WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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inmates in Massachusetts are in poverty, addicted, under-educated, or unable to be productive members of society. Admittedly, there are some pretty evil and ill characters in jail too, but he believes that attacking social problems and improving re-entry programs will both improve lives and have fewer folks in our prisons. Baker also is focused on making health care more affordable. If you add the GIC — health insurance for state employees — to MassHealth and health care pension costs, health care is more than half of the state budget. If you can't deal with health care, you can't deal with the state budget issues. Everything else is minor in comparison. WWM: After a Clinton or Bush presi- dency, would you prefer to follow Baker to Washington or occupy his office in the Commonwealth? LP: I get a choice? The governor claims — and I believe him — that he is never running for national office. So, I'll take Governor of Massachusetts. WWM: Does the governor laugh at your jokes? Is that part of the reason he hired you? LP: I didn't make any jokes during my inter- view. But, yes, he laughs at my jokes. If he lived in Wellesley or Weston and had kids your age and you stood on the sidelines with him at a soccer match, you would find him a really good, down-to-earth guy. 67 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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