Governor Gina Raimondo. Photo via Governor Raimondo's Facebook Page.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo will deliver her 2021 State of the State address tonight at 7:00 p.m. Her speech will focus on the work that has been done over the past six years to build a stronger, more equitable and more resilient Rhode Island through investments in job training, economic development, education, health care, environmental progress, and more. Excerpts from tonight’s address are below.
“2020 was a year we will never forget. Together, we faced challenges and tragedy like never before. But we got through it. We did what Rhode Islanders have always done: we innovated, and we persevered.”
“2021 will be our year of rebuilding. There’s a lot of work to do, but I stand here confident that we have laid the foundation for a stronger and more equitable Rhode Island.”
“Rhode Islanders can be proud that we’re leading the way in the fight against climate change.”
“When it comes to our future, nothing is more important than our kids. Education is about equity. It’s how we ensure every kid, in every neighborhood, gets a fair shot to realize his or her potential.”
“We quadrupled the number of public Pre-K classes and made all-day Kindergarten a reality for every child. We became the first state in America to teach computer science in every public school.”
“We took bold steps to make community college tuition-free for every high school graduate. At the time we did that, few states had taken this path. Now our country looks to us as a model.”
“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of inclusion, acceptance and equality. We believe all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and should have the same opportunities for success – no matter your race, religion, gender, ethnicity, who you love or where you come from.”
“This is the Rhode Island we have built together over the last six years. This is the foundation we have laid for a bright future – for a Rhode Island that brings everyone along. We have to keep up that fight.”
“Monday marked 11 months since the first case of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. For the past 11 months, we have traveled a difficult path, but we’ve held on to hope – just as our state flag inspires us to do.”
“Many years from now, we will look back at this year and everything we overcame together. I hope what we remember is the strength, determination and fortitude that carried us from some of our darkest days into a brighter, more prosperous, more equitable future.”

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.