The Rhode Island Promise proposal, she explained, “is all about making sure Rhode Islanders are getting all the good jobs that businesses are creating. I believe we here have a collective responsibility, an obligation, to make sure those jobs go to the people of Rhode Island. The only way that is going to happen is if the people of Rhode Island have the training and education that is required to get these good jobs.”
She said a similar program in Tennessee led to an 80 percent increase in college graduation rates.
“This proposal isn’t about giving something away for free,” Raimondo told the committee. “It’s about guaranteeing every Rhode Islander access to a good education, job training, and opportunity they deserve.”