Raimondo offers promise of continued measurable change
Four years ago Rhode Island had the highest unemployment in the nation. Today, the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 20 years and the number of jobs in the state are near an all-time high. Simply put, we’re bringing real, measurable change to Rhode Island.
Our people and our state are better off because of it.
Election Day is November 6, and Rhode Islanders have a clear choice to make: Continue the positive change we’ve brought to Rhode Island or go backwards.
When I took office, unemployment was high and wages were flat. It had been that way for decades. We had to come together and shake up the old way of doing things to get people working again, so we did.
We started investing in Rhode Islanders. From early childhood education to post-secondary opportunities, we are creating pathways to the middle class for everyone.
A good education is the foundation for success so we’ve made record investments in K-12 education. Immediately after taking office, I ended the freeze on school construction and we got to work fixing schools. We’ve tripled the number of Pre-K classes across the state and every child can now attend all-day kindergarten. And with your support in November, we’ll guarantee that every four year old has a seat in a public Pre-K class.
For four years, we’ve been laser focused on job training. We’ve trained and placed more than 3,000 unemployed or underemployed Rhode Island workers in good-paying jobs since I took office. In a second term, we’ll double the number of employers involved in our Real Jobs RI training partnerships. Seven out of 10 jobs in Rhode Island require a degree or credential beyond high school, so last year we made CCRI tuition-free for high school graduates. And earlier this year, we announced a commitment to bring the Northern Rhode Islander Higher Education Center to Woonsocket.
In a second term, I’ll work to expand the RI Promise Scholarship at CCRI to Rhode Islanders of all ages, and extend it for high school graduates to URI and RIC.
Four years ago, our economy was stuck and we had no strategy to compete with other states.
For too long, we relied on Hail Mary passes and special deals for special people. And a lot of Rhode Islanders got hurt along the way. Right after I took office, we changed that. We created a new small business loan program, which has supported roughly 70 companies like Support Vision. We’ve recruited or expanded over two dozen major employers to Rhode Island and put thousands of Rhode Islanders to work fixing our crumbling roads and bridges. We’ve created over 15,000 news jobs in less than four years and we led the nation last year in wage growth.
My opponents have promised to undo this progress and send Rhode Island backwards. They oppose the job-creating programs we’ve established. Allan Fung would get rid of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship altogether. And neither Fung nor Trillo have the courage to stand up for Rhode Island which sometimes requires standing up to President Trump.
I love Rhode Island and I believe in our little Ocean State. I grew up here, Andy and I chose to raise our children here, I started a business here – and I’m proud and humbled to be your Governor. I’m asking for the chance to keep working for you, so we can keep bringing the change Rhode Islanders need and deserve.