Education

Governor Raimondo Proposes Expanding Rhode Island Promise to Rhode Island College

Proposed expansion of scholarship program would cover final two years of in-state tuition and fees for eligible full-time students working towards four-year degrees  PROVIDENCE, RI – In the first State of the State address of her second term at the State House on Tuesday night, Governor Gina Raimondo proposed an expansion of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program to Rhode Island College. The proposal would cover the final two years of in-state tuition and mandatory fees for four-year, first-time undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and meet any new and existing eligibility requirements as determined by the Governor and General Assembly.…
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RI Awarded $4.19M for Early Childhood Development and Education

Grant Will Support Governor's Goal to Expand High-Quality Pre-K PROVIDENCE, – Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Children’s Cabinet announced today that Rhode Island has been awarded a one-year, $ million federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG). Targeted at youth from birth through age 5, this grant will support the development and coordination of early childhood education and family-centered support programs.   “We have no task more important, no investment more worthwhile, than to ensure all children are on a path to success. That is why I have made early child care and expanding Pre-Kindergarten a top priority, both in…
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RAIMONDO OFFERS RHODE ISLANDERS A CLEAR CHOICE FOR CHANGE AND PROGRESS

Governor handedly wins final debate for election Opponents Fung and Trillo offer no vision for state and squabble PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo won tonight’s debate and made a clear closing argument that she is the only candidate capable of continuing the change and progress that Rhode Islanders need. Under her leadership, Rhode Island has added nearly 20,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate is below 4 percent for the first time since 1989. In a second term, Raimondo will work to protect the economic development and job training investments that are helping Rhode Island compete with other states.…
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Governor Raimondo Announces Largest Successful Regulatory Reform Effort in State History

PROVIDENCE,  - Governor Raimondo today joined small business leaders to discuss how Rhode Island's new regulatory system--which won an Innovation Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State--is helping businesses succeed in Rhode Island. Led by the Office of Regulatory Reform, Rhode Island's executive branch agencies have undertaken the single largest effort to cut regulatory red tape in the state's history. "I'm excited to announce that we have eliminated over 8,000 pages of regulations--over 30 percent of all regulations on the books," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Finally we have a regulatory code that saves businesses time and money and eliminates unnecessary red…
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Hunger Elimination Task Force releases recommendations to tackle food insecurity in RI

Central Falls, – On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Rhode Island Hunger Elimination Task Force released recommendations to help increase access to safe and healthy food for all Rhode Islanders. “Governor Raimondo is focused on building a food system that supports all Rhode Island families, communities and businesses,” said Sue AnderBois, Rhode Island’ s Director of Food Strategy. “In creating – and now implementing – the State’s first food strategy, we recognized that a thriving food system was not one in which Rhode Islanders went to bed hungry at night. We have been laser-focused on identifying the root causes of food insecurity…
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ALLAN FUNG’S RECORD OF TAX INCREASES SETS HIM APART FROM OTHER CANDIDATES

Cranston Designated as Distressed Community Largely Due to Fung’s Tax Hikes   PROVIDENCE, RI - In 10 years as mayor, Allan Fung has raised property and car taxes six times. The car tax in his city is the fifth highest in Rhode Island. In contrast, Governor Raimondo has cut taxes to make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to expand, and she worked with the General Assembly to cut the tax, giving middle class families much deserved relief. Because of her efforts, the average Rhode Islander’s car tax bill has been cut by more than 20 percent.   “Allan…
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Governor Raimondo, Lieutenant Governor McKee Call on National Grid to Return $8 Million to Ratepayers

PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Raimondo and Lieutenant Governor McKee are calling on National Grid to return to ratepayers $ million of over-collections made after Congress passed a massive corporate tax cut. After Congress passed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, National Grid's federal corporate tax rate was reduced from 35 percent to 21 percent. "This money belongs to Rhode Islanders, and National Grid needs to return every dollar to ratepayers-quickly," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "When President Trump and Congress decided to give corporations like National Grid a massive tax cut, I was concerned about the impact it would have…
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Raimondo Administration, Business Community Partner to Expand Opportunity for Rhode Islanders in Recovery

Governor: "I've personally hired people in recovery because they are determined, committed and focused" PROVIDENCE, - At a one-stop job training center today in Providence, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative -- supported by a $4 million federal labor grant -- to expand skills training and job opportunities for Rhode Islanders in recovery. In addition to the job training funding and programs, the new Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative will also provide guidance for employers looking to create more supportive work environments for employees and potential employees in recovery or living with addiction and to address the stigma…
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Governor Raimondo, RIDOT Announce Increased Snow Fighting Capabilities This Winter

WARWICK, RI - Governor Raimondo announced that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has taken several steps to bolster its ability to plow and treat the roads this coming winter. The department is expanding its fleet of plow trucks and drivers while deploying new technology to get real-time information on weather and road conditions. "We've all enjoyed the mild weather this fall, but winter is coming and we're more than ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws our way," Governor Gina M. Raimondo said. "RIDOT has increased its snow fighting capabilities to keep the roads safe and clear them…
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Governor Raimondo, Goldman Sachs Celebrate First Graduation of 10,000 Small Businesses in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed and Goldman Sachs Executive Vice President John Rogers today celebrated the first graduation of the 10,000 Small Businesses program in Rhode Island, which expands access to capital and provides practical business education for small business owners based across Rhode Island. Thanks to Governor Raimondo's efforts, Goldman Sachs chose Rhode Island for its first statewide launch of the initiative in March of 2016. Fifty-seven business leaders graduated today in a ceremony held at the Park Theater in Cranston. "This program is about creating opportunity for Rhode Islanders," Raimondo said. "Goldman Sachs' 10,000…
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