Governor Gina Raimondo addressed Rhode Island lawmakers Tuesday evening with a "State of the State" speech. The address is an annual Statehouse tradition, which came as the legislature begins a new session and in the days before the governor is expected to release a budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in July.
The speech may hold some added significance this year, as the governor and state lawmakers seek re-election and grapple with a budget deficit for this year and next year projected at $260 million.
During her address, Raimondo is expected to emphasize initiatives she has championed, such as adding computer science in all schools and providing free tuition for community college students. She is also likely to tout economic improvements, including a decrease in joblessness and new companies moving to the state, while acknowledging that many Rhode Islanders continue to struggle.
The speech is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the House chambers and will be broadcast live on Rhode Island Public Radio.