January 30, 2016/Weekly Column

Gov. Baker’s Budget “Disastrous” for Education

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Gov. Baker’s Health and Human Services Secretary questions whether the Commonwealth should continue to reach out to those Bay Staters who still don’t have health insurance – primarily people of color, immigrants and low-income residents. Read more here

And if you think that’s bad, Baker’s Education Secretary publicly stated he is against a ballot initiative that would dedicate revenue for education and transportation – despite the fact that the administration’s recent budget will likely lead to teacher layoffs. Read more here

That lack of financial support to our public schools in Baker’s budget is now being called “Disastrous,” by one school superintendent, with another saying this year’s negligible increase, “won’t cover cleaning supplies.” Read more here

Congressman Mike Capuano of Somerville is warning that the Baker administration’s potential cuts to the Green Line Extension are jeopardizing Federal transportation funding.Read more here

MassDems LGBT Co-Chair Tyler Carlton: Governor Charlie Baker, refusing to reverse his 2010 stance against the transgender public accommodations bill, continues to show his lack of leadership. Read more here

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