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Fixing the MBTA. Curbing energy costs. Putting the brakes on runaway inflation in the state’s MassHealth program for low-income residents.

Sounds a lot like Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda, right?

Except that it’s also the to-do list for House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

DeLeo gave local business leaders a broad overview of where he wants to take the Legislature this year during a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at the Seaport Hotel on Tuesday.

Inevitably, there will be differences in how these goals will be accomplished — Baker has already clashed with legislative leaders about how much authority he should have in containing MassHealth costs, for example.


But the fact that Baker and DeLeo share a number of legislative priorities bodes well for Baker: He’s embarking on his first term as a Republican governor who has to work with a Democrat-controlled Legislature. Cooperation will be particularly important as these leaders wrestle with a $1 billion-plus budget shortfall. On Wednesday, Baker will release his version of the state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

DeLeo knows he’ll disagree with some of Baker’s proposals — he essentially threw cold water on Baker’s plan to gut the state’s film tax credits on Tuesday — and he knows Baker won’t agree with everything he wants to do. But DeLeo said they’ve had a courteous relationship so far.

“I think we all have the same goals in mind, to come up with the solutions that are in the best interest of the people of the Commonwealth,” DeLeo said.

Like Baker, DeLeo wants to work with leaders in other New England states to take a regional approach to energy costs. The New England states are interdependent in this regard — the wholesale electricity market consists of all six states, and many natural gas pipelines cross state borders.


DeLeo said he’s asking his new energy chairman, Representative Thomas Golden of Lowell, to meet with legislative leaders in other New England states. DeLeo said it’s too soon to offer any specifics about how he will deal with the issue, although he mentioned wanting to modernize the state’s infrastructure. “Our goal will be to facilitate a reliable system — one which is resistant to price spikes during our notoriously tough winters,” DeLeo said.

To help tackle MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid insurance system, DeLeo said he is creating a legislative commission to examine how the state can collaborate with Medicaid managed-care organizations. These health plans’ budgets are soaring, in part because of the rising costs of treatments for rare diseases.

“Through our world-class R&D institutions, seasoned business community, and committed doctors, Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to solve this problem,” DeLeo said. “So let’s lead by solving this problem.”

DeLeo said he is waiting for a task force appointed by Baker to return with its findings before backing any specific legislation for fixing the chronically underfunded MBTA. But he said he wants state policy to be guided by certain concepts: stronger planning for extreme weather; better communication with commuters; and making sure the T has plans to maintain the existing system.

DeLeo also pledged to renew efforts to support the state’s early education and child care programs and to make behavioral health and addiction services a priority.

And he called for business leaders to help spread Boston’s economic gains to other parts of the state.


“I appeal to those in the room today: Before looking for an out-of-state vendor, service provider, or business partner, look in Massachusetts,” DeLeo said. “My belief is that whatever you are seeking can be found right here in Massachusetts.”

Jon Chesto can be reached at jon.chesto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jonchesto.