GOVERNORS

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The second shakeup of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration was recently announced. Secretary Jay Ash is leaving the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development this month.

'The Process Is Cruel,' Patrick Says In Opting Against Presidential Run

Dec 6, 2018

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick confirmed Thursday he won’t run for president in 2020, telling WBUR in an interview that his decision was due in part to the cruelty of the process.

“As [my wife] Diane and I reflected on it, there’s no way around the fact that the process is cruel,” he told Bob Oakes. “And though she and I were prepared for that, I think we realized that it was going to draw in and affect people we loved who were not necessarily prepared for that or signed up for that.”

Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont said that he is still focused on pushing for a truck-only highway toll, despite a state Department of Transportation study released last week that showed tolling all vehicles would generate as much as $1 billion a year.

This year’s race for governor saw candidates spending a lot of money for each vote cast. Democrat Ned Lamont outspent his Republican opponent nearly two to one.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, gave his fourth annual address from the House rostrum.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

With the midterm election over, what's next for Massachusetts? 

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