Here are some highlights from a recent Associated Press interview with Gov.-elect Charlie Baker.


Baker said resolving the state's estimated $329 million budget deficit would be among his first priorities. He said his administration likely wouldn't have a full reading of the problem until a few weeks after he takes office in January, and the gap could grow. Baker told the AP he's opposed to dipping into the state's rainy day fund or cutting aid to cities and towns.


Baker said he would support legislation to expand the cap on charter schools in the lowest-performing school districts in the state and said there needs to be greater appreciation for the challenges associated with teaching in urban areas. Baker also called for a "robust conversation" over the state's acceptance of federal Common Core standards.


Baker said equipping Massachusetts police officers with body cameras was "probably worth pursuing" if issues surrounding privacy can be resolved. He said police and public officials need to spend more time developing relationships and building trust in communities that feel left behind or disenfranchised.


Baker expressed frustration with the state's troubled rollout of the voter-approved medical marijuana program and said it was "hugely problematic" that cancer patients and others who expected access to medical marijuana almost a year ago still don't have it. Baker said he's also opposed to the full legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts.


Baker said he still wants to make sure the state retains the flexibility it needs to chart its own course on health care without heavy federal intervention. He said he's taking a wait-and-see approach to the relaunch of the state's health care website, which initially appears to be going far smoother than the disastrous rollout last year.


Baker noted that he has been critical of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Asked if has confidence in commission chair Stephen Crosby or would seek a change in leadership, Baker would only say that he expected to share some of his concerns about the process upon taking office.