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Treasurer Magaziner: Rhode Islanders are ready to Fix Our School Now

PROVIDENCE, -- Rhode Island General Treasurer said the following in response to a poll, conducted by the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University, which showed super-majority support for the $250 million statewide school repair bond proposed this year: "Rhode Islanders are clearly ready to make a once-in-a-generation investment in repairing our schools and building modern facilities that can equip students with the skills and experience to succeed," said Treasurer Magaziner. "The longer we wait the more expensive and difficult it will be to overcome this challenge. It's time to fix our schools now." Treasurer Magaziner, who oversees all…
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Raimondo Signs Rhode Island Red Flag Executive Order to Prevent Gun Violence, Save Lives

WARWICK, RI - Less than two weeks after a tragic mass shooting in Florida that killed 17 students and teachers, Governor Gina M. Raimondo became the first governor in America to take executive action to establish a statewide 'red flag' policy to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a danger to themselves and others. Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico, local police chiefs, members of the General Assembly, community leaders, parents and students joined Governor Raimondo as she signed the Rhode Island Red Flag Executive Order at Warwick City Hall. "The heartbreaking shooting in…
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Reed, Bipartisan Senators Team Up in Support of U.S.-Canada-Mexico United Bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and bring more international tourism to Rhode Island and New England, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) has teamed up with Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and 41 of their Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to President Trump expressing support for United 2026 - a bid by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. "We believe this effort presents an exceptional opportunity to showcase our nations' shared passion for soccer and its positive impact in local…
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Governor Raimondo to Sign Executive Order Establishing Red Flag Policy

Raimondo says that legislation is needed, in addition to the executive order, to keep protections in place permanently. PROVIDENCE, RI– Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement applauding the General Assembly for introducing red flag legislation to prevent gun violence and gun suicides: “The tragedy in Parkland has renewed the urgency once again for states to take action to prevent gun violence. Today, I will sign an Executive Order establishing a statewide red flag policy that will take effect immediately, but we still need to pass legislation so these protections are in place permanently. I applaud the legislature for…
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Reed Opposes Trump’s Call to Arm Teachers

WASHINGTON, DC – After President Trump reiterated his proposal to arm 20 percent of public school teachers and educators, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement: “We ask a lot of our teachers and they have a tough enough job as it is. Flooding schools with deadly weapons will only make that job tougher. Instead of arming teachers, President Trump should stand up to the NRA and work with Congress to prevent school shootings in the first place. We can do that with commonsense measures like strengthening background checks and reinstating the assault weapons ban. And we should…
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Whitehouse, Langevin Vow to Defend Medicare, Medicaid from Radical Trump Cuts

Hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders rely on federal programs for health care Providence, RI – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin met with more than two dozen seniors at the DaVinci Center in Providence today where they called on Congress to defend Medicare and Medicaid from the drastic budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump earlier this month. “We will do everything in our power to protect Medicaid and Medicare, which are the bedrock of America’s middle class,” said Whitehouse. “Every Rhode Islander deserves to know these important programs will be there to allow them to retire with…
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Raimondo Statement on Red Flag Legislation

PROVIDENCE, RI-- Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement today applauding the General Assembly for introducing red flag legislation to prevent gun violence and gun suicides: "The tragedy in Parkland has renewed the urgency once again for states to take action to prevent gun violence. On Monday, I will sign an Executive Order establishing a statewide red flag policy that will take effect immediately, but we still need to pass legislation so these protections are in place permanently. I applaud the legislature for introducing strong red flag legislation. I urge the General Assembly to take swift action to pass…
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Providence Police continue efforts targeting illegal vehicles being operated on city streets

Providence, RI: On Wednesday, February 21st Officers Joseph Nezier, Brendan McKenna, Albert Deschamps and Jose Deschamps were assigned to the traffic enforcement detail monitoring recreational vehicles. At approximately 1740 hours, Officers Albert and Jose Deschamps observed approximately 10-15 recreational vehicles driving erratically on Manton Avenue. Police observed the vehicles as they turned onto Amherst Street without utilizing turn signals and continue operating at a high rate of speed and in an unpredictable manner, driving on and off sidewalks and causing other vehicles on the roadway to stop abruptly. The vehicles proceeded to drive to Atwells Avenue in a reckless manner,…
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Lt. Governor McKee, Alzheimer’s Association Secure $30K to Update State Plan on Alzheimer’s

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor McKee today announced $30,000 in grants secured by his office and the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to update the state’s five-year plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative. The State Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will continue to address the growing Alzheimer's crisis. It creates the infrastructure and accountability necessary to build dementia-capable programs and services for the growing number of Rhode Islanders with the disease. The Plan explores the current impact…
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Raimondo unveils plan to increase number of Rhode Islanders with higher education

In the coming years, 70% of jobs in Rhode Island will require education beyond high school. PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Raimondo today released a roadmap for to achieving the ambitious goal she set to have 70% postsecondary attainment in Rhode Island by the year 2025. Together with Chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education Bill Foulkes, Postsecondary Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier, Scott Jenkins of the Lumina Foundation, and students from Rhode Island's three public institutions of higher education, the Governor laid out why getting to 70% is critical to the state's economy and to Rhode Islanders' quality of life. "We have…
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