Speeches

RI Promise Scholarship Initiative - March 15, 2017

Thank you Chairman Abney and members of the community. Thank you for partnership and collaboration. Working together, we’ve been able to get a lot done for Rhode Islanders. We’ve put Rhode Island on stronger ground, so much so that last week we announced unemployment rate was below national average. That’s a clear signal which shows the good that can happen when we work collaboratively together. Just as we’ve worked together to create thousands of jobs, I believe we have a collective responsibility to make sure that Rhode Islanders are getting the good jobs that our businesses are creating. Read Full Speech »

State of the State Address - January 17, 2017

Good evening, Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Paiva Weed, and Members of the General Assembly; Our distinguished guests: our mayors and municipal leaders, our judiciary, our college presidents, members of my Cabinet: We come together this evening to continue a longstanding tradition. A tradition that puts a spotlight on the incredible and remarkable responsibility that we have as stewards of our state. Read Full Speech »

Budget Address – Feburary 2, 2016

Good evening, Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Paiva Weed, Members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, my husband Andy, and my fellow Rhode Islanders: We gather this evening for an annual address that is as much about honoring a tradition of cooperation between the legislature and the governor as it is about setting priorities and crafting a state budget. Read Full Speech »

Budget Signing - June 30, 2015

Good afternoon! It’s a pleasure to be with you to sign the 2016 budget – our first one together. I’m so grateful for the hard work of Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Paiva Weed, and members of the Finance Committees and General Assembly that led us here today. Read Full Speech »

Budget Address – March 12, 2015

Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Paiva Weed, Members of the General Assembly, the Judiciary, the Cabinet, City and Town Leaders, and my fellow Rhode Islanders. Good Evening. It is an honor to stand before you to address how we can work together to expand opportunities for all Rhode Islanders and create jobs. Read Full Speech »

Inaugural Address – January 6, 2015

My fellow Rhode Islanders, it is a great honor to address you today. I am humbled by the challenges before us, mindful of the many Rhode Island families struggling with some of the toughest economic conditions that we've ever faced, and deeply grateful that you've put your trust in me. Read Full Speech »