Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is delivering her annual State of the State speech to lawmakers Tuesday, planning to highlight the progress Rhode Island has made in recent years and outline her long-term vision.
The Democratic governor is scheduled to address a joint session of the General Assembly at 7 p.m.
In speech excerpts released Tuesday, Raimondo says she is optimistic about the future because of how the economy has rebounded from the recession and how the state changed its approach to job training to prepare thousands of residents for good careers.
She calls for addressing climate change “with urgency” and making large changes to set public education on a better path.
Raimondo has said she will continue to focus this legislative session on economic development, job training and education because they are interconnected.
Raimondo plans to try again to persuade the General Assembly to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and ban guns in schools, changes she views as essential for public safety. She wants to raise the state’s minimum wage and fund more affordable housing. She supports legalizing recreational marijuana to regulate it.
She will submit her budget proposal for the new fiscal year to the General Assembly on Thursday.
The address will be shown live on Capitol TV and streamed online. In addition to House and Senate members, the state’s other general officers, judges, leaders of various state agencies and municipal officials traditionally attend.
House Minority Leader Blake Filippi is scheduled to deliver the Republican response.
In last year’s address, Raimondo highlighted the state’s improving economy and employment picture as she made the case for continued investments in job training, economic development incentives and education.