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  • Governor Raimondo Announces 12 New Real Jobs RI Partnerships
    PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) today announced the award of 12 new partnerships and $1.6 million in implementation grants to expand Real Jobs Rhode Island (Real Jobs RI). The 12 new grantees join Real Jobs RI's expansive network of strategic, employer-led, industry partnerships that develop customized workforce solutions to address the unique workforce challenges of Rhode Island's high-demand and high-wage industries and expand opportunities for Rhode Islanders. After issuing solicitation for proposals in January, the Department of Labor and Training received applications from employers across the state. The 12 partnerships announced today will be supported by more than 160 employer partners and will connect hundreds of Rhode Islanders with employment and training opportunities in growing industries including bioscience, energy, finance and insurance, food processing and manufacturing, healthcare and information technology. "Real Jobs Rhode Island has served almost 6,000 Rhode Islanders, helping them get the skills they need to compete in a rapidly-changing economy," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Our employer-centered model allows Rhode Island employers to directly train future employees for good-paying jobs and is a critical element of our success. I'm thrilled that we're continuing to grow Real Jobs, and I'm confident that these 12 new partnerships in high-demand fields will open doors for hardworking Rhode Islanders." Real Jobs RI is a state and federally funded, competitive workforce and economic development grant program launched by the Governor in 2015. To date, Real Jobs RI partnerships have developed workforce ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-04-08
    1 week ago
  • Linda Larsen Named Chair of the CTE Board of Trustees
    Leaders from Industry and Education Collaborate to Improve Career Pathways for Students PROVIDENCE, R.I. - As Rhode Island continues to expand career education pathways for all Rhode Island students, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has made several new appointments to the Rhode Island Career and Technical Board of Trustees, including naming Linda Larsen of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) as the new Chair. "Since 2015, we have increased the number of quality career education programs by 56 percent, thanks in part to the support and leadership of the CTE Board of Trustees," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "The industry leaders who generously give their time and expertise to serve on this Board know better than anyone what businesses need to grow and thrive, and their guidance ensures that our statewide education and economic development strategies are supporting business and cultivating a strong talent pipeline for the future. I want to thank Linda for her commitment and enthusiasm, and all of the incoming members for their willingness to partner with us in this important work." "Historically, education has been too focused on supply, but we cannot assume that we know best what our partners in the economic development sector need. We are working to shift that paradigm to focus instead on demand - demand from our students and families on what they want to learn and experience, and demand from businesses on the skills that students need to be successful in the workforce," said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-03-21
    4 weeks ago
  • What They're Saying: Raimondo Announces Angélica Infante-Green as Recommendation for New Education Commissioner
    Following the announcement that Governor Raimondo is recommending Angélica Infante-Green for Rhode Island's next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, education leaders across the country are voicing support for Angélica. National advocates, state officials in Rhode Island and New York, and former colleagues agree: Angélica is a passionate, dedicated leader who will serve Rhode Island students well. Read what they're saying below. _________________________________________________________________ "Angelica Infante-Green is a lifelong advocate for students and families in our public schools, particularly those who have been underserved. She's always been deeply connected to communities, and she'll work hard to support effective partnerships between schools and families in Rhode Island as she takes on this vital leadership role." - Dr. John B. King, Jr., President & CEO of The Education Trust and Former U.S. Secretary of Education "Governor Raimondo has made an outstanding choice with her selection of Angélica Infante-Green as our next Commissioner. Angélica will be Rhode Island's first Commissioner of color, and will make sure we are focused on raising the bar for ALL students across the state. She knows from her own story the life-changing power of a good education, and it's clear she will work tirelessly to raise expectations for every kid in Rhode Island." - Jim Vincent, President of Providence NAACP "Angélica Infante-Green is the child of two immigrant parents, and deeply understands the power of education to save lives. This work is deeply personal to her. As a mom, she will fight for all kids the way she fights ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-03-18
    4 weeks ago
  • Raimondo Announces Angélica Infante-Green as Recommendation for New Education Commissioner
    New York Deputy Commissioner Infante-Green Brings Proven Record of Instructional Leadership, and Support for English Learners and Students with Disabilities to the State; She Would be the First Latina and First Person of Color Named to the Role PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced that she will recommend leading educator, policymaker, and advocate Angélica Infante-Green as Rhode Island's next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. A first-generation American, Infante-Green has dedicated her career to expanding educational opportunity for children -- from her work with English learners and students with disabilities in the classroom, to her proven record engaging the community around equity, and her leadership on statewide policies to strengthen instruction and graduation rates. Governor Raimondo will welcome Infante-Green to Rhode Island at a press conference Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the State Room of the State House. "Rhode Island has an urgent need to improve schools and close achievement gaps for our students, and I believe that Angélica can help push our state forward," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Her passion for education and her commitment to equity as an educator, leader, Latina, and mother are unmatched, and I look forward to working with her to stay the course on a long-term, comprehensive education strategy that is focused on the needs of every student in Rhode Island." Infante-Green serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department's Office of Instructional Support P-12. She is widely viewed as a national leader on educational equity ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-03-18
    4 weeks ago
  • Governor Raimondo Extends Contract with Deloitte, Secures Millions for Rhode Island
    Agreement follows steady progress on RI Bridges PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo announced today that -- following months of negotiations -- Deloitte Consulting LLP will remain under contract with the state through June 2021 to operate and maintain the RI Bridges public-benefits computer system. As part of an agreement, Deloitte will pay Rhode Island $50 million and provide the state with additional discounted work. In total, the state will have received more than $210 million in cash and discounts from Deloitte since the system's launch in 2016 and will only pay Deloitte for future operation and maintenance costs, estimated at $30 million over the life of the contract. "The agreement we've reached with Deloitte will bring millions of dollars back to the state, provide Rhode Island with significantly discounted services, and ensure that critical benefits relied upon by our citizens are not at risk by an untimely transition to a new vendor," said Governor Raimondo. "This is truly an unprecedented settlement. We are not aware of any other agreement of this magnitude for a system that has been delivered. While we still have more work to do, we would not have reached this agreement with Deloitte if we hadn't made significant progress over the past two years." Under the agreement, which is subject to federal review, the state will waive claims against Deloitte for prior work. Deloitte will continue to focus on system stability and compliance through the end of 2019 and ensure RI Bridges is properly operated through ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-03-15
    1 month ago
  • Raimondo Proclaims March as 'STEAM Month' in Rhode Island
    PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo today issued a proclamation declaring March as 'STEAM Month' in Rhode Island. Under the Governor's leadership, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) drive Rhode Island's economy and are critical to preparing every student for jobs of tomorrow. STEAM Month highlights the work Rhode Island is currently doing to support STEAM education and economic development. Thanks to Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island has launched: • CS4RI, which made Rhode Island the first state in the nation to offer computer science in every public school; • PrepareRI, which offers advanced coursework and paid internships in STEAM fields to high school students, including the PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Program; • Middle School Career Exploration Grants, which allow middle school students to explore STEAM curriculum; • Wavemaker Fellowship, which provides loan forgiveness to recent college graduates in STEAM fields; and • P-TECH, which allows students to get hands-on job training in high-growth fields, such as STEAM, and graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's degree. This week, members of the Governor's Cabinet will embark on a series of visits that tout Rhode Island's educational programs, work-based learning opportunities, and workforce development efforts that will support STEAM's continued growth. The schedule of public events is as follows: TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Who: Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education What: Classroom discussion with Cybersecurity P-TECH students from Newport Area Career and Technical Center When: 8:30 a.m. Where: Community College of Rhode Island Newport Campus, Room 213 1 John ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-03-04
    1 month ago
  • Raimondo Inaugural Committee Makes $50,000 Donation to RI Community Food Bank
    PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that her 2019 Inaugural Committee raised a total of $50,000 to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. This donation will help provide food assistance to more than 53,000 Rhode Islanders who rely on the Food Bank each month. "No one should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table," said Governor Raimondo. "For almost forty years, the Food Bank has been a critical source of healthy food for thousands of Rhode Islanders. Food insecurity is a serious issue in our state, and one third of those served by the Food Bank are children. I'm glad to be able to support the work of this great organization in fighting for a future where no Rhode Islander goes hungry." "The Food Bank serves a critical need in our community, and I'm proud that the Inaugural Committee is able to support this vital work," said First Gentleman Andy Moffit. Addressing hunger and food insecurity has been a top priority for Governor Raimondo and First Gentleman Moffit. Last month, the Governor announced her "No Student Hungry" initiative, requiring all eligible public schools to serve free, federally-funded breakfast and lunch to all students, and to do so after the school day begins. "We're so thankful to receive this generous gift from Governor Raimondo's Inaugural Committee," said Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. "With it, we'll be able to purchase healthy, nutritious food for the many Rhode Islanders who ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-26
    2 months ago
  • Governor signs Executive Order creating statewide Government Efficiency Commission
    Commission will recommend at least $10 million in structural savings PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed Executive Order 19-04, establishing the creation of the statewide Government Efficiency Commission today. The commission, chaired by Department of Administration Director Michael DiBiase, is charged with recommending ways for ways for the State of Rhode Island to streamline its service delivery, enhance efficient operations, and deliver cost savings through programmatic and real estate rightsizing. As proposed in her budget, the commission will be responsible for finding at least $10 million in savings that will enhance the performance and service delivery of government. "The demands of citizens are changing more quickly than ever before. I'm asking my team and members of our community to take a fresh look at state government and find efficiencies in our programs and real estate portfolio that make strategic sense for the future," said Governor Raimondo. "While we continue to make critical long-term investments in the workforce, education and health care, it is our obligation to ensure government services come at the best possible value for taxpayers." The commission will consist of nine members from the public and private sector: - Michael DiBiase, Director, RI Department of Administration - Jonathan Womer, Director, RI Office of Management & Budget - Cynthia J. Butler, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, President, Butler & Associates Human Resources Consulting; RI Society of Human Resources Management (RI SHRM) - Anthony Silva, Chief of Staff, Office of Lt. Governor Dan McKee - Maureen Martin, Secretary-Treasurer, RI AFL-CIO - ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-21
    2 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo Unveils Plan to Modernize, Make Long-Term Investments in State Parks and Beaches
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today joined First Gentleman Andy Moffit, Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit, and environmental advocates at Lincoln Woods State Park to announce an initiative to preserve and invest in Rhode Island's beloved parks and beaches. "Our beaches and parks are such a special part of who we are as Rhode Islanders, and we need to preserve them for future generations," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "The study DEM commissioned recently makes clear that we're not doing enough now. It's critical that we commit to long-term investments in our parks and beaches. Let's make sure our kids have the same opportunities that we did." The study noted that Rhode Island exhibits high park use and low investment compared with the rest of the nation - ranking 1st in visits per park acre but 47th in state spending per visit. The study calls on the State to make a strategic, sustained, long-term investment to increase the self-sufficiency and economic potential of the park system, protect infrastructure, enhance programs, and bolster operations and staffing. Rhode Island's natural and public assets - including 8,200 acres of parkland, 1,000 campsites, 400 miles of hiking and biking trails, 200 fishing spots, 25 parks, management areas, and nature preserves, and eight saltwater beaches - are magnets that attract more than 9 million Rhode Islanders and tourists a year. They're also an economic engine that add an estimated $315 million to the economy annually, generating nearly $40 million in ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-18
    2 months ago
  • Raimondo Directs Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former First Lady Joyce Anne Noel
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo is directing Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Rhode Island First Lady Joyce Anne Noel. Flags will remain lowered until sunset on Monday, February 18. "Joyce Anne Noel served Rhode Island with dignity as First Lady," said Governor Raimondo. "Andy and I are keeping her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time." Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half-staff as a mark of respect. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-15
    2 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo, Attorney General Neronha Unveil Gun Safety Legislation
    PROVIDENCE, RI - On the first anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Governor Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Neronha introduced a legislative package of critical gun safety reforms that would ban assault weapons, ban high-capacity magazines and prohibit concealed-carry weapons on school grounds. The pair was joined by members of the Governor's Gun Safety Working Group, advocates, legislators, community leaders, parents and students as they announced the introduction of the legislation in the Governor's State Room on Thursday. "It is unacceptable that our children are growing up in a country where they have to worry about gun violence. This is one of the most disturbing and preventable public health crises of this generation, and we owe it to our children to take action," said Governor Raimondo. "We can't sit back and deny our children the right to safe schools and safe communities. We know that these reforms will save lives." "There is no one measure, or even set of measures, that will solve the gun violence problem facing this country," said Attorney General Neronha. "But there are some things we can do to make progress, while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The legislation introduced today is an important step forward -- a common sense approach that will make our communities safer." The legislative package introduced Thursday is the direct result of the efforts of the Governor's Gun Safety Working Group, which issued a report last year calling for ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-14
    2 months ago
  • Raimondo Selects Rose Amoros Jones to Lead Elderly Affairs
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her selection of Rose Amoros Jones as Director of the Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA), filling a vacancy created when former DEA Director Charlie Fogarty retired from state service in 2018. "Rose has been a valued member of my team since day one," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "She's led major efforts - from launching Let's Talk Mental Health to erase the stigma around mental illness and addiction to partnering with the community to improve supports for older Rhode Islanders. She's emerged as a trusted advocate for our seniors and has continued to advance sound policies that move our state forward. Rose will lead DEA with distinction and care." Jones has more than 20 years of experience in policy development and public affairs and has served in key leadership roles within the Raimondo Administration. She currently leads the Division of Policy and Public Affairs at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), where she's helped shape the Governor's agenda for older adults and Rhode Islanders with disabilities. "I'm honored Governor Raimondo has selected me to lead Elderly Affairs and advocate for older Rhode Islanders," Jones said. "Within the next decade, one in four Rhode Islanders will be 65 or older. Our elders - those who nurtured and provided for us - deserve an opportunity to age with dignity and to know their needs will be met. Under the Governor's leadership and with many partners, we continue to make important ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-13
    2 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo, Infosys Launch Providence Design and Innovation Center
    Introduce Partnership with CCRI to Increase Access to IT Education and Careers PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today joined Infosys, a leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, to launch the company's new Design and Innovation Center in Providence. The Governor and Infosys also announced a new partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) to create the Digital Economy Aspirations Lab (DEAL) to develop educational programming that helps prepare students for the growing number of jobs in the digital economy. "Infosys is a global leader in information technology, and I'm so excited that they've chosen Rhode Island as the home of their new innovation center," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "In partnership with RISD and CCRI, Infosys will be helping train today's Rhode Islanders for tomorrow's jobs. Our state has some of the top designers in the world, and it's a testament to the strength of our workforce that Infosys is looking to tap into, and further develop, our talent." "Critical thinking led by the practice of strategic design is critical to building the world-class, human-centric solutions our clients need to accelerate their digital transformations," said Salil Parekh, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys. "We are excited to inaugurate our flagship Design and Innovation Center in Providence and continue our partnership with the state of Rhode Island. The demand for talent with strategic design skills will only rise, and Infosys is training American workers in these skills, keeping them and our clients on the front lines of innovation." "Today ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-12
    2 months ago
  • Rhode Island Selected for $300,000 Fitness Equipment Gift to Improve Student Health
    National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils will select three RI schools to receive new fitness centers as part of the DON'T QUIT!® Campaign PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Chairman Jake Steinfeld today announced that Rhode Island was selected as one of four states this year to receive a $300,000 fitness equipment gift from the foundation as part of its DON'T QUIT! Campaign. The NFGFC will deliver a state-of-the-art DON'T QUIT! Fitness Center to three Rhode Island schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. "When we help children become physically active today, it pays dividends well into the future," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "This is a great program, and I'm grateful for the generous support of Jake Steinfeld and the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils to help improve the health and lives of children across our state." "Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood. I've declared war on this preventable disease and it's inspiring to see elected leaders like Governor Gina Raimondo immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into their state. Every governor we've partnered with recognizes that obesity is neither a democrat nor republican issue, it's a kids' issue and all have vowed to do everything possible to help," said Jake Steinfeld. "So far we've delivered DON'T QUIT! Fitness Centers to 28 states and Washington, DC and the response from students, teachers, and communities ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-11
    2 months ago
  • Raimondo Directs Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Congressman John Dingell Jr.
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation [r20.rs6.net], Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities be flown at half-staff in honor of former U.S. Representative John Dingell Jr., the longest-serving member of Congress. Flags will remain at half staff until sunset on February 9, 2019. "Throughout his record-breaking career in Congress, John Dingell fought to make life better for all Americans. He presided over the vote to establish Medicare, fought for the Civil Rights Act, and was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act. His legacy will inspire future leaders for generations to come. Andy and I are keeping his family, especially his wife Debbie, in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time." Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half-staff as a mark of respect. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-08
    2 months ago
  • Rhode Island Advances Offshore Wind Development
    Revolution Wind contract filed with state regulators; project will create 800+ jobs PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that a contract for the 400-megawatt (MW) Revolution Wind offshore wind farm has been filed with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC), a major step forward in her goal to increase the state's clean energy portfolio ten-fold by the end of 2020. Once constructed, the project will generate approximately one-quarter of all the electricity used by Rhode Islanders annually. "When we built the Block Island wind farm, we positioned Rhode Island as the leader in a brand-new U.S. offshore wind industry," said Governor Raimondo. "Other states watched us and followed our example. Today I'm pleased to announce that the proposed Revolution Wind offshore wind farm, more than 13 times the size of the Block Island project, offers electricity at prices far lower than we anticipated. This is a triple-win for our state because it provides affordable, clean energy for Rhode Islanders, adds jobs to our economy, and dramatically reduces carbon emissions." The contract between National Grid and offshore wind developer Ørsted US Offshore Wind will support development of a 400-megawatt offshore wind farm located in federal waters at least fifteen (15) miles from the Rhode Island shoreline. The project – originally developed by Providence-based Deepwater Wind – is expected to create more than 800 direct construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs for Rhode Islanders at every skill level. Hundreds more jobs will be supported indirectly as the region's ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-07
    2 months ago
  • Rhode Island Launches First-of-Its-Kind Statewide High School Design Challenge
    XQ+RI: Rhode Island's XQ Challenge will support innovative, community-wide efforts to make high schools more challenging, engaging, and relevant so every student succeeds PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today a first-of-its-kind partnership with XQ, the nation's leading organization dedicated to reimagining high school education so every student succeeds -- no matter their race, gender, or ZIP code. XQ+RI: Rhode Island's XQ Challenge will engage communities to create student-centered schools that help prepare all young people for the future. "Rhode Island high schools are doing some truly exciting work, with a record number of students taking advantage of advanced coursework, early college, and hands-on learning opportunities. More must be done, however, to ensure that every student accesses these opportunities and graduates prepared for college and career," said Governor Raimondo. "XQ chose to do its first-ever statewide partnership with Rhode Island because they see tremendous potential here, and with their support and experience, we will be able to scale up best practices so that we can make high school more challenging, engaging, and relevant than ever before." XQ+RI is grounded in the state's goals to create meaningful college and career pathways for all students, with a particular focus on promoting student voice while increasing rigor, relevance, and expectations. The challenge will support local community teams as they redesign school environments so when all students graduate, they are prepared and empowered to be inventors of their own learning paths, careers, and adult lives. "The industrial model of education, where we ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-07
    2 months ago
  • Raimondo Signs Executive Order, Commits to Controlling Growth of Health Care Spending in Rhode Island
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an executive order establishing an official target for health care spending growth in Rhode Island: 3.2% annual growth through 2022. This is the latest step in the Governor's ongoing efforts to control health care costs for taxpayers, businesses and patients. "We've done a lot of good, hard work related to healthcare in the last four years, but there's more to do to," said Governor Raimondo. "In order to ensure that Rhode Islanders have access to quality, affordable health care and that businesses have cost predictability, we need to control health care spending. Setting this target establishes accountability for our health care industry. I'm proud to be one of only three states doing this work, and the first in the country to set a target that's aligned with our hospitals." Under Governor Raimondo's leadership, Rhode Island has protected the Affordable Care Act and maintained one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country. Rhode Island's individual market and small business commercial insurance premiums are among the lowest in the United States. In addition, Medicaid spending per person has decreased year over year. "I am grateful to the community leaders who came together in a public process to commit their best efforts to address rising health costs," said Health Insurance Commissioner Marie Ganim. "We have consensus that RI should meet a health spending target that is consistent with spending on other goods and services. Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-06
    2 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo's Statement on Black History Month
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement in honor of Black History Month: "I'm proud to celebrate Black History Month and honor the black Rhode Islanders who have shaped our state and culture for generations. The fight for racial equality and justice is as critical as ever. Every Rhode Islander--regardless of their race, or religion, or zip code-deserves a fair shot. As we mark the start of Black History Month today, let us reflect on the progress we've made so far and recommit ourselves to the work that remains. This month-and every month-we must ensure that we are listening to and uplifting black voices. Diversity has always been our greatest strength, and it is our privilege and duty to uphold that legacy." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-02-01
    2 months ago
  • Raimondo Voices Opposition to Secretary DeVos's Proposed Changes to Title IX
    The Trump Administration's Proposed Revisions Would Create More Barriers to Reporting Sexual Violence and Supporting Victims on College Campuses PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Gina Raimondo today joined Postsecondary Education Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier in voicing opposition to the federal government's proposed revisions to regulations governing allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault on college campuses. As part of the federal process amending regulations, proposed revisions must undergo a period of public comment. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Raimondo and Dann-Messier expressed concerns that the array of proposed revisions to the federal civil rights law known as Title IX -- which protects people from discrimination based on sex -- would narrow definitions of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses, create undue barriers to overcome and criteria to meet in order to report sexual violence, and weaken a higher education institution's obligation to protect and support victims. The letter maintains that, "The state of Rhode Island is committed to fostering an environment of safety, empowerment, protection, and affirmative consent for our postsecondary students. The proposed changes to Title IX regulations [...] undermine these fundamental commitments." "Rhode Island takes protecting our students seriously. In order for our educational institutions to prepare and inspire people for successful careers and lives, we must ensure that students are safe and supported," said Governor Raimondo. "Secretary DeVos's proposed revisions to Title IX would move Rhode Island and the country in the wrong direction. So much progress has been made over the last ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-30
    3 months ago
  • Raimondo Announces Emergency Loan Fund for Impacted Aquidneck Island Businesses
    Commerce RI, Rhode Island Foundation, and BankNewport Form Partnership to Offer Bridge Loans to Affected Businesses; Information Session to be Held Tuesday NEWPORT, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo today joined Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, members of Rhode Island's philanthropic and business community and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce to announce a $1.45 million-dollar emergency loan fund for businesses directly impacted by the recent events related to the gas shut off on Aquidneck Island. The fund will offer emergency loans of up to $25,000 to eligible businesses with no payments and no interest for the first six months. Credible insurance claims and/or claims in accordance with National Grid's business reimbursement policies for affected businesses will be required as collateral for these emergency loans. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, through its Small Business Loan Fund, will commit up to $1 million in loans to the program, with another $200,000 committed by the Rhode Island Foundation and $250,000 by BankNewport. "Any small business owner knows that a few days of lost revenue can make a big difference to your bottom line," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "No one should have to worry about keeping the lights on or making payroll because of gas outages beyond their control. This fund will help provide relief for local businesses as National Grid continues working to bring back heat as quickly as possible." "This has been a tough week for the small businesses of Newport and Middletown," said Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. "Many businesses have ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-28
    3 months ago
  • Raimondo Provides Update on Newport County Relief Efforts, Takes Action to Support Rhode Islanders Unable to Work Due to Gas Outage
    NEWPORT, RI - In a press conference this afternoon at the Newport Marriott, Governor Raimondo provided an update on National Grid's response to the gas outages in Newport Country. The Governor also shared several new developments regarding relief efforts for those impacted by the outages: - Governor Raimondo directed DLT Director Scott Jensen to take action to allow Rhode Islanders who have missed work due to the outage to apply for unemployment insurance immediately. DLT has also waived the penalty to employers to ensure that no local employer impacted by the outage sees their unemployment insurance costs increase. - Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have arrived in the Emergency Operations Center in Cranston. Additionally, personnel from Massachusetts EMA (MEMA) arrived in Newport this morning. Both FEMA and MEMA are supporting Rhode Island's relief efforts and bringing in additional resources as necessary. Earlier today, Governor Raimondo announced that RIPTA is now providing free service on Aquidneck Island. National Grid will reimburse RIPTA for these rides. All the services being offered to impacted residents, including meals at the Florence Gray Community Center and service centers at Gurney's and Gaudet Middle School, are accessible on RIPTA. The Governor and her team will continue to monitor National's Grid's response efforts and provide regular updates to the public. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-23
    3 months ago
  • Raimondo Announces that RIPTA will Waive Fares for Residents on Aquidneck Island
    Nearly 7,000 Residents Affected by Gas Outage PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is waiving fares for passengers traveling on Aquidneck Island in order to help people get to warming shelters and other essential services during a gas shutdown affecting about 7,000 National Grid customers. "My number one priority continues to be public safety, and waiving RIPTA fares will help residents safely access critical services during this outage," said Governor Raimondo. "We have set up meal locations in Newport and National Grid continues to provide vouchers for hotels. Even with the slightly higher temperatures today, homes that have been without heat since Monday are too cold to be safe. Residents should seek alternate shelter if they haven't already. " Governor Raimondo has been working with RIPTA, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the City of Newport to determine how to assist area residents. On Monday, National Grid announced that it needed to turn off gas to approximately 7,000 customers as it worked to stabilize the main gas line that services the area. Since then, state and local officials have worked to set up warming shelters and other services for residents without heat. "During this time, we don't want transportation to be a barrier for Aquidneck Island residents as they try to get to warming shelters, meal sites, medical appointments and more," said RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian. "RIPTA can provide them with a warm, safe ride to where they ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-23
    3 months ago
  • Raimondo Discusses Relief Efforts for Newport County Gas Customers
    CRANSTON, RI - In a press conference this evening at the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, Governor Raimondo provided an update on National Grid's response to the gas outage in Newport Country. The Governor also discussed several steps that have been taken to help provide food for all those impacted by the outage: • For the rest of the week, free breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Florence Gray Community Center on York Street. Breakfast is available from 7:30am to 9am, and lunch is available from 11:30am to 1pm. • For families who participate in Newport's Food Backpack program, backpacks will be available from 1pm to 2pm at Pell Elementary on Dexter Street. For families who are not enrolled in the program, food backpacks will be available from 2:30 to 3:30pm. • Senior meal sites at Edward King House and Middletown Senior Center remain open and Meals on Wheels deliveries will continue through the week. Governor Raimondo also reiterated today that all those impacted by the outage who don't have heat should find another place to stay until heat is restored. National Grid will reimburse the costs of a hotel and is also providing vouchers for pre-booked rooms. Vouchers are available at Gurney's on Goat Island or at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown. The Governor and her team will remain in close contact with National Grid until this situation is resolved and will continue to provide regular updates to the public. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-23
    3 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo made the following statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Today we celebrate the legacy of one of our nation's heroes--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we reflect on his teachings, let us recommit ourselves to the cause of equality. We must work towards progress together by speaking out against injustice and bigotry whenever we see it. It is on all of us to ensure that every child--regardless of race, religion or zip code--has a fair shot at the American Dream." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-21
    3 months ago
  • Raimondo Celebrates Dr. King's Legacy, Announces 'No Student Hungry' Initiative
    PROVIDENCE, RI - In her annual address at the Minister's Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today the 'No Student Hungry' initiative. Her proposal will ensure that no student in Rhode Island, from Pre-K through college, goes hungry. "Every Rhode Islander-regardless of their race, or religion, or zip code-deserves a fair shot," said Governor Raimondo. "Right now, only about half of students eligible for free or reduced breakfast actually eat breakfast at school. And as many as half of all college students say they're going to bed hungry. So, we're going commit to ensure that no student in Rhode Island goes hungry." More than one in five Rhode Island kids face hunger issues, living in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Governor Raimondo included nearly $300,000 in her FY20 budget proposal to support the 'No Student Hungry' initiative ensuring that no student from Kindergarten to College goes hungry at school. The Governor's proposal requires eligible public schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students; requires public schools to serve breakfast after the school day starts so more students participate; makes it easier for low-income college students to qualify for SNAP; and matches federal funds so that SNAP recipients enrolled at CCRI can get financial support for things like transportation, books and child care. The Governor's FY20 budget proposal offers a long-term vision for Rhode Island. It includes a record investment in K-12 education, expands ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-21
    3 months ago
  • Rhode Island Jobs Hit New All-Time High, Unemployment Rate Level with National Average
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island ended 2018 at an all-time high with 505,000 jobs in the state, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. There have been over a half-million jobs in Rhode Island for seven consecutive months. At 3.9%, Rhode Island's unemployment rate is now level with the national average. Governor Gina Raimondo released the following statement on the December jobs report: "In the last four years, we've changed the way we do economic development, invested in education and job training, and are finally fixing our roads and bridges. With more Rhode Island jobs than ever before, it's clear our approach is working. Now more than ever, we need to protect our progress and continue moving forward until our comeback reaches every Rhode Islander." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-17
    3 months ago
  • Raimondo Announces Details of Universal Pre-K Proposal
    PAWTUCKET, RI - At Nathanael Greene Elementary today, Governor Raimondo announced details of her plan for universal Pre-K in Rhode Island. She was joined by Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network, as well as local leaders and educators. "Universal Pre-K is one of the best investments we can make," said Governor Raimondo. "We know that Pre-K education is critical for a child's development, yet too many families lack access to a high-quality program. By expanding Pre-K, we'll ensure that every Rhode Island child has a strong foundation to get them on the right path." During her State of the State address, Governor Raimondo committed to bringing universal Pre-K to Rhode Island. Today, she announced that her FY 2020 budget will include $10 million to increase the number of public Pre-K seats by fall 2019 while maintaining the highest level of quality. During her first term, Governor Raimondo tripled the number of state Pre-K seats to 1080. Through a mixed-delivery system, the Governor's proposal would add an additional 540 seats in the next year -- a 50% increase. By the end of her second term, there will be 7,000 public Pre-K seats in Rhode Island. "By age 5, a child's brain is almost fully developed, yet too many 4-year-olds across Rhode Island lack access to quality pre-K education. With her plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds in Rhode Island, Governor Raimondo is building a strong foundation so that all kids can have a strong start in ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-16
    3 months ago
  • Governor Gina M. Raimondo State of the State Speech Excerpts
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo will deliver her annual State of the State address tonight at 7:00 p.m. The primary focus of her speech will be on Rhode Island's future, and she will present a long-term view for our schools and our economy. In advance of the speech, the Governor Communications Office is releasing these excerpts from the prepared text. The complete text of the Governor's speech -- as prepared for delivery -- will be released at 7:01pm this evening. --- "When we began our work together four years ago, Rhode Island was stuck -- and everybody knew it. Our unemployment rate was among the nation's highest, schools were crumbling, and our roads were ranked the worst in the country. Rhode Island is a small and connected state so we all knew someone who was out of work. The struggle was everywhere you looked. "After spending so much time talking with so many people who had been out of work, some for over a year, I vowed to be the Governor who would get Rhode Island back to work. Rhode Island is a place where people have always taken pride in our work and we're proud to call Rhode Island home. So together, we shook up the old ways of doing things, and brought the change needed to get back on our feet again -- and to create jobs and build a bright future for our children." --- "Cynicism has long been one of our worst enemies, and ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-15
    3 months ago
  • Governor Gina M. Raimondo Second Inaugural Address
    As Prepared for Delivery Rhode Island State House Tuesday, January 1, 2019 My fellow Rhode Islanders, Speaker Mattiello, President Ruggerio, elected leaders, distinguished guests, my supportive and loving family: I am humbled that you've again placed your trust in me. Together we'll continue bringing the change that will set us on a path for enduring success. Four years ago, I stood here before you and we faced a very different Rhode Island than we do today. The foundation of our economy had eroded. Our unemployment rate was among the highest in the nation. Our roads, bridges and schools were crumbling, and we didn't even have a plan to fix them. We felt vulnerable as we saw the people we love lose their jobs and homes and struggle to make ends meet. It was like my dad always used to say, our leaders didn't act and Rhode Islanders got left behind. In my first few months as Governor, I can't tell you how many times somebody asked me: "Do you really think we can turn this economy around?" I asked all of you then to join me in committing yourselves to Rhode Island, and to think about what you could do to support our state's comeback. And so, today, I begin with a thank you. Thanks to so many of you-from every corner of our state. We rolled up our sleeves and faced our challenges. Together, we believed that we could ignite an economic comeback. Together, we believed it was possible ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2019-01-01
    4 months ago
  • Raimondo Statement on the Death of Former Providence Bishop Robert Mulvee
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Raimondo issued the following statement on the death of former Providence Bishop Robert Mulvee: "Bishop Mulvee was an integral member of Rhode Island's faith community and a faithful leader of our local Catholic community. His loss will be felt by many. Andy and I are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers." ## ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-28
    4 months ago
  • Raimondo Signs Executive Order Establishing Rhode Island Complete Count Committee for Upcoming 2020 Census
    PROVIDENCE, RI - In an effort to ensure that the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census does not undercount segments of the Rhode Island population, Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an executive order establishing the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee. "We only get one shot at this, and it's absolutely critical that we get it right," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "The results of this Census will have serious implications for our state for the next decade, which is why it's so important that every single Rhode Islander is counted. This Committee will help us do just that." The U.S. Census Bureau identifies certain groups of residents as "hard-to-count" populations. These groups have traditionally been undercounted in previous census processes. They include, but are not limited to: racial and ethnic minorities, non-fluent English speakers, lower-income persons, homeless individuals, undocumented immigrants, young adults, children and members of the LGBTQ community. "A lot is at stake in the upcoming Census and Rhode Island needs to prepare to count everyone," said John Marion, Executive Director at Common Cause Rhode Island. "A successful Census is critical to making sure our state has full and fair political representation and that tax dollars sent to Washington return Rhode Island to provide crucial services. Establishing a statewide Complete Count Committee is an important first step to making sure we count all Rhode Islanders in 2020." An accurate Census count is needed for communities to receive appropriate federal funding and adequate representation in Congress. A Complete Count Committee, which ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-28
    4 months ago
  • Raimondo Announces Public Safety Leadership Team
    Governor will Appoint Manni as Superintendent of State Police, Nominate Coyne-Fague as Director of Corrections when Legislature Returns Next Week Pappas Named Director of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her leadership selections across multiple public safety agencies. She will appoint James Manni as superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police following Colonel Ann Assumpico's decision to retire next month after 42 years in law enforcement, and submit Manni's name as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety to the Rhode Island Senate. The Governor will nominate Patricia Coyne-Fague as director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Raimondo also appointed Marc Pappas director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. "Public safety is one of the most important roles of government. I am pleased to announce our public safety leadership team, and particularly pleased that James Manni will be returning to the Rhode Island State Police. Major Manni has had a long and respected career serving the state in law enforcement and local public service. He will undoubtedly continue the rich tradition of service at the Rhode Island State Police," said Raimondo. "Colonel Ann Assumpico led the State Police with distinction and honor. I am grateful for her four decades of trailblazing service at nearly every level of law enforcement and public safety. She is handing her successor the most diverse and representative State Police we have ever had." James Manni has a quarter century of experience with the ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-27
    4 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo's Statement on Colonel Assumpico's Retirement
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement on Rhode Island State Police Colonel Assumpico's retirement: "Colonel Assumpico has led the State Police with honor and integrity. She has shown a consistent focus on increasing opportunities for women and people of color in law enforcement, and because of her hard work, next month's Training Academy will be the most diverse in state history. Rhode Island is a safer place thanks to her service." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-24
    4 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo Wishes Rhode Islanders a Merry Christmas
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement today wishing Rhode Islanders a merry Christmas: "Merry Christmas Eve! No matter how you celebrate Christmas, I hope you're able to spend the day surrounded by loved ones. Christmas is an especially important holiday in my family. Every year, my mom invites the whole family over to her house to celebrate the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. After, we go to Christmas Eve Mass and reflect on the joy that Christ's birth brings to Christians across the world. Every Christmas, I'm grateful for the men and women who wear our nation's uniform with honor, especially those who sacrifice being with their loved ones during the holidays in order to keep us safe. On behalf of all Rhode Islanders, we thank them for their service. From our family to yours, have a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-24
    4 months ago
  • Rhode Island Unemployment Remains at 29-Year Low
    PROVIDENCE, RI - For the third consecutive month, Rhode Island's unemployment rate has remained under 4 percent. Rhode Island's unemployment rate currently stands at 3.8 percent -- its lowest since May 1989 -- according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data also shows that Rhode Island had 502,700 jobs in November, the sixth consecutive month with over half a million jobs across the state. Governor Gina Raimondo released the following statement on the November jobs report: "Over the past four years, we've strengthened the foundations of our economy - training more workers, supporting small businesses, bringing in new companies, and fixing our aging infrastructure. This new approach has led to record job creation and the highest number of working Rhode Islanders in a decade. Now, our focus is on sustaining that progress. Our strategy is working, and I'm committed to expanding our education and job training initiatives to ensure that every Rhode Islander feels included in our economic recovery." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-20
    4 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo's Statement on Today's Announcement Regarding Transportation Climate Initiative
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement on today's announcement regarding the Transportation Climate Initiative: "Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges we face. Despite inaction at the federal level, Rhode Island is moving forward to protect our natural resources, particularly our 400 miles of coastline. We know that cars, trucks and SUVs are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and we are committed to making our transportation system cleaner. This year, we started the process of removing aging diesel buses from our roadways and replacing them with electric vehicles. We're proud to be a member of the Transportation Climate Initiative, and I applaud this critical next step toward a greener future." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo, President Dooley Announce First Round of Innovation Campus Projects
    KINGSTON, RI -- Governor Gina Raimondo today joined with University of Rhode Island President David Dooley to announce the first round of RI Innovation Campus projects which will catalyze academic research into new commercial products and businesses. The three campuses are expected to create hundreds of jobs in rapidly-growing advanced industries including cybersecurity, data analytics and agricultural technology in Rhode Island. The three transformative Innovation Campuses, expected to be located in Kingston and Providence, will be supported by a bond approved by voters in November 2016. Private investment in the three projects is expected to be more than 122 million, which is 10 times the state's investment." Today's announcement allocates $12 million of the $20 million bond approved by Rhode Island voters to create Innovation Campuses affiliated with URI that will work to bridge the gap between world-class research at Rhode Island's universities and high-tech jobs in advanced industries. A second round of funding from the bond is expected to be awarded in 2019. "These three innovation campuses will strengthen our economy and position Rhode Island to lead a new industrial revolution in advanced industries," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "Not only will these projects result in hundreds of good-paying high-tech jobs, thanks to our partnership with URI it will also ensure that Rhode Islanders are set up to compete for those jobs." "The university's research capacity, intellectual talent, and business engagement are critical to the economic growth of the state," stated David M. Dooley, president of the University of Rhode ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-18
    4 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo Wishes Rhode Islanders a Happy Hanukkah
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement today wishing Rhode Islanders a happy Hanukkah: "This evening, Jews across Rhode Island and around the world will gather together to light the first candle and commemorate the miracle of Hanukkah. The Hanukkah tradition celebrates the strength of the human spirit - assuring us that, in the darkest of times, we have the power to spread the light. It's a story of struggle and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. And it's a reminder that hatred will always lose out to hope. "In Rhode Island, our diversity is our strength. In his letter to the Jewish community of Newport, President George Washington wrote that the United States 'gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.' This is Rhode Island's legacy, and it is a tradition we have kept alive and celebrated for centuries. "From my family to yours, I wish everyone celebrating a very happy Hanukkah." ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-12-02
    5 months ago
  • Governor Invites Rhode Islanders to Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at State House
    PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo is inviting all Rhode Islanders to attend this year's Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at the State House. The festivities will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 5:00 p.m. Governor Raimondo, First Gentleman Andy Moffit and their kids will light the Christmas Tree at 6:15 p.m. After the tree is lit, the Governor and First Gentleman will read The Night Before Christmas. This year's celebration will feature performances from "The Governor's Own" 88th Army Band, the Mixed Magic Theater Exult Choir, the Ponaganset High School Chamber Chorus, and Wheeler Middle School Chorus. There also will be crafts for the kids and a free raffle. As always, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the State House from the North Pole. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to "Fill a Cruiser" with the Rhode Island State Police. Toys will be donated to a variety of local charities for distribution to local kids in need. This year's Christmas Tree arrived at the State House today. Donated from Bedrock Tree Farm in South Kingstown, the tree is an 18-foot Douglas Fir. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-11-21
    5 months ago
  • Raimondo Directs Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former First Lady Sue Carcieri
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo is directing Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Rhode Island First Lady Sue Carcieri. Flags will remain lowered until sunset on the day of interment. "Sue Carcieri was a smart, passionate and caring First Lady who served Rhode Island with grace and dignity," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "She was deeply dedicated to causes that moved her, fighting for breast cancer awareness and heating assistance for Rhode Islanders in need. Andy and I are keeping her loved ones, particularly Governor Carcieri and their children, in our prayers during this difficult time." Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half-staff as a mark of respect. ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-11-15
    5 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo Statement on Veterans Day
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Raimondo issued the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day: "On Veterans Day, we take time to thank the women and men who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom. We honor the countless personal sacrifices made in service to our great nation. The liberties we hold dear endure because of their commitment, and for that, we owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid." ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-11-12
    5 months ago
  • Raimondo Directs Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Thousand Oaks Shooting
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In accordance with a presidential proclamation [r20.rs6.net], Governor Gina M. Raimondo is directing U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset on November 10, 2018 in honor of the victims of last night's shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. "Once again, millions of Americans woke up this morning to news of another horrific mass shooting," said Governor Raimondo. "My heart breaks for the victims and their families--their grief is unimaginable. Andy and I are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. But thoughts and prayers aren't enough. Like many Americans today, I'm angry. I'm angry that our leaders in Washington have repeatedly failed to take action on gun safety. I'm angry that innocent lives were lost. There can be no more waiting. The time for change is now." Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half-staff as a mark of respect. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-11-08
    5 months ago
  • Raimondo Directs Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In accordance with a presidential proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo is directing U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset on October 31, 2018 in honor of the victims of yesterday's shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "No one should have to fear violence at their place of worship," said Raimondo. "Yesterday, eleven innocent lives were lost in a hateful, horrific attack on a synagogue. Andy and I are praying for the victims, their families, and the entire Tree of Life Synagogue community. I'm also praying that our leaders in Washington finally take action and do something about gun violence." Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half-staff as a mark of respect. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-10-28
    6 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo Announces New Round of Main Street Improvement Fund Grants
    NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. - At North Providence Town Hall this morning, Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation announced that nine cities and towns throughout the state have been awarded Main Street RI Streetscape Improvement Fund grants. "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they often find their home in Main Streets across Rhode Island," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "By investing in our Main Streets and making them more attractive places to spend time and money, we're supporting our local economies. We've seen great success in cities and towns that have received previous rounds of funding through this program, and I can't wait to see the improvements from these new projects." The towns receiving funding are as follows: Barrington, East Providence, New Shoreham, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warren, Westerly, and Woonsocket. The Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape Improvement Fund awards grants or loans on a competitive basis for improvements to the state's commercial districts, and projects can receive up to $300,000 in funding. Applicants must have matching funds of at least 30% of the total project cost. "The Commerce Corporation's Streetscape Improvement Fund breathes new vitality into main streets across our state," said President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio. "The beautification efforts are good for local businesses and the pedestrians who use the area, and they may help as a catalyst to additional development. I am grateful to Jesse Saglio and the other Commerce officials who joined us to review the needs of ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-10-26
    6 months ago
  • Raimondo, Congressional Delegation Unveil RIPTA's First Electric Buses
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina Raimondo was joined by federal and state officials today as she got a first-hand look at the state's first zero-emission electric buses. The three buses, which are being leased by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), mark the beginning steps of an air quality improvement plan for Rhode Island that the Governor, RIPTA, the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and other partner state agencies have committed to by funding the initiative with approximately $14.4 million in Volkswagen settlement funds. First announced by Raimondo in May, the plan includes the leasing and purchase of electric buses and the installation of a charging infrastructure in the state for private electric vehicles. "This marks a major step toward a cleaner and greener future for Rhode Island," said Governor Raimondo. "We're removing aging diesel buses from our roadways and replacing them with clean, green buses to reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change and smog. These buses are part of our overall strategy to make smart investments in cutting-edge technology that drive economic growth while reducing our carbon footprint." A 10-year plan to use the Volkswagen settlement funds is outlined in the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) which seeks to substantially reduce tailpipe emissions in the state with a focus on areas identified as poor air quality areas where there is a higher threat to public health due to pollutants. DEM drafted the plan working with the Governor's Office, RIPTA, the Office of Energy Resources, and ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-10-22
    6 months ago
  • Governor Raimondo Announces Largest Successful Regulatory Reform Effort in State History
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Raimondo today joined small business leaders to discuss how Rhode Island's new regulatory system--which won an Innovation Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State--is helping businesses succeed in Rhode Island. Led by the Office of Regulatory Reform, Rhode Island's executive branch agencies have undertaken the single largest effort to cut regulatory red tape in the state's history. "I'm excited to announce that we have eliminated over 8,000 pages of regulations--over 30 percent of all regulations on the books," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Finally we have a regulatory code that saves businesses time and money and eliminates unnecessary red tape." This initiative required agencies to review and reformat every regulation, improve their requirements, and remove unnecessary regulations. The result is a 31% reduction in the statewide volume of regulation, removing over 8,000 of the 25,842 pages of regulations that were on the books as of July 2016. Agencies repealed 159 regulations, and streamlined or amended over 900 more, to ease regulatory burdens on Rhode Island businesses and residents. "We have worked hand-in-hand with businesses and municipalities on ways in which we could eliminate barriers to success, and we have accomplished several of our goals," said DBR Director Liz Tanner. "Our work is not complete and we will always be looking for ways to improve our state's business climate, but we are moving in the right direction." "For too long, Rhode Island businesses have been burdened by complex and outdated regulations. Not anymore," said Laurie ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-10-15
    6 months ago
  • Rhode Island Unemployment Rate Decreases for Fourth Consecutive Month
    PROVIDENCE, RI - According to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked down for a fourth consecutive month in August. Now at 4 percent, the unemployment rate is the lowest the state has seen since April 2000. The number of employed Rhode Islanders has increased by 1,000 since July and by 8,900 over the last 12 months. In that same time period the state added 6,400 new jobs. Meanwhile the labor force has grown by 6,900 in the past year and is now at its highest level since 2011. "When I took office the state's unemployment rate was one of the worst in the nation at well over 6 percent. People were struggling. The consistent improvement we've seen is proof that our approach is working, and we need to keep going," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "It's more important than ever that we protect our investments in job training and our innovative economic development programs to ensure we don't lose any of the traction we've gained." ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-09-20
    7 months ago
  • Raimondo, State Officials Break Ground on New Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility
    Rubius Theraputics to Invest $155 Million and Create 160 New Jobs in Smithfield SMITHFIELD, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo today joined Rubius Therapeutics CEO Pablo J. Cagnoni, M.D., and state and local officials to break ground on a new pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Smithfield. Once completed, the 135,000-square-foot facility will support 160 new, high-skilled jobs in manufacturing, biotech operations and other support functions. Rubius plans to invest up to $155 million over about five years to renovate an existing building in Smithfield. The project is supported by incentives from Rhode Island's innovative toolkit of economic development programs. "Thanks to our investments in economic development and skills training, Rhode Island's biotechnology industry is on the rise," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Rubius is a leader in their field, and I'm thrilled that they're investing in our state and creating 160 good-paying jobs here in Smithfield." Rubius Therapeutics is a cutting-edge biotech company that focuses on the development of lab-created red blood cells. Rubius genetically engineers cells to fight a wide range of diseases, including cancer and autoimmune diseases. "Critical to Rubius Therapeutics' success in bringing our Red Cell TherapeuticsÔ to patients is the ability to manufacture large quantities of our treatments and to ensure these medicines are ready as soon as patients may need them," said Dr. Cagnoni. "The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and Governor Raimondo have an impressive and growing track record of attracting top biotechnology companies and creating high paying jobs. I am happy to be able to say ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-09-19
    7 months ago
  • Raimondo Directs U.S. and Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Recognition of the Anniversary of September 11th
    PROVIDENCE, RI - In accordance with a Presidential Directive, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 11 in honor of the lives lost as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. "Today we remember the innocent Americans who were killed on September 11 and the brave first responders who put their own lives on the line to save others," said Raimondo. "In the face of horrific tragedy, our nation came together and proved that power of our spirit." Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags as a mark of respect. ### ... read more
    Source: Rhode Island GovernorPublished on 2018-09-11
    7 months ago