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Gov. Gina Raimondo promised robust programs to improve transportation, education, housing, the environment, increasing the minimum wage, while offering tax cuts and no solution to the state’s $200 million deficit,  in her State of the State Address to both houses of the General Assembly tonight.

The address, a vision of what could be, will now undergo vigorous review by the General Assembly. The fate of many of the programs will be tied to what is likely a tight budget, which she will submit to the General Assembly on Thursday.

And it comes with a backdrop of what Len Lardaro, an economist at the University of Rhode Island says is a slowing economy in Rhode Island and nationally, and a 50-50 chance the state falls into recession by year’s end.

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With legislators, other general officers, the judiciary, and her family looking on, Raimondo’s proposals were often met with vigorous applause. She touted success in job training, road construction, a school building bond.

She proposed three possible bond issues: building additional pre-Kindergarten classroom space; affordable housing (a dedicated funding stream); and developing industrial sites throughout the state. 

Among the highlights, Raimondo said: 

  • She will propose a package of gun control bills.
  • She is committed to moving Rhode Island closer to being powered 100 percent by renewable energy.
  • Investment in our beaches.
  • Increasing the minimum wage.
  • Banning flavored e-cigarettes.
  • Near the end of the speech she called again for passage of Line-Item Veto, a proposal that has surfaced for several years. Line-Item Veto would give the governor the option of vetoing individual line items in an Assembly approved budget, rather than having to either accept or veto the entire budget as a whole.

Among the issues she did not addressed was the legalization of marijuana, which legislative leaders have already said they would oppose.

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