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Clay Pell Unveils Economic Plan if Elected RI Governor

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com 

It was the first time Democrat Clay Pell has faced reporters as a group, since his campaign kick off three months ago.

This time it was to outline his economic plan.

It focuses heavily on education, and would give every high school student in Rhode Island a professional internship.

He says he can do that without raising taxes.

"These are absolutely supportable within an 8–point–five billion dollar budget. This is a question of priorities. This is a question of leadership... None of the proposals in this policy requires raising taxes," Pell said.

His economic event was held at Shape Up RI, a local software exercise and wellness business that got state aid, and is now doing business in over 100 countries, with 100 high tech employees.

"We've benefited a lot from resources that were available to us. Those resources are in really limited supply and we need to make those resources available to more entrepreneurs at an earlier stage," said Rajiv Kumar, M.D., CEO of Shape Up RI.

Shape Up is not yet endorsing Pell, but could later on.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "One place where Clay Pell may be somewhat different from the other candidates is his greater emphasis on developing the states marine economy."

While coastal tourism is important, Pell wants more water based industry.

"We have to invest in a number of areas where Rhode Island really is unusual, where Rhode Island really is apart. That means investing in, as you pointed out, the marine trades," Pell said.

Pell - who has not been seen a lot since his campaign kickoff - promises more press briefings soon.


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