General Treasurer Gina Raimondo officially kicked off her campaign for Governor of Rhode Island on Monday morning.
The General Treasurer made the announcement at 10 a.m. at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. "My vision for a better Rhode Island starts with a simple idea – we are all in this together," said Raimondo. "We need a collective moment where we commit ourselves to long-term solutions."
Raimondo said as Governor she would establish the Rhode Island Innovation Institute which would bring government, universities, and the private sector together to work to turn innovation into business.
She said she also plans to encourage Rhode Island's public institutions such as the Community College of Rhode Island, to establish curriculums for students based on the skills local businesses need.
Helping students manage the cost of education was also a part of her plan. She hopes to make college more affordable to students by offering student loan forgiveness to students who graduated from one of Rhode Island's public colleges or universities if they work or start a new business in Rhode Island after graduation.
Another priority for Raimondo would be investing in local infrastructure.
"Investing in our infrastructure is one of the fastest ways we can put people to work and improve our quality of life," said Raimondo. She plans to do this by using a "green" bank to fund green infrastructure and clean energy projects.
Raimondo said when it comes to the economy it is important to make sure no one is left out and that the state should consider using social impact bonds to fund innovative approached to social problems.
Shortly before Christmas, Raimondo released a video announcement with her intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor.
She will face off in a primary against Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.