Providence Mayor Angel Taveras used his final State of the City address to say Rhode Island’s capital is in better condition than when he took office in 2011. Taveras is part of a three-way Democratic field for governor.
Taveras says a small surplus has replaced the 110 million dollar deficit he inherited upon taking office. He says his administration has bolstered startups, improved graduation rates, and cut the waiting term for permits from City Hall. Taveras called that a decided improvement after he inherited a city facing possible bankruptcy.
"We chose the path toward a brighter future. It was up to us and we did what we needed to do to move our city forward, and today I can say that because of us, Providence is better off than we were not long ago," said Taveras.
He added that Providence’s violent crime rate remains among the lowest it has been in decades. He defended his attempts to reduce the city’s underfunded pension by calling that a problem that will take years to fix. Taveras will square off in a September primary with Clay Pell and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
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