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Charlie Baker

Charles Duane Baker Jr. is an American politician and businessman serving as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts since January 8, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Baker was a cabinet official under two governors of Massachusetts and served ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

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I'm a big believer in what I call demand-style workforce development. It looks at what kinds of skills are in demand out there in the workplace. It takes that approach to skill-building.
I think I've got a track record and an experience brief that I'll put up against anybody's.
Do I miss Harvard? Not for a second. With a few exceptions... those four years are ones I would rather forget. — © Charlie Baker
Do I miss Harvard? Not for a second. With a few exceptions... those four years are ones I would rather forget.
I'm not a virtue signaler.
There are creative ways to create pathways to sufficiency for families in need. To do so, we need to work together to implement good ideas.
When public leaders turn public debates into words of war - 'enemies' 'go to hell' 'attack' - they are enabling the edgiest of their followers to take things into their hands, and unfortunately, some of them do.
You just can't get surprised when you get surprised, because weird stuff just comes over the transom all the time, and it's not necessarily anything that you've planned for or anticipated.
If you want to be great, you should be great everywhere, not just here and there.
There are very few people who work for me who are afraid to tell me what I don't want to hear.
I believe I'm a real champion for women.
I oppose indexing gas tax hikes to inflation.
Massachusetts is a global community.
I think our agenda is very aspirational.
If our elected representatives want to further increase the gas tax, they should have to take a vote each time they do. — © Charlie Baker
If our elected representatives want to further increase the gas tax, they should have to take a vote each time they do.
I hope when I am governor and it's all over, I am a governor who underpromised and overdelivered.
Politics and public life are not for the faint of heart. It has been and always will be a noisy and cantankerous place.
There are a number of issues that I disagree vehemently with Mr. Trump on. I question whether he's got the temperament to serve as president.
I've said for a long time that the governor and the mayors should be far more engaged in this conversation at the federal level. I mean, the consequences and the impact of the federal government's broken immigration policy do not land on the backs of the people in Washington. They just don't.
I don't like it necessarily when other people speak for me.
Mitt Romney said many years ago that he thought Russia was the single biggest geopolitical threat to the United States and their presence in a variety of conflicts of one type or another have borne out much of what Mitt Romney said.
The thing I would say is governments have the tendency to over-promise and under-perform. So the over-promise part ends up sounding very aspirational. But it's the performance part that ultimately people feel every day and read about. And my goal is to make sure, whatever it is we aspire to, that we deliver on.
We all benefit from the shared experiences of our partners from around the world. Our education, health care, business and public sector institutions rely on these relationships to deliver on their missions every single day.
The biggest difference between the private sector and public sector is in the private sector, there's a sense of urgency because you have customers and you have competitors. Whereas in government, one of your major objectives is to not make any really big mistakes.
Balance is a good thing - checks and balances are a good thing.
Our Founders worried a lot about the tyranny of the majority. They designed our form of government to provide a loud voice for minority points of view. They hated the idea of unilateral power. And wanted to force advocates and policy makers, through structure and process, to compromise.
Nobody wants to see someone's life ruined over a small-time lapse in judgment.
I think people are kind of tired of the really amped-up rhetoric that passes for a lot of political dialogue, and they appreciate the fact that that's not the way we are participating in this process.
When leaders choose to burn bridges instead of build them, they sacrifice their ability to do their jobs.
When my brothers and I were young, my mom, a Democrat, and my dad, a Republican, used to lead freewheeling discussions at our dinner table. The only rule was paying attention when others were talking, and no interrupting.
I don't think any Patriots fan would want anything other than for Tom Brady to stay.
How well we spend education dollars is just as important as how much we spend.
There's value in checks and balances. And there's value in having independence in the governor's office with respect to the legislature.
I'm a big-tent Republican.
One of the advantages of getting elected governor when you're 58 instead of 38 is you have some mileage on you and part of that means some history and some relationships with people who have spent a fair amount of their career in the public and in the private sector.
I'm a very big believer that the primary focus for any organization at any point in time should always be smarter, better, faster.
I think it's important for people to believe their elections are on the up and up and they aren't being tampered with by anyone, and in this particular instance there's a large body of evidence that at a minimum Russia tried to tamper with our election.
My mission will be to improve life across Massachusetts, including communities and geographies that are seeing a slower economic recovery. Lower and fairer taxes are an important part of creating jobs and accomplishing that goal.
We need to root out the waste and abuse that is rampant in our state agencies. When we do that and grow the economy, we will be able to fund the vital programs and services we need.
I would argue that the charter schools are really good at building programming and curriculum around the issues and the interests of the kids that they serve. — © Charlie Baker
I would argue that the charter schools are really good at building programming and curriculum around the issues and the interests of the kids that they serve.
I'm a pro-choice candidate and I support marriage equality - my brother is actually gay and married. But I'm a pretty hard-headed guy when it comes to the budget and whether you're getting a bang for your buck.
As governor, I would seek to ensure that Massachusetts has access to a balanced portfolio of low-cost energy that doesn't put us at a competitive disadvantage relative to other states, or put an even heavier burden on working families.
Tom Brady has given a tremendous amount of happiness joy and amazement to people all over New England and to fans outside New England as well.
The most important thing you need to make one of those incubator/accelerator type projects work is to have some people who understand how to do it and want to do it in a particular place.
I do see great opportunity to make reforms to our tax code, making it simpler, fairer and removing corporate loopholes.
I think our Republican brand is an effective one and I think it fits and works here in Massachusetts.
Expanding Massachusetts' developing gaming industry to include wagering on professional sports is an opportunity for Massachusetts to invest in local aid while remaining competitive with many other states pursuing similar regulations.
I've said many times that people are policy. And to be truly successful in any big organization you need to put people into jobs where they have relevant experience, relevant subject-matter expertise and the capacity to actually perform.
I've supported a lot of folks with a lot of points of view. But I have concerns about Mr. Trump's temperament. Some of the things he's said about women, Muslims and religious freedom, I just can't support.
I don't think it's appropriate for people who are citizens of Massachusetts to be waiting in line when folks who aren't citizens access benefits. — © Charlie Baker
I don't think it's appropriate for people who are citizens of Massachusetts to be waiting in line when folks who aren't citizens access benefits.
Competition in politics is just as important as competition in everything else.
The Democrats for the most part want to raise taxes, we don't.
I'm not going to raise taxes.
I rode it a lot before I was governor. I rode the commuter rail for a lot of years, I rode the T for a lot of years, and I talk to people all the time who ride both.
This is Massachusetts, we're supposed to be one of the tech centers of the world. We have MIT within walking distance of the state house.
When I left Harvard Pilgrim, it had been ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for customer satisfaction for six years in a row.
Whether it's the grind of the day to day, or a crisis, we all need to work together because that's what great public service is all about.
Success is measured by what we accomplish together.
Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci are my political role models.
When a mom or dad can stop worrying about where they will lay their head each night they can start climbing back on their feet and out of poverty.
My wife, Lauren, is a remarkably good sport and one of the most adaptable personalities I've ever met.
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