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Raimondo Meets with Mayors, Municipal Officials to Discuss Budget Impasse

PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina M. Raimondo convened a working meeting today in the State Room with mayors and officials from Rhode Island's cities and towns to discuss the impact of the nearly month-long legislative budget impasse on local communities. In June, the House and Senate both passed nearly identical budget bills, but have yet to reconcile their versions. Because of that, the state has not yet enacted a budget for FY18 and the state is currently operating according to the FY17 enacted budget. Mayors and town officials from 25 cities and towns attended the meeting. "In January, I introduced a…
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Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announces new scholarship recipients, having awarded more than $2.5 million to date

MIAMI, FL (July 25, 2017) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today its annual list of scholarship recipients – talented musicians from around the world who will use these awards to overcome financial hurdles and achieve their dreams. To date, more than 100 scholarships totaling a remarkable $ million has been gifted by the Foundation, which continues to support Latin music in many ways, including by recognizing individuals who are looking to start or continue their music education. With today’s announcement, the Foundation has set new annual records in 2017, presenting $870,000 in scholarships to 44 recipients. This includes…
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Homeland Security Advisory Board’s Inaugural Meeting Delves into Future of Homeland, Cybersecurity in RI

PROVIDENCE - Tying into a prominent theme of the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting, the Rhode Island Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Board (HSAB) held its first meeting last Wednesday to discuss the future of the state's homeland and cybersecurity initiatives. "I participated in many discussions on cybersecurity and resiliency with my colleagues across the nation last week, and one thing is clear: Rhode Island is moving in the right direction on helping to protect our citizens and infrastructure from the complex threats that exist today," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. Established by Governor Raimondo's Executive Order 17-05, the HSAB…
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Latino Policy Institute at RWU names new director

BRISTOL, , July 20, 2017 ­­– The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University on Thursday announced that Gabriela Domenzain will become LPI’s new director on Aug. 15. Domenzain brings to the job a broad range of experience in policy, politics and the press, plus a wealth of knowledge about issues involving Latinos and immigration. In 2015 and 2016, she worked as deputy campaign manager for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign, serving as his chief spokesperson on immigration policy and Latino issues. She was a principal in The Raben Group, the nation’s largest majority-minority progressive consulting firm, based…
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Raimondo Signs Executive Order Announcing 2017 Governor’s Bay Day

Free State Beach Parking, Free Saltwater Fishing, Free RIPTA Bus Service on Route 66 on July 30, 2017 PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today visited Roger Wheeler State Beach to sign an Executive Order announcing that the 29th Governor's Bay Day celebration will take place on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Governor's Bay Day will include free parking at all Rhode Island state beaches, as well as fishing in Rhode Island's saltwaters without a fishing license. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will also waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County beaches on Route 66 (URI/Galilee).…
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RI Division of Motor Vehicles resumes full operations at all offices

Urges customers with July transactions to take advantage of grace period and to utilize online and AAA alternatives as possible CRANSTON, - Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles will reopen all offices Tuesday, July 18, on a walk-in basis as the agency moves into the next phase of its computer system launch period. Although the new system is fully operational at all branches, heavy customer transaction volume - and longer wait times - are expected. "The launch program begun in May has exceeded benchmarks for speed and functionality, and we are cautiously optimistic that tomorrow's next step will remain on…
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Remarks by the Vice President at the National Governors Association

Rhode Island Convention Center Providence, Rhode Island THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all. It is wonderful to be here. To Prime Minister Trudeau, Governor McAuliffe -- thank you for that warm introduction and that warm welcome -- to Governor Sandoval, to all the Governors of these United States, especially our host, to Gina Raimondo, to all the distinguished guests who are here with us today -- it is an honor to be back in Rhode Island at the 109th annual Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association. (Applause.) And I bring greetings today from my friend, a champion of…
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

Vice President Mike Pence met with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau today after both leaders addressed the National Governors Association in Providence, Rhode Island. On behalf of President Trump, the Vice President recognized the importance of the beneficial US trade and investment relationship with Canada, while expressing the need to work together to address lingering trade disagreements. The two leaders also expressed their shared commitment to update and modernize NAFTA through constructive renegotiation. The Vice President and Prime Minister discussed the two countries' extensive cooperation on national security and defense issues, including concern over the escalating situation in North…
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Raimondo Receives 2017 BIO Governor of the Year Award

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today received the 2017 Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Governor of the Year Award in recognition of her leadership and commitment to strengthening the bioscience industry within Rhode Island. BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. "As Governor, I wake up every morning focused on creating jobs for Rhode Islanders," Raimondo said. "Thanks to…
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Langevin Applauds House Approval of Climate Change Language in the NDAA

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in rejecting, by a vote of 185 to 234, an amendment from Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) to strike Langevin’s language recognizing climate change as a national security threat in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “Today, the House of Representatives took an important step in acknowledging the reality of climate change and the need to prepare for its effects on our national security,” said Langevin, a member of the Sustainable Energy and…
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