Thursday, September 26, 2013

Better know a politician: Charlie Baker

Name: Charlie Baker

Political party: Republican (R)

State: Massachusetts

Current position: Executive in residence, General Catalyst Partners
Member, Board of Directors Tremont Credit Union

Previous position: Candidate, Massachusetts Governor 2010 election
Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance 1994-1998

Future position: Baker has announced that he will run in 2014 for Massachusetts governor.  He is the only Republican who has announced that he will run for governor.

Previous election: 2010, Massachusetts Governor
Deval Patrick (D): 48%
Charlie Baker (R): 42%

Future election: Baker being the only Republican candidate who has declared is likely to face Martha Coakley in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Polling results:
Public Policy Polling, September 24, 2013

Favorable: 33%
Unfavorable: 26%
Not sure: 40%

Martha Coakley (D): 51%
Charlie Baker (R): 38%
Not sure: 11%

Issues/Positions/Accomplishments

  • Supports pro-choice policies
  • Supports same-sex marriage
  • Received a 94 from Gun Owners Action League
  • Opposed a bill that would add transgenders to anti-discrimination bill
  • Would require state residency card to receive state benefits
  • Supported a voter backed proposition that would raise property taxes
  • Supporter of charter schools
  • Wants to eliminate contractors being required to enter into a labor agreement with the state
  • Would allow cities and towns to join the state's Group Insurance Commission without union approval
  • Supports ending a law limiting the state's ability to privatize services
  • Supports curtailing public employee retiree benefits
  • Would consolidate health and human service agencies
  • Require state welfare to be in line with federal standards
  • Toughen eligibility standards for state benefits
  • Require prisoners to pay room and board
  • Dedicate 1% of annual revenues to the rainy day fund
  • Reduce state sales tax to 5%
  • Supports reducing the state's workforce by 5,000
  • Opposes Cape Wind project that builds an offshore wind farm 

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