Gov. Baker touts accomplishments, sets goals in State of the State speech

Gov. Charlie Baker hailed what he called the spirit of bipartisanship on Beacon Hill as he detailed some of his goals for the new year in his first State of the State address.

The Republican governor spoke for about 25 minutes to a joint session of the Legislature – overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats – and a statewide television audience Thursday evening.

Baker looked back at what he said were some of his administration’s accomplishments during his first year in office, from battling historic snows to working to overhaul the public transit system.

Baker said his goals for the new year include stemming the tide of opioid deaths, expanding the state’s renewable energy portfolio and encouraging the creation of more charter schools.

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