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Baker targets spending in inaugural speech

Sounding themes of fiscal restraint and government reform, Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to tackle some of the state’s more intractable problems — homelessness, educational disparities and opiate addiction — during his inaugural address last week.

Baker sworn in as governor

Governor Charlie Baker pledged to close a state budget deficit, rein in state spending, expand charter schools and contain health care costs in his inaugural speech.

In the News: Francisco Urena

The Baker-Polito administration announced Francisco Urena will serve as Secretary for Veterans’ Services.

Deval Patrick’s ‘together we can’ mantra led to substantial legislative record

Gov. Deval Patrick secured his place in Massachusetts history with a resounding victory over Republican candidate Kerry Healey in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, running on the theme, “together we can.” Over the next eight years, the state’s first black governor ...

Massachusetts mourns loss of Sen. Brooke

Massachusetts officials comment on Sen. Edward Brooke’s passing

Deval Patrick: The double veil of an improbable life

As Governor Deval Patrick takes his final walk down the State House steps, he can look back on a record of successfully shepherding the Massachusetts economy through the 2008 financial meltdown, increasing diversity in the courts and executive suites, and ...

Edward Brooke blazed trail for black progress

Sen. Edward W. Brooke will always remain a hero to the veterans of the battle for civil rights. He was keenly intelligent, extraordinarily gracious and endowed with natural and persuasive oratorical skills. Brooke set a standard for competence which very ...

Black and Latino caucus members discuss police reform legislation

With police practices facing scrutiny across the U.S., Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus members are poised to push for a package of criminal justice system reform legislation aimed at promoting greater transparency and accountability in the state’s law enforcement ...

In the News: Christine Araujo

Mayor Martin Walsh announced that Christine Araujo is the new chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals, which regulates appeals to the use and dimensional boundaries of privately owned buildings and land throughout the city of Boston. Araujo will be ...

Midterm elections see more Latinos seated in Congress

Latinos posted groundbreaking wins in Congress in the 2014 election, with five new candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, claiming seats in the House. These victories will bring the total number of Latino members of Congress up to 32 — the ...

Report shows Latinos underrepresented in local government leadership

A report released this week, “The Silent Crisis: Including Latinos and Why It Matters,” shows that while Latinos make up 17.5 percent of Boston’s population, they hold only 7.5 percent of cabinet, senior staff or chief positions and only 7.1 ...

Governor Patrick signs order on environmental justice

Governor Deval Patrick has signed an Executive Order on Environmental Justice that enhances environmental protections and benefits for communities of color and low-income or limited-English-proficiency communities, groups that bear a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution and toxins.

Mayor vetoes proposed commission on black and Latino boys and men

City Council members reacted indignantly last week to Mayor Martin Walsh’s veto of a proposed new Commission on the Status of Black Men and Boys in Boston that District 7 Councilor Tito Jackson had been championing for the past 10 ...

Immigration changes seen as temporary fix

President Obama’s executive order on immigration will grant temporary status to 4.4 million undocumented immigrants, but will not alter the status of an additional 6 million people who entered the United States illegally.

Observers encouraged by Baker administration transition team diversity, yet Latinos not represented

Many in the black community were encouraged by Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s inclusion of four African Americans among the 16 chairmen of his transition team. No Latinos were appointed chairs of the team.