By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, RI – State treasurer Gina Raimondo said passage of the pension reform bill is proof that government can work when people focus more on problem solving than politics.
Raimondo's comments were made in New York, as she received the Manhattan Institute's "Urban Innovator" award. Previous honorees include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Washington D.C. Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee.
Raimondo said passage of the pension reform bill was the result of a transparent process, leadership, citizen input and a refusal to point fingers.
"This was about not so much what government owed the people of Rhode Island but about what we owed one another," said Raimondo. "And we decided we owed one another a bright future."
Raimondo received the award on her first anniversary as Rhode Island's general treasurer.
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