Raimondo rolls out plan to boost RI manufacturing

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo on Monday put forward the first piece of what she said will be a comprehensive plan to grow Rhode Island’s economy and add jobs in a state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

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2 thoughts on “Raimondo rolls out plan to boost RI manufacturing

  1. For a “comprehensive plan,” it all sounds pretty vague to me. Nothing so far about how to convince companies to start or keep a business in RI.

    Governors don’t create private-sector jobs; companies do.

    So, with respect to adding jobs…that probably is referring to jobs in the new state agency that will be created to oversee the program.

  2. “Raimondo’s campaign said the state would either give away or sell off at a low price government-owned land, such as the former I-195 parcels, to create one or more campuses for the proposed Innovation Institute.”

    Ah! Of course! The one place the state has been lacking is that is has not allowed for a sufficient number of sweetheart deals. It is a known fact that government money works exactly like karma — just keep giving it away and it will eventually come back.

    As a side note, I always like the question of “what should be done with the Rt. 195 land?”, because it is a question that has a right answer (auction it off to the highest bidders). What you see when a politician answers it, though, is how strong their personal authoritarian impulse is. How much control do they demand on its use? How much do they set aside for their personal pet projects? You know if you asked Whitehouse he’d say something like setting land aside for a solar farm, for instance.

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