Tonight's The Big Night

Gov. Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Tonight’s the night for political junkies and, hopefully, everyone else who cares about their taxes, schools, roads and public transit.

It’s the first debate between Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, former state official Jay Gonzalez, airing live from 8 to 9pm here on WBZ Newsradio 1030 as well as TV38 and C-Span, moderated by yours truly. And I expect it to be well worth your time.

For starters, there’s a lot at stake. Maybe not for you, if you already own your dream home, have a chauffeur to get you around, and are perfectly content with your kids’ education.

But for the rest of us, the next four years may bring answers to some important questions:

Will the cost of living – transportation, housing, energy, groceries and so on – continue to outstrip wage increases and make us one of the nation’s most expensive places to live?

Will traffic congestion – already among the worst in the nation - continue to get worse?

Will all the promises about new MBTA cars and improved infrastructure deliver better service, or will it continue to be unreliable and mediocre at best?

None of these problems were caused by Baker or Gonzalez, so tonight’s debate shouldn’t be a blame game. But it should be a contest of ideas and vision. Lord knows we need both.

So I hope you’ll join me tonight at 8 right here, for what might be the most important hour of research you can do before voting day.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. Listen to his previous podcasts on iHeartRadio. 

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