Raimondo’s State of the State set for Jan. 16

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov. Gina Raimondo will deliver her State of the State speech on Jan. 16, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Larry Berman, a spokesman for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, said the governor and General Assembly leaders have scheduled the speech for Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The annual address is given to a joint session of lawmakers in the House chamber.

Raimondo’s chief of staff, Brett Smiley, formally requested the timing in a letter to Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio on Wednesday.

Raimondo’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1, is due two days later. Last year Raimondo used the State of the State to preview her tax-and-spending plan’s priorities, but did not release her full budget blueprint until the Thursday due date. Her spokesman said the same process is planned this year.

Raimondo, a first-term Democrat up for re-election in November, must close a two-year deficit of roughly $260 million in her budget, including an estimated shortfall of about $60 million in the current year.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Jan. 23. President Trump will deliver his State of the Union speech one week later, on Tuesday, Jan. 30.