Raimondo Unveils State Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Mar 18, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo unveiled a plan Monday to improve the state’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.  Raimondo touts her proposal as a way to bolster Rhode Island’s lackluster economy.

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Raimondo toured an outdated bridge on the East Providence-Seekonk line to dramatize her call for improving Rhode Island’s infrastructure. Raimondo says putting more money into overhauling roads, bridges and school buildings will improve the state while also sparking its economy.

"We can’t have schools that are falling apart, roads that are falling apart, bridges that are falling apart, and we can’t the highest unemployment rate in the country. So we have to invest. The important thing is that we do it in a way that’s long-term, creative and strategic, so we can save money in the process," said Raimondo.

Raimondo’s plan includes creating a funding formula meant to keep roads and bridges from getting worn down. She says her ideas would be funded by reallocating existing tax dollars, while also tapping private sources.

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