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Office of the Governor - Press Releases


State Offices Closed Tomorrow Due to Major Winter Storm

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:00:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has announced that state offices will be closed Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 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...

Raimondo Statement on January Jobs Report

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:45:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement today on the January 2018 jobs report: "Rhode Island has come a long way since 2014 when the state's unemployment rate was the highest in America. Today, it's in line with the national average and there are more jobs in...

Raimondo Signs Rhode Island Red Flag Executive Order to Prevent Gun Violence, Save Lives

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Governor urges legislature to take swift action to pass strong Red Flag law WARWICK, RI - Less than two weeks after a tragic mass shooting in Florida that killed 17 students and teachers, Governor Gina M. Raimondo became the first governor in America to take executive action to establish a...

Raimondo unveils plan to increase number of Rhode Islanders with higher education

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:15:00 GMT

In the coming years, 70% of jobs in Rhode Island will require education beyond high school. PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Raimondo today released a roadmap for to achieving the ambitious goal she set to have 70% postsecondary attainment in Rhode Island by the year 2025. Together with Chair of the...

Governors Raimondo, Cuomo, Malloy and Murphy announce "States for Gun Safety" Coalition to Combat the Gun Violence Epidemic

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:00:00 GMT

Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey Enter into Firearm Information-Sharing and Enforcement Agreement to Supplement NICS Database PROVIDENCE, RI-- Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and New Jersey Governor Phil...

Raimondo Expands Efforts to Support New Parents in Recovery and Infants Born with Opioid Dependence

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Rhode Island selected by National Governor's Association as a 'learning lab' state to prevent neonatal withdrawal PROVIDENCE, RI - Following the release earlier this week of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing a 61 percent decrease in post-...

Raimondo Directs U.S. and Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Parkland School Shooting

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on February 19, 2018 in honor of the victims of yesterday's school shooting in...

Raimondo Administration's Addiction Treatment Program for Inmates Linked to 61 Percent Reduction in Overdose Deaths

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:30:00 GMT

Brown University/UNC-Chapel Hill researchers cite Rhode Island Department of Corrections program as driving force to decrease post-incarceration deaths PROVIDENCE, RI - A new study by researchers from Brown University and UNC-Chapel Hill has found that an addiction treatment program for inmates...

Raimondo, Whitehouse, Langevin and Cicilline United in Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:45:00 GMT

Encourage Rhode Islanders to Voice Concerns at Upcoming Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Public Meeting PROVIDENCE, RI - Looking out onto Narragansett Bay, Governor Gina M. Raimondo was today joined by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman David Cicilline...

Raimondo Highlights Green Economy Bond

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:15:00 GMT

Over $3.7 million in grants announced to clean up, redevelop brownfields sites throughout RI PROVIDENCE, RI - As part of continued efforts to grow Rhode Island's green economy, Governor Gina Raimondo joined the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and other partners today...

Raimondo Touts Goal to Make Energy System 10 Times Cleaner

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Directs State Energy Team to Work with Utilities to Procure 400MW of Affordable, Clean Energy PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo touted progress toward her administration's goal to make Rhode Island's energy system 10 times cleaner. Since announcing the goal to bring 1,000 megawatts of...

Raimondo Encourages Rhode Islanders to Be An Anchor for Children Needing Foster Families

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:00:00 GMT

CENTRAL FALLS, RI - Today, at Central Falls High School, Governor Gina M. Raimondo encouraged all Rhode Islanders to consider becoming foster families, promoted an upcoming weekend-long event for new foster families, and highlighted community partnerships that are strengthening the work of the...

Raimondo Announces Investments in Quality Child Care

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:45:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI- As part of her FY19 budget, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced plans to invest in quality child care. Her budget proposal includes $1.5 million in quality child care for infants and toddlers in home- and center-based settings. This proposal directly links rates for child care to...

Raimondo Announces Extension of DCYF Care for Youth Up to Age 21

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:45:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI - As part of her FY19 budget, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced plans to allow young people to access care and support through DCYF up to age 21. Providing an opportunity to continue care up to age 21 will build stronger transition plans and help young people in DCYF care access...

Elderly Affairs Director Fogarty Announces Retirement

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:15:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island Director of Elderly Affairs Charles J. Fogarty has announced his intention to retire later this year after four decades of public service. Director Fogarty has served in numerous local- and state-leadership positions over the course of his career, most recently leading

Raimondo Lays Out Comprehensive Small Business Friendliness Package

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Governor proposes omnibus package to streamline processes, eliminate fees and cut red tape; Invests $500,000 to double number of small business loans awarded in 2018 PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After announcing that nine of Rhode Island's biggest employers have committed to participate in Supply RI and...

Raimondo's Small Business Agenda Makes RI's Cities and Towns More Business Friendly

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:45:00 GMT

In Warwick, Governor highlights efforts to cut red tape; Announces third wave of funding for Main Street Improvement Grants WARWICK, RI - Building on yesterday's Supply RI announcement to connect Rhode Island's local suppliers with the state's largest employers, Governor Gina M. Raimondo shared...

One Week After State of the State, Nine Major Employers Commit to Supply RI

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:15:00 GMT

Governor's 'buy local' initiative aims to connect local suppliers with state's largest employers PROVIDENCE, RI - Nine of Rhode Island's largest employers have made a public commitment to buy more products and services from local Rhode Island companies. Last week, in her State of the State...

Raimondo Statement on December 2017 Jobs Report

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:45:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement today on the December 2017 jobs report. While the state lost 600 jobs compared to the November report, December 2017 was the fourth best month on record for job count. "This report shows that we are in the third inning of...

Governor's Raimondo Statement on National Grid's Lowered Rate Filing

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:00:00 GMT

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on National Grid's recalculated rate filing: "I'm pleased that National Grid is responding to my call to protect Rhode Island ratepayers, in light of federal tax changes that slash the corporate tax rate from 35...