Stage set for McKee’s 1st elected State of the State address

This is a photo of the the Rhode Island House Chambers where Gov. Dan McKee will deliver his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The stage is set for Gov. Dan McKee’s State of the State address for Tuesday night.

This will be McKee’s first elected State of the State address since winning his first full term back in November.

As for what McKee will address Tuesday night — it will likely be more of what he said along the campaign trail over the past year, such as building the Rhode Island offshore economy and boosting small businesses and education, which the governor has received heavy criticism after poor RICAS scores were released in November.

Also important to note is that if McKee addresses the housing problems in the state, this comes as Rhode Island deals with a growing issue of homeless, and the resignation of Housing Secretary Josh Saal, which was another sour mark on the housing crisis Rhode Island is facing.

McKee has received criticism from many who are calling him to invest more in housing for the homeless.

Saal resigned just one year after being appointed to the position.

The governor is required to submit a proposed budget sometime this month for the upcoming 2024 fiscal year starting in July.

McKee’s State of the State speech will air on ABC 6 News and stream online at 7 p.m.

 

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