- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on Gov. Charlie Baker’s state of the state address (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker is calling for improvements in education, transportation and housing in his last state of the state address before seeking a second term.

The Republican says Tuesday that Massachusetts can’t rest on its laurels.

He says the state has seen a drop in opioid-related overdose deaths, but asked lawmakers to pass a bill aimed at expanding the fight against opioid addiction.

He’s pushing a plan to create 135,000 new housing units in Massachusetts and says the state is committed to increasing its reliance on renewable energy.

Baker says he’s also committed to improving the MBTA and making commuter rail from Fall River and New Bedford to Boston a reality.

In an acknowledgement of the nation’s acrimonious political times, Baker called for “a common decency in our debate.”

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12:03 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to outline his priorities for the new year when he delivers his last state of the state address before seeking a second term.

The Republican will discuss the progress that Massachusetts has made in combatting the opioid overdose epidemic in the Tuesday speech. He’ll call for other measures, including letting police and medical professionals bring high-risk individuals to substance abuse treatment centers, even against their will, for up to 72 hours.

Baker also plans to talk about ongoing efforts to increase the state’s reliance on renewable energy and his push to create 135,000 new housing units in Massachusetts by 2025.

Aides to Baker say he’ll offer details on transportation plans for the state and renew his pledge to oppose new tax increases.


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