Both Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito spoke at the installation, which was held February 2nd at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, and their remarks went a long way toward explaining why Baker is the nation’s most popular governor, according to recent polling.
Governor Baker described his recent economic development proposal, which includes funding to upgrade and expand the commonwealth’s vocational-technical programs. He clearly understands that a workforce that can compete in the 21st century economy requires not just engineers and scientists, but also investments in skilled tradespeople.
The Governor noted that elections are obviously important, but governing requires a different set of skills. He talked about how an approach that focuses on the nuts and bolts of governing – “blocking and tackling” as he calls it – may not make headlines, but it produces accomplishments that residents care about, such as being able to get in and out of the Registry of Motor Vehicles quickly.
He also spoke eloquently about governing in a democracy, in which no one person or branch of government yields all the power. By developing a strong relationship with the Legislature and listening to their concerns, he was able to close a large budget gap upon entering office and pass MBTA reform legislation that few would have believed was possible just a couple of months before he signed it.
The good news is that Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito are doing a great job of making Massachusetts a place where ABC members and the entire construction industry can thrive. What’s even better is that he solicits our input and really listens to our concerns. Judging from his poll numbers, we may not be the only ones who feel that way.