PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Governor Gina Raimondo sat down with Target 12 Investigator Tim White and WPRI.com Reporter Ted Nesi on Friday during a taping of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers, where she talked more about a deal with General Electric that will bring at least 100 jobs to the Ocean State.
The governor said GE had a code word for the deal when the talks were still shrouded in secrecy – it was called Operation Salamander.
Raimondo said the talks with GE started when she was trying to get them to move their headquarters to Rhode Island. She said they first called in January to inform the state that the headquarters would be moving to Boston, not Rhode Island.
The state is offering roughly $5.6 million in incentives over the next 10 years. Raimondo said GE has two potential buildings in Providence for their digital information technology center – but she won’t disclose where.
We also talked to Raimondo about the House budget proposal this week. She said she has no plans to veto the budget – but she might veto a bill that would require a town referendum on a tax treaty for a proposed power plant in Burrillville.
“You cannot, if you want to run a state that’s open for business, pull the rug out from under an important regulatory process halfway through the process,” she explained. “I’d be very likely to (veto it).”
Raimondo said she will be in Burrillville in the coming weeks to hear from residents about their concerns on the proposed power plant.