New Raimondo web video: "We Can't Put our Progress at Risk"

New Raimondo Web Video: "We Can't Put our Progress at Risk" 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo released a new web video Friday that discusses the importance of protecting investments in her jobs plan, including the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship, in order to secure Rhode Island's economic future.

"We can't allow a short-term challenge caused mostly by uncertainty in Washington to turn into a long term problem for Rhode Islanders. We cannot go backwards. To secure the economic progress we've made over the last two years, we need to protect our investments in job training and education," Governor Raimondo said in the video. "Rhode Island Promise is a big idea to ensure Rhode Islanders are prepared for the jobs companies are creating. But I'm realistic. The budget is tighter today than it was in January and I'm open to scaling back the proposal, but I think it would be a mistake to do nothing."

The Rhode Island Promise Scholarship proposal will make college more affordable and accessible for middle class Rhode Island families and will ensure that Rhode Islanders have the skills and education they need to compete for the jobs businesses are creating here. As currently proposed, the cost for the first year of Rhode Island Promise is $10 million--roughly one-tenth of one percent of the total state budget, even after revenue projections came back.

The Governor's Office released two other videos this week in support for the Rhode Island Promise proposal. The first, released Tuesday, featured Governor Raimondo saying that Rhode Island Promise is still her top priority. On Wednesday, the Governor's Office released a web video featuring Nick Inglis, the co-founder of the Information Governance Conference, a national conference for tech leaders hosted annually in Providence.

(release and video from Governor's Office)