SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 700 people came to the MassMutual Center Tuesday to hear from Governor Baker and Congressman Richard Neal at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Outlook 2016 luncheon.
Outlook is usually one of the Chamber’s biggest events of the year. It gives business leaders a chance to talk to lawmakers about issues that could affect the local economy.
Governor Baker was the keynote speaker of today’s event. He addressed several issues, including lowering the cost of energy, lifting the cap on charter schools, and combating the opiate epidemic. Baker said opiate addiction is a statewide epidemic, and the Legislature has passed several laws this year to try to deal with it.
Congressman Richard Neal talked about issues that particularly affect us here western Massachusetts, including the importance of regional equity.
“There are issues of long-standing challenges like the MBTA, and certainly proposals to expand on the Green Line, and I’m going to make the argument that the same considerations need to be extended here to central and western Massachusetts,” Neal said.
Congressman Neal and Governor Baker also spoke about the presidential race. They didn’t call out any specific candidate, but did say they’re worried real issues aren’t being addressed.