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Office of the Governor - Press Releases


Raimondo Issues Challenge to Put $5M Back in College Students' Pockets

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:15:00 GMT

Office of Innovation launches Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Responding to concerns college students have raised about the rising cost of textbooks being a barrier to a degree, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new challenge today, led by the Governor's Office of...

Raimondo Announces Goal to Ensure 70 Percent of Rhode Islanders Hold a College Degree by 2025

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Less than 45 percent of Rhode Islanders currently have degrees Seven out of 10 jobs created in Rhode Island in coming years will require a degree beyond a high school diploma PROVIDENCE, RI - Standing next to Community College of Rhode Island students who have benefitted from the Rhode...

Record Number of Rhode Island Students Earn Free College Credits

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:45:00 GMT

Prepare RI program doubles in first year state covers cost PROVIDENCE, RI - Thanks to the Prepare RI initiative that Governor Gina M. Raimondo launched last year, the number of students enrolled in courses that earned both high school and college credit more than doubled in the 2015-16 school...

Raimondo's Statement on Rhode Island's Unemployment Rate

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:45:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on Rhode Island's latest jobs and unemployment data. "Eleven hundred more Rhode Islanders are employed this month than last month, and more Rhode Islanders are working today than at any point since June 2008. We...

Raimondo, Director of Veterans Affairs Open New Veterans Resource Center

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:30:00 GMT

Redoubles Efforts for Veterans with Two New Case Managers PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo ushered in a new era for Rhode Island veterans with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Office of Veterans Affairs' new headquarters and resource center today in Warwick. She was joined by...

Raimondo Sets Strategic Reading Goal

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:45:00 GMT

Three out of four third graders will read at grade level by 2025; third-grade reading goal first in a series of strategic goals to be announced before the end of the year PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Citing a series of initiatives and programs focused on helping children develop the skills they need to...

Raimondo Directs U.S. and Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Recognition of the Anniversary of September 11th

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:45:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - According to a Proclamation issued by President Obama, Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016, will be recognized as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and...

Colonel O'Donnell Announces Retirement from Rhode Island State Police

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After more than 30 years in law enforcement, including more than five as Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, Colonel Steven O'Donnell announced today he will retire later this month. Governor Gina M. Raimondo thanks Col. O'Donnell for his years of service and...

Raimondo Directs Urgent Action to Keep 6-10 Bridges Safe

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:35:14 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Citing public safety concerns raised in a recent letter from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and based on the Rhode Island Department of Transportation's (RIDOT) own analysis, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that the state will use $400 million from RhodeWorks

Raimondo Opens Westerly P-TECH Program, Providing Rhode Island Students the Opportunity to Follow Paths in STEM Careers

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 22:15:00 GMT

Westerly, Newport, Providence Launch P-TECH Programs This Week WESTERLY, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of Westerly High School's P-TECH program. The Pathways in Technology Early College High School program (P-TECH) is designed to

Raimondo Visit to Computer Coding Class Spotlights State's Actions to Overcome IT Skills Gap

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:30:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Last night, Governor Gina M. Raimondo visited the last class of a free, intensive, 16-week computer coding course offered by Real Jobs RI grantee LaunchCode, a nonprofit that partners with employers to create paid apprenticeships and jobs for those lacking traditional computer...

Raimondo Announces State Ended FY 2016 With $44 Million in Additional Surplus

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:00:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced that the Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Closing Statement, issued by the Department of Administration's Office of Accounts and Control, shows the state ended FY 2016 with a $167 million General Fund surplus - $44 million more than...

Raimondo Directs Rhode Island Flags Lowered

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:30:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered all Rhode Island flags to be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and buildings beginning at sunrise on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The flags will remain at half-staff until sunrise on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, in memory of former...

Raimondo, Rhode Island Officials Welcome Ivory Ella Headquarters to Westerly with "Shirt-Cutting" Ceremony

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:30:00 GMT

Online Retailer Moves Entire Company from Connecticut to Rhode Island, Bringing 40 Jobs and Plans to Expand PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today joined state and local officials at a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the opening of Ivory Ella's new headquarters in Westerly. The

Raimondo's Statement on PARCC Results

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:45:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on the PARCC scores: "As we continue to focus on growing the Rhode Island economy and preparing young people for the challenging careers of the 21st-century, we have to develop and support great schools and a...

Raimondo's Statement on Rhode Island's Economic Data

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:00:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement on the announcement of the state's latest economic data. "Our economy's gain of 1,400 jobs last month is encouraging. Our labor force has experienced two months of strong growth and we've gained 5,000 jobs this year....

Governor Encourages Residents, Businesses to Conserve Water

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Issues Statewide "Drought Advisory" to Raise Awareness of Dry Conditions PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo is issuing a statewide "Drought Advisory," based on indicators and assessments from the state's Drought Steering Committee. "Rhode Islanders should be aware the state will...

Raimondo Signs Bills to Expand Opportunity for Veterans

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:30:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Representative Jan P. Malik, Senator Walter S. Felag, Jr., Director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn, and Brigadier General Christopher Callahan, Adjutant General of the state of Rhode Island, today ceremonially signed several new bills to...

Brian A. Goldman Sworn In As District Court Associate Judge

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:00:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today swore in Brian A. Goldman, the new Judge of the state District Court. "I am happy to be appointing a Judge who is not only a skilled and experienced lawyer, but is also a veteran who has served his country," Raimondo said. "Judge Goldman will...

Raimondo Highlights Unemployment Program's Customer Service Turnaround

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:15:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Major customer service improvements made by the staff of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program have reduced waiting times by 63 percent during this summer's recent peak claim period versus last summer's peak period. These improvements highlight the benefits of the Lean...