Several elected Democrats took aim at Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday after a scathing federal report was released documenting the MBTA’s safety deficiencies, pinning the blame on the outgoing Republican or his deputies ahead of corner-office turnover in January.
Republican delegates qualified both of their candidates for Massachusetts governor – Geoff Diehl and Chris Doughty – for the September primary ballot over the weekend, and gave Diehl the party’s endorsement in the race.
Acknowledging that surplus tax collections and federal aid have kept Massachusetts afloat through the darkest days of the pandemic, House leadership on Wednesday unveiled a nearly $50 billion budget for fiscal year 2023 that Speaker Ron Mariano said will reinvest in the state’s lower- and middle-class residents and gird the post-COVID economy for “tough times” in the future.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Chris Doughty, a political outsider, aligned his campaign with a former member of the legislature on Tuesday as he introduced Kate Campanale as his informal running mate, giving the Wrentham businessman an entree to the establishment wing of the Republican Party.
Chris Doughty, a Wrentham Republican who has grown a manufacturing business here over the last three decades, announced Wednesday that he is running for governor, upping the level of competition on the GOP side in the campaign to succeed outgoing Gov. Charlie Baker.