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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Providence Redevelopment Agency Seeks Bids to Restore Vacant and Abandoned Properties

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA) Executive Director Bonnie Nickerson announced last Friday that the Agency will be accepting proposals for qualified individuals and entities to redevelop 17 properties that have been acquired through the Special Redevelopment Plan for Vacant Houses. "This initiative will help us fix abandoned properties that have been a blight in our community for up to ten years," said Mayor Elorza. "We're bringing hundreds of vacant properties back to life and making our neighborhoods stronger and more vibrant." Proposals must be developed in accordance with the PRA's Special Redevelopment Plan…
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Treasurer Magaziner Responds to Navient: Student Loan Debt Crisis is not “Ordinary Business”

Providence, RI - Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner yesterday sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in response to Navient Corporation's (NASDAQ: NAVI) attempt to deny shareholders the chance to vote on his proposal requesting that the company provide investors with information on the measures it is taking related to risks associated with the student loan debt crisis. "Shareholders have good reason to be concerned about risks associated with the student loan industry," said Treasurer Magaziner. "Nationally, there are more than 44 million borrowers with an estimated $ trillion in student loan debt, an amount second only to…
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Clean Water Action endorses Sandra Cano in State Senate district 8 special election

PROVIDENCE - Clean Water Action is pleased to announce their endorsement of Sandra Cano’s candidacy in the special election for the District 8 state senate seat. “In her time in public service, Sandra has worked tirelessly to make Pawtucket a safe, healthy, and vibrant community,” said Johnathan Berard, Rhode Island state director. “We look forward to supporting her continuation of this work as a member of the Rhode Island Senate.” Sandra has long supported efforts to expand the community garden network in Pawtucket and increase access to public transit. She has also played a significant role in efforts to enact…
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Raimondo Expands Efforts to Support New Parents in Recovery and Infants Born with Opioid Dependence

Rhode Island selected by National Governor's Association as a 'learning lab' state to prevent neonatal withdrawal PROVIDENCE, RI - Following the release earlier last week of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing a 61 percent decrease in post-incarceration overdose deaths, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new effort to improve and expand support for new parents in recovery and infants born with opioid dependence. The National Governors Association selected Rhode Island as one of five 'learning lab' states to help develop a strategic action plan to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), also known…
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Councilwoman Ryan Introduces Ordinance to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Bags

PROVIDENCE - City Council Majority Whip Jo-Ann Ryan, (Ward 5) introduced an ordinance that calls for a reduction of single-use plastic bags and encourages the use of reusable checkout bags at retail establishments throughout the City. This ordinance addresses significant environmental and economic concerns facing the City and is modeled after those successfully passed in other municipalities and is most similar to the one recently passed in Boston. Ryan, the lead sponsor of the ordinance said, "The production, use, and disposal of single-use plastic bags have significant adverse impacts on the environment and are a serious economic burden to the…
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Reed Statement on Senate Vote Against Bipartisan Solutions to Save Dreamers

WASHINGTON – Today, after the Senate rejected President Trump’s proposal to radically slash legal immigration by a vote of 39 to 60 and failed to advance two bipartisan immigration proposals that would provide a pathway to citizenship for young “Dreamers” protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: “Last September, President Trump created an economic, humanitarian, and political crisis by rescinding DACA without proposing a serious solution for the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who now face deportation. In the following months, my Democratic colleagues, and some Republicans, have offered compromise after…
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LEGISLATION TO EXPOSE RAIMONDO’S SECRET DEAL

Providence, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo’s campaign and her subordinate, Patrick Ward’s Providence Democratic City Committee, entered into a secret fundraising agreement. Kevin Olasanoye, the executive director of the Democratic Party, believed that this agreement would lead to Raimondo’s donors giving $10,000 contributions to the Providence Democratic City Committee for “party building” and in exchange, the Providence Democratic City Committee would “then presumably give Raimondo some undisclosed degree of control over who was hired and how money was spent” (Providence Journal, February 12, 2018). Representative Mike Chippendale commented: “Rhode Island campaign finance law does not directly address fundraising agreements like…
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Langevin Opposes Bill to Fundamentally Undermine the Americans with Disabilities Act

WASINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus and the first quadriplegic elected to Congress, voted today against 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, a bill that undermines the civil rights of Americans with disabilities by creating significant hurdles for victims of discrimination to seek justice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 620 passed the House by a vote of 225 to 192: “I am gravely disappointed that the House acted today not to advance civil rights, but to take them away,” said Congressman Langevin. “For the past 27 years, the ADA has significantly…
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