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Lt. Governor Visits Class, Discusses Administration’s Accomplishments

October 12, 2016

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito described her rise to one of the state's highest offices and specific accomplishments of the Baker-Polito administration before a group of students in a government class earlier this week. Polito was the guest of Professor Paul Debole, who teaches the state and local government class. Gov. Charlie Baker also visited the class last spring.

Polito, who was serving as acting Governor while Gov. Baker visited Ireland, told the group of students about her entrance into politics, which began as a town meeting member in Shrewsbury.

She also described political losses, such as her run for state Treasurer, which also cemented her desire to serve in a state-wide position.

Polito offered the students an inside look into the choices the administration has made regarding issues of importance to the state.

She said that a desire and vision for safe and peaceful communities is a top priority as well as transparent communication with the people of the state.

One example that set the tone for the administration's communication abilities, she said, was the response to the record-breaking snowfall of 2015.

"In state government, there a lot of surprises. We were three weeks in when the snow started to fall," she added.

Other issues she raised included opiate addiction and prevention and clean energy options, which required working side-by-side with members of the state legislature.

She also offered her opinions on two upcoming ballot initiatives in the November election: Question 2 - the expansion of charter schools (she is in favor) and Question 4 - regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana use (she is opposed).

Students questioned her about her efforts to strengthen the sex offender legislation and her position on how to prevent homelessness.