By Jon Keller


BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he was surprised by how great it was to work with Governor Charlie Baker–especially after he’d heard mixed reviews about dealing with him.

“I didn’t know what the governor was going to be all about,” said DeLeo. “I’d heard it was going to be terrible dealing with him, to it was going to be the most unbelievable experience of my life dealing with him. And I’d have to say, he’s been wonderful.”

DeLeo sat down with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller to talk about the ups and downs of 2015 and look forward to next year. Among the subjects they talked about was DeLeo’s opposition to new taxes in 2016.

“I think that when we take a look in terms of the economic condition of the commonwealth, and you take a look in terms of what families are going through right now, frankly I don’t think any further tax burden on families is helpful,” said DeLeo.

DeLeo also said that, in 2016, he wants to see a rise in confidence that the MBTA is being run properly.

“I think we’re on the way, hopefully, with this control board,” said DeLeo.

Keller and DeLeo also talked about fighting opioid abuse and charter school issues.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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