Gov. Charlie Bakerâ€™s impressive and commanding State of the State address to the state legislature Tuesday evening truly was one of the most powerful such speeches in recent memory.
Gov. Baker listed a host of accomplishments of his administration, most notably the progress in combating the opioid addiction crisis and reducing homelessness across the state.
However, as is his style, Gov. Baker, a Republican, was quick to point out that these accomplishments were achieved through bipartisan cooperation with the overwhelmingly-Democratic state legislature .
â€œWe live in a great state filled with creative, community-minded, hard-working, and decent people,â€ the governor said, â€œand what they want from us is opportunity, possibility, and hope. Not noise. Not name-calling. And not finger-pointing. They want progress on the things that help them help themselves.â€
There is a reason that Gov. Baker, who won election in 2014 by the smallest margin in the state in 50 years, now rates as the most popular governor in the country: Gov. Bakerâ€™s decency, compassion, and dedication to our Commonwealth and its people is readily-apparent and second-to-none.
In short, we have a governor who wants to do the right thing for all of our people; who sees his mission as a uniter; and who is proud of his practical-minded approach to solving our problems.
Gov. Baker has set the standard for elected officials not only in our state, but at the national level as well — and we are indeed very fortunate to have Gov. Charlie Baker at the helm of our ship of state in Massachusetts.