Governor Gina M. Raimondo Testimony before the House Finance Committee RI Promise Scholarship Initiative

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo testified today before the House Finance Committee in support of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship initiative which would guarantee every Rhode Island student with an opportunity to attend two years of college tuition-free. Her testimony to the committee, as prepared for delivery, is below: Thank you Chairman Abney and members of the community. Thank you for partnership and collaboration. Working together, we've been able to get a lot done for Rhode Islanders. We've put Rhode Island on stronger ground, so much so that last week we announced unemployment rate was below national average. That's…
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Reed Statement on CBO Report Showing Trumpcare Would Lead to 24 Million Losing Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report detailing cost and coverage estimates for House Republicans' health care repeal bill, including the fact that as many as 24 million Americans could lose their health insurance under Trumpcare: "This CBO report offers further evidence that Trumpcare is the wrong prescription for America's health care system and would result in millions more Americans being uninsured. "This is even worse than most Republicans worried, and I hope it will cause thoughtful members of Congress on both sides of the…
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State Offices Closed Tuesday, March 14 Due to Major Winter Storm

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has announced that state offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14 due to the major winter storm forecast to impact the region. The Governor is coordinating closely with state agencies and National Grid to monitor the storm and prepare for Rhode Island's response. "I urge Rhode Islanders to prepare for a major winter storm tomorrow, and to stay off the roads on Tuesday to let plow crews and emergency response personnel to do their jobs during tomorrow's snow storm," Raimondo said. "Heavy snowfall and high winds are forecast for the morning commute, with…
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People with Special Healthcare Needs and all Rhode Islanders Urged to Prepare for and Stay Healthy During Winter Storm

People with Special Healthcare Needs and all Rhode Islanders Urged to Prepare for and Stay Healthy During Winter Storm The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) urges anyone with a special healthcare need to enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry (RISNER) in advance of the coming winter storm. Enrolling in RISNER does not guarantee assistance, but it does allow local and state emergency officials to plan for, respond to, and care for Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs in an emergency, such as large winter storms and hurricanes. People who use life-sustaining…
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Providence Public Schools Closed on March 14th with Citywide Parking Ban to Take Effect 12:01AM (3/14)

PROVIDENCE, RI - Due to winter storm conditions Providence Public Schools and afterschool activities are canceled for March 14, 2017. Recreation Centers will also be closed tomorrow. There will be a citywide parking ban beginning at 12:01AM on March 14th overnight, which will remain in effect until further notice. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed properly. The Department of…
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Council President Luis Aponte Issues Statement Regarding Today’s Special Meeting

PROVIDENCE, RI—Providence City Council President Luis Aponte today issued the following statement regarding the March 13th special meeting to schedule the recall election for Ward 3 Councilman Kevin Jackson: “In compliance with the Providence City Charter, this matter was already on the docket for our regularly scheduled Council Meeting this Thursday, March 16th,” said Aponte. “The confusion around whether a special meeting was needed prior to that is a direct result of a conflict in state election laws and those laid out in the City Charter: state law requires a recall date to be set within 50 days of the…
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RIDOC Announces Correctional Officer Recruitment Campaign Kickoff

CRANSTON, – March, 2017 – The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) is inviting men and women who are looking for a challenging career opportunity to consider becoming a Correctional Officer. Individuals interested in applying for a spot in the Training Academy for Class 82 can fill out an application online at Applications will be accepted March 1st – March 22nd, 2017. The RIDOC is an equal opportunity/diversity employer, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who have questions may call the Training Academy at 401-462-JOBS. Optional two-hour information sessions will be conducted on: Tuesday, March 14,…
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Mayor Fung’s Remarks on Voting Irregularities in Cranston

Over the course of the past year, much has been made at every level – local, state, and national – about ensuring the sanctity of our elections. There are rules – strict rules – on who can cast a vote. By and large we take it for granted that our elections are clean and fair, but we must be ever vigilant in protecting the system. When the system is taken advantage of, we must confront it head on. And this is what we are doing here today. Over the course of the past few weeks, as a result of our…
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Statement by secretary of state Nellie m. Gorbea on alleged Voting Irregularities in Cranston

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung held a press conference where he described alleged voter irregularities that took place in his city during the November Election. The law is clear: only citizens are eligible to vote and you can only vote once. Anyone who breaks the law should be held accountable and I expect these allegations to be fully investigated. I am committed to ensuring that elections are fair, fast and accurate in Rhode Island. That is why, working closely with the State Board of Elections, I have convened an Elections Task Force and brought together stakeholders to review the past election,…
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Raimondo Announces “1,000 by ’20” Clean Energy Goal

1,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2020 NORTH KINGSTOWN, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a strategic goal today to increase the amount of clean energy in the state by 10 times by the end of 2020. In 2016, the baseline year for this goal, Rhode Island had approximately 100 megawatts of clean energy. Since then, Rhode Island has become the first and still only state with an operational off-shore wind farm. "Every step we take toward a clean energy future is a step toward a stronger, more sustainable environment and economy. Our commitment to expand our clean energy portfolio…
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