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#AskGina Jobs & Infrastructure Twitter Town Hall

Infrastructure week continues with citizen forum on rebuilding What: Gina hosts a Twitter Town Hall and takes questions about her plan to rebuild Rhode Island and put people back to work When: Thursday, March 20, from 12:20 - 1 Where: You can follow the conversation on her blog () or by following the hashtag #AskGina Availability: Reporters can tweet questions with the hashtag #AskGina to ask Gina how she plans to rebuild Rhode Island and put people back to work  
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Governor Patrick Discusses Opportunities For Collaboration With Panamanian Innovation Leaders

PANAMA – Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick addressed CAPATEC, the Panamanian Chamber of Information Technology and Communications, where he discussed the many opportunities for collaboration between Massachusetts and Panama in the innovation economy sectors. “Lasting growth in the 21st century global economy will come from our competitiveness in global markets and opening up Massachusetts to the markets where we share strengths,” said Governor Patrick. “The leaders in business and government and venture capitalists of Latin America’s growth centers are eager to collaborate with us because they recognize that Massachusetts is an innovation hub with a disciplined strategy…
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Brett Smiley’s guns & ammunition tax bill gains widespread support in the general assembly

Providence - In the month since Brett Smiley introduced his Guns and Ammunition Tax Bill to the Rhode Island General Assembly, eleven Senators and Representatives have signed on as sponsors. The list of sponsors includes Senators Goldin, Metts, DaPonte, Pichardo, Miller, and Crowley as well as Representatives Cimini, Almeida, Ajello, Williams and Handy. Smiley commented, "It's great to see so many influential leaders coming together to support this common-sense solution to the crime and violence in our state. By recognizing the great work being done by our nonprofits and the importance of providing them with steady funding, we take a…
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RI Mayors Mckee And Diossa Join Bill Gates And Other City Leaders To Discuss Education

Providence, RI -- Today, Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa join a group of more than 50 mayors from across the country to discuss ways to improve public education in their cities. The event, entitled the "Mayors in Education Convening," is being sponsored in Washington, DC by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The mayors are gathering to discuss a wide range of topics that are uniquely impacting public school students in their cities, including the Common Core State Standards, school finance reform, community engagement, and innovations and successful practices for mayoral leadership in education. Bill Gates also will host a morning conversation with the mayors on the…
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New “Massdirect Notes” Program

Frequent Sales and Electronic Trading Platform to Drive Down Costs for Commonwealth Treasurer Steven Grossman today announced the launch of MassDirect Notes, a new and innovative program that provides Massachusetts retail investors with greater and more frequent access to Massachusetts bonds on an ongoing basis each month. The new program, which is expected to lower borrowing rates for Massachusetts by expanding its investor base, is the first-of-its kind for the municipal bond market and is modeled on  the Treasury’s TreasuryDirect program. “Massachusetts continues to build on its reputation as an innovator in the municipal bond market, and after years of work, we’re delighted to roll out this innovative…
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Brett Smiley Proposes Creation Of A Providence Office Of Strategic Partnerships

Brett Smiley today unveiled the second piece of his economic development plan: his proposal to create an Office of Strategic Partnerships in Providence in order to create and promote public-private partnerships between the city, private foundations and the vibrant non-profit sector. This approach has been employed in both Denver and Los Angeles to find additional resources and to better coordinate efforts to solve important urban problems. Brett Smiley said, "Providence faces big challenges, and with little left to cut and nothing left to tax, we must work hard to forge the kind of partnerships with the private and non-profit sectors that bring in more federal, state, corporate and private…
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Senator Maryellen Goodwin Endorses Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence

City Committee Chairwoman and Senate Majority Whip cites Michael's belief in city neighborhoods, sense of community PROVIDENCE, RI - Providence Democratic City Committee Chairwoman and Rhode Island State Senator Maryellen Goodwin (D - Providence) endorsed Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence today. Senator Goodwin, who was elected chairwoman of the Providence Democratic City Committee in 2013, lauded Michael's lifelong commitment to Providence's neighborhoods, his years of public service, and his role in addressing and improving the city's finances. "Michael and I have worked closely together as a councilperson and a state senator, serving the Mount Pleasant and Elmhurst neighborhoods. As young people, our fathers taught us the value…
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Block Calls On Chafee To Negotiate Short-term Contract

WARWICK, RI: Republican candidate for Governor Ken Block called on Governor Chafee to negotiate a short-term contract with state employees. "We must let the next Governor negotiate this contract,” said Block. “It doesn't make sense for our next Governor to have their hands tied. Governor Chafee should negotiate a one-year extension and nothing beyond that especially given the fiscal situation we see that lies ahead for our state.” As recently reported in the Providence Journal, the state is currently negotiating with unions on a new contract for state workers. The Governor’s FY2015 Budget estimates that the state will experience increasing…
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Gina Raimondo Continues Focus On Manufacturing Tours Fourth Manufacturing Facility

PROVIDENCE- Following the release of the first part of her jobs plan yesterday, Gina Raimondo today continued her focus on manufacturing, touring Admiral Packaging in Providence. Gina’s plan to revitalize manufacturing in Rhode Island relies on a three-pronged approach to foster innovation, improve our workforce development efforts and better support our existing manufacturers. “We need to be doing a better job supporting our local manufacturers and helping them to grow,” said Gina. “One of the things I’ve most enjoyed throughout this campaign is hosting what we call ‘Raimondo Roundtables’ to hear from people directly about what their industry needs to…
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DC Lawmakers Begin Marathon Session

Rhode Island - Senators from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts are among the 28 legislators who are prepared to speak on the Senate floor every Monday night and Tuesday morning to demand urgent action be taken in relation to climate change. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says "it's time for Congress to wake up and gets serious about this global problem."
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