Raimondo blasts Fung, says he doesn’t prioritize school improvements

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo spent part of her day pushing the school improvement bond while deftly working in some jabs at her gubernatorial opponent Allan Fung. Question 1 on the ballot, if approved by voters, would put $1 billion into improving and updating schools all across the state. Something the governor says Fung has missed in Cranston.

Governor Raimondo says Mayor Fung is letting schools in Cranston crumble. She’s pushing voters to approve $250 million in state bond money for school construction projects. Mayor Fung says he supports that but wants to make sure all schools in the state will benefit.

Standing on a sidewalk across the street from Cranston East, Governor Raimondo blasted Mayor Fung for ignoring schools in Cranston.

“Why haven’t you supported teachers and students and parents and invested in rebuilding these schools and why haven’t you supported this bond,” Governor Gina Raimondo questions.

She’s pushing question 1 on the ballot in November. She refers to it as a once in a lifetime investment in Rhode Island schools, which are clearly in urgent need of upgrades. She’s using Cranston East as an example, pointing to emergency closures in January after a pipe burst.

“Pipes froze, when the pipes thawed urinals actually came off the wall, I don’t know why the mayor didn’t remember that, maybe he didn’t care but I was shocked by it,” says Governor Raimondo.

The COO of Cranston schools tells ABC 6 News the governor is exaggerating just a bit. A water line did freeze and burst, which flooded the bathrooms but no toilets exploded or came off the walls.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Joe Trillo is a supporter of the multi–million dollar bond but he’s quick to point out Fung and Raimondo are not capable of getting the job done correctly.

“Don’t just throw out $250 million we need to spend, for me you need to show me where that $250 million is going to go,” says Trillo.

A spokesperson for Mayor Fung says he also supports the school bond but has concerns about how the money would be split up with all 39 cities and towns in the state.

© WLNE/ABC 6 2018