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Charlie Baker on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Hobby Lobby: contraception for all employees in MA. (Sep 2014)
  • Pro-choice; respects woman's right to decide medical care. (Sep 2014)
  • I support a woman's right to choose. (Aug 2010)
Charlie Baker on Budget & Economy
Click here for 2 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Getting MA Back in Business: streamline rules; reduce taxes. (Nov 2010)
  • Cut government spending and roll back sakes taxes. (Nov 2010)
Charlie Baker on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • OpEd: Campaign staff almost all white; others show diversity. (Sep 2014)
  • 2010: opposed trans-gendered "bathroom bill"; 2014: it's ok. (Sep 2014)
  • Supports marriage equality; gay brother is married. (Sep 2014)
  • Running-mate supports existing law on gay marriage. (Dec 2013)
Charlie Baker on Corporations
Click here for the full quote on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Cut business tax to 5%; remove ancillary business fees. (Nov 2010)
Charlie Baker on Crime
Click here for 3 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • 2010: charge state prisoners $5 a day for their room & board. (Sep 2014)
  • Seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber. (Feb 2014)
  • Hold accountable those responsible for state drug lab crisis. (Oct 2013)
Charlie Baker on Drugs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Vigorously oppose recreational marijuana but medical pot ok. (Nov 2014)
  • Get dispensaries open for medical marijuana. (Nov 2014)
  • Alternative incarceration & treat non-violent offenders. (Sep 2014)
  • Repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenses. (Sep 2014)
  • I've smoked pot many times, but legalizing is a bad idea. (Sep 2014)
Charlie Baker on Education
Click here for 6 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Opposes Common Core, but willing to work with federal system. (Sep 2014)
  • I attended public schools, and so do my three kids. (Sep 2014)
  • Pioneer Institute: promote charter schools. (Sep 2014)
  • Improve public schools, plus college tuition reform. (Sep 2014)
  • Increase charter, magnet, and alternative public schools. (Nov 2010)
  • Teachers' unions put their own interests above students'. (Oct 2010)
Charlie Baker on Energy & Oil
Click here for 4 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • 2010: questioned global warming; 2014: yes, it's manmade. (Sep 2014)
  • Helped gather signatures to repeal gas tax increase. (Sep 2014)
  • Support Hydro Quebec, efficient appliances, and LED lighting. (Nov 2010)
  • Renewable energy is an important investment in our future. (Nov 2010)
Charlie Baker on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Bottle bill is a money grab; don't expand it. (Sep 2014)
  • Lobster fishing regulations are dangerous and burdensome. (Sep 2014)
  • Protect & preserve natural resources for future generations. (Nov 2010)
Charlie Baker on Families & Children
Click here for the full quote on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Top-to-bottom review of Department of Children and Families. (Sep 2014)
Charlie Baker on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Charlie Baker on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Charlie Baker on Government Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Declined to sign "People's Pledge" against outside PAC ads. (Oct 2014)
  • More campaign finance disclosure but remove union exemptions. (Sep 2014)
  • Supports open meeting law: make legislative debate public. (Sep 2014)
  • $500 donor limit is crazy; it's suppression of free speech. (Dec 2013)
Charlie Baker on Gun Control
Click here for 4 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Federal assault weapons ban hasn't solved the problem. (Sep 2014)
  • Let local police chiefs decide who can get shotguns. (Aug 2014)
  • Expand background checks; no gun unless mentally healthy. (Sep 2013)
  • Supports tough gun control laws. (Aug 2010)
Charlie Baker on Health Care
Click here for 2 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Access to health care is a basic right. (Jun 2014)
  • Eliminate mandated benefits that are more than people need. (Nov 2010)
Charlie Baker on Homeland Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Charlie Baker on Immigration
Click here for 4 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Adopt Secure Communities and REAL ID standards. (Nov 2014)
  • Teach English to immigrants and match up with jobs. (Sep 2014)
  • Humanitarian relief for unaccompanied kids crossing border. (Sep 2014)
  • Verify legal status before providing any state benefits. (Nov 2010)
Charlie Baker on Jobs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Raise minimum wage from $8 to $10.50, but not $11/hour. (Sep 2014)
  • Lower minimum wage for teens; maybe $7 to $9 instead of $11. (Sep 2014)
  • Change direction on job losses and tax increases. (Oct 2010)
Charlie Baker on Local Issues
Click here for 3 full quotes on Local Issues OR background on Local Issues.
  • 2010: Opposed Cape Wind; 2014: it's a done deal. (Sep 2014)
  • One casino is best, but vote "no" on casino repeal. (Aug 2014)
  • Cutting local aid should be off the table right now. (Nov 2010)
Charlie Baker on Principles & Values
Click here for 3 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Harvard graduate; majored in English. (Sep 2014)
  • Bill Weld Republican: fiscal conservative & social moderate. (Sep 2014)
  • Tea Party has contributed to civic engagement. (Sep 2014)
Charlie Baker on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Charlie Baker on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • 2010: 5-5-5 plan to cut sales, income, and business taxes. (Sep 2014)
  • Reform before revenue: no status quo but no tax increase. (Sep 2014)
  • Make MA taxes competitive with other states. (Nov 2010)
  • Signed the no-new taxes pledge. (Sep 2010)
Charlie Baker on Technology
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Charlie Baker on War & Peace
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Charlie Baker on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • 2-year limit & work requirement for welfare. (Sep 2014)
  • Raise both minimum wage & Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jun 2014)
  • Cut state retirement benefits to reduce $22B liability. (Nov 2010)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Hobby Lobby: contraception for all employees in MA: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice; respects woman's right to decide medical care: Strongly Favors topic 1
I support a woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: Campaign staff almost all white; others show diversity: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
2010: opposed trans-gendered "bathroom bill"; 2014: it's ok: Favors topic 3
Supports marriage equality; gay brother is married: Strongly Favors topic 3
Running-mate supports existing law on gay marriage: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Access to health care is a basic right: Strongly Favors topic 5
Eliminate mandated benefits that are more than people need: Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes Common Core, but willing to work with federal system: Favors topic 7
I attended public schools, and so do my three kids: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Pioneer Institute: promote charter schools: Favors topic 7
Improve public schools, plus college tuition reform: Opposes topic 7
Increase charter, magnet, and alternative public schools: Favors topic 7
Teachers' unions put their own interests above students': Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-3 points on Social scale)
Bottle bill is a money grab; don't expand it: Favors topic 8
Lobster fishing regulations are dangerous and burdensome: Favors topic 8
Protect & preserve natural resources for future generations: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
2010: charge state prisoners $5 a day for their room & board: Favors topic 9
Seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber: Strongly Favors topic 9
Hold accountable those responsible for state drug lab crisis: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Federal assault weapons ban hasn't solved the problem: Favors topic 10
Let local police chiefs decide who can get shotguns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Expand background checks; no gun unless mentally healthy: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports tough gun control laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2010: 5-5-5 plan to cut sales, income, and business taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reform before revenue: no status quo but no tax increase: Favors topic 11
Cut business tax to 5%; remove ancillary business fees: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Make MA taxes competitive with other states: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Change direction on job losses and tax increases: Opposes topic 11
Signed the no-new taxes pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Adopt Secure Communities and REAL ID standards: Opposes topic 12
Teach English to immigrants and match up with jobs: Opposes topic 12
Humanitarian relief for unaccompanied kids crossing border: Favors topic 12
Verify legal status before providing any state benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-3 points on Social scale)
Declined to sign "People's Pledge" against outside PAC ads: Opposes topic 16
More campaign finance disclosure but remove union exemptions: Favors topic 16
Supports open meeting law: make legislative debate public: Favors topic 16
$500 donor limit is crazy; it's suppression of free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
2010: questioned global warming; 2014: yes, it's manmade: Favors topic 18
Helped gather signatures to repeal gas tax increase: Strongly Opposes topic 18
2010: Opposed Cape Wind; 2014: it's a done deal: Favors topic 18
Support Hydro Quebec, efficient appliances, and LED lighting: Strongly Favors topic 18
Renewable energy is an important investment in our future: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Vigorously oppose recreational marijuana but medical pot ok: Strongly Favors topic 19
Get dispensaries open for medical marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Alternative incarceration & treat non-violent offenders: Opposes topic 19
Repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenses: Strongly Opposes topic 19
I've smoked pot many times, but legalizing is a bad idea: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Raise minimum wage from $8 to $10.50, but not $11/hour: Favors topic 20
Lower minimum wage for teens; maybe $7 to $9 instead of $11: Opposes topic 20
Raise both minimum wage & Earned Income Tax Credit: Favors topic 20
Getting MA Back in Business: streamline rules; reduce taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut government spending and roll back sakes taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Charlie Baker is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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