"And they represented to us that it was in much better shape than in fact it was: defective functionality, incomplete interfaces, engines that still aren’t working.". Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people have died because of this,” said Alvarez. Raimondo should have told Deloitte not to do it. Four years after Bloomberg was Mayor, Bloomberg not sorry. Rhode Island Auditor General Dennis Hoyle said that the state had "unrealistic expectations" regarding the rollout of UHIP - and that project costs to develop the integrated eligibility system known as UHIP/RIBridges and HealthSource RI totaled $407.3 million at April 30, 2017. The House trimmed back Raimondo’s initial plan and shifted the structure of financing minimizing the Wall Street boondoggle. UGLY: Raimondo and Sackler Money Became a National Embarrassment PART I. 104,958 were Black (56 percent). 169,252 were innocent (88 percent). BY HANSI LO WANG. [Biden to pick Rhode Island Gov. When the plant was proposed, she strongly endorsed the project. FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, Rhode Island Gov. This is just the beginning. 52,887 were white (12 percent). "Today marks the start of something transformational, not just for this land, but for our state and its economy. "Let me say this, I as governor am deeply in touch with how much increasing bills affect the average American family. Daniel McKee to the governorship. GoLocal had written more than twenty stories related to the link between Raimondo and the Sackler family. 'However today, I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong. One of the few times Raimondo demonstrated transparency — Raimondo and her husband released their tax returns annually. 5,467 were white (12 percent). 83,499 were aged 14-24 (55 percent). Days later, Raimondo was en route to headline the Deloitte-sanctioned event. According to the lawsuit filed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Sackers were directly involved in the Purdue Pharma marketing strategy — a strategy that more than 1,600 lawsuits across the country allege was fraudulent and has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths. At the height of stop-and-frisk in 2011 under the Mayor Michael Bloomberg administration, over 685,000 people were stopped. By ensuring that patients are aware of the risks of opioid addiction and increasing the penalties for trafficking fentanyl, we are steps closer to winning this fight,” said Raimondo. "She had already committed to be at the event, and was able to have a private conversation with the CEO of Deloitte Consulting, who committed to being in regular communication with the Governor.". 1,074 were white (10 percent). Between federal and state investments in moving I-195, roughly a billion dollars has been spent over nearly 20 years. “The campaign’s rocky start marks a public setback for Governor Gina Raimondo, a Democrat and former venture capitalist who has basked in waves of positive press since taking office in early 2015,” wrote Jon Chesto for The Boston Globe. Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Rhode Island have spiked in the past year, and I commend the General Assembly for passing legislation that specifically targets this problem. 7,645 were innocent (70 percent). The initial toll plan proposed by the Raimondo administration was government funding as its worse. In 2014, 45,787 NYPD stops were recorded. 474,387 were innocent (88 percent). His record as an elected official has an overriding stench of racism. Solving this challenge demands a tailored and sequenced series of actions starting in junior high school that is sustained throughout high school and college. As GoLocal reported in April of 2017, "In Rhode Island, ten babies all under 18-months old, have died in the past 26 months, and at a recent State House hearing, it was disclosed by the state’s Child Advocate that two new 'near deaths' are now under investigation.". In the U.S., RI has the 4th highest death rate and number of cases per 100,000 residents. The process was not perfect, but it was without a major tech failure and the outcome is an improved customer experience. She constantly sent mixed messages -- open for Halloween and allowing people to shop on Black Friday before going into a shutdown. In March of 2019, Governor Gina Raimondo announced that she was donating the $12,500 that she had received in campaign contributions from Jonathan Sackler and his wife Mary Corson — Sackler had been named in lawsuits for his direct involvement in the opioid crisis in America. UGLY: Raimondo's Ownership in Point Judith Capitol While RI Had an Investment in the Firm. A federal court had to intervene and assign a special master to ensure that low-income Rhode Islanders get their food stamps. 147,862 were Latinx (29 percent). After Neuman’s wife was hired, only then did he seek an advisory opinion from the Rhode Island Ethics Commission on how to handle a potential conflict moving forward, but the letter seeking the advisory opinion did not speak to Neuman’s involvement in legislation during his wife’s hiring process. Bloomberg not sorry. 247,691 were aged 14-24 (50 percent). What could go wrong?” quipped Katharine Seeyle for The New York Times in the post-mortem a week later. Jonathan Ernst / Bloomberg via Getty Images President Biden's nominee for overseeing the U.S. Census Bureau, Rhode Island Gov. Six years after Bloomberg was Mayor, he announces his run for the presidency, and he is sorry. It was a state, national, and global embarrassment. 189,854 were aged 14-24 (51 percent). “In just the last year, we've had the highest unemployment rate in the country for nine straight months. 115,088 were Latinx (32 percent). Then, she took campaign donations from top officials with the company and their agents. "For too long, the I-195 land was nothing but dirt," Raimondo said at the Wexford groundbreaking. 295,902 were aged 14-24 (49 percent). January 26, 2021. “I think, in the last few months, that has changed.” UGLY: Blocking Release of 38 Studios Documents. 61,805 were white (9 percent). “I believe that we need to take the politics out of the census, and we need to … 278,933 were innocent (89 percent). Bloomberg not sorry. It’s the same thing — it’s probably worse, because they have sugar coated it,” said Alvarez. In 2004, 313,523 NYPD stops were recorded. “Americans are not stupid. Every year was a budget fiasco and she leaves office with Rhode Island facing an estimated $500 million deficit. Under Governor Gina Raimondo, the agency in charge of building Rhode Island’s economy has spent 65 percent of its contract dollars with out-of-state companies over two years. Documents unveiled show the family who owns the company had direct involvement with the sales strategy that led to the national health crisis and helped build their massive fortune. 12,489 were Latinx (27 percent). "Deloitte is not paying for any of the travel," said Raimondo spokesperson David Ortiz. 53,500 were white (11 percent). According to November polling, nearly 70% of respondents oppose President-elect Biden appointing Raimondo to any cabinet position. She then faced an opponent whose primary political focus had been fighting Invenergy. 80,176 were innocent (82 percent). 275,588 were Black (53 percent). A $5 million marketing campaign was set. President Biden's nominee for overseeing the Census Bureau, Rhode Island Gov. 180,055 were Latinx (32 percent). Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., sent a letter to Gov. Governor Gina Raimondo signed several pieces of legislation strengthening Rhode Island’s response to the opioid crisis. Governor Gina Raimondo's decision to endorse former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems misguided at best. First I, too, want to congratulate Governor Raimondo on being nominated to be Secretary of Commerce. The vaccination program is ranked as one of the worst in America (46th). During her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill this week, Biden Commerce Secretary nominee Gina Raimondo admitted Democrats will have to raise taxes on all Americans, including the middle and lower CCPA - Do not sell my personal information. Then she said she regretted "putting her thumb on the scale" of the process. <span class="fr-marker" data-id="0" data-type="true" style="display: none; line-height: 0;"></span><span class="fr-marker" data-id="0" data-type="false" style="display: none; line-height: 0;"></span> Last week Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg told Keystone XL Pipeline workers, who President Biden promptly sent to the unemployment line upon arriving in the Oval Office, to "find another job. I think Gov. The disclosure was made during a House Finance sub-committee meeting in which most of the subcommittee's members were missing for the majority of the meeting. "First, BUILD THE SKILLS our students and workers need to compete in the 21st century; Second, ATTRACT entrepreneurs and investment in industries of our strengths, to stimulate our economy and create jobs; And third, INNOVATE, including in our state government, to enhance accountability and deliver value to taxpayers.”. Sackler and his family own Purdue Pharma the manufacturer Oxycodone. ... AP Rhode Island Gov. But in 2017, the budget shortfall (as of September 2017) was more than $230 million. When the ranking came out, Governor Gina Raimondo was not in Rhode Island — she was at a tech conference in Idaho — and she Raimondo refused to answer press questions on RI’s last-place ranking in CNBC’s "Best States to Do Business" for 2019. Rhode Island scored the highest infection rate in the world. By the end, the cost of UHIP was more than $700 million. In 2015, the appointment of the former aide to former Governors Don Carcieri and Lincoln Chafee, Jamie McDonald, to head DCYF when she did not have the minimum qualifications turned out to be a BAD decision that led to UGLY outcomes. 'I can’t change history,' Bloomberg told the congregation. They’re going to stand up to these politicians, and they’re going to do their own research. At her Jan. 26 confirmation hearing, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo vowed to protect U.S. telecommunications networks from Chinese companies, but … CNBC annually ranks states for being best for business. In 2012, 532,911 NYPD stops were recorded. Artist Domenic Esposito and Stamford Gallery owner Fernando Luis Alvarez appeared on  GoLocalProv News Editor Kate Nagle on GoLocal LIVE, to talk about their efforts to bring attention to the role that Purdue has played — as well as elected officials in taking contributions from top drug makers  — in the hundreds of thousands of deaths in America tied to the drugs. UGLY: Raimondo Gives $3.6 M to Los Angeles “Slum Lord”. 17,623 were white (12 percent). “After Rhode Island’s epic screw-up, a five-step guide to doing better.”. Bloomberg not sorry. Gina Raimondo speaks to the media after a private meeting to discuss issues of regional importance with Connecticut Gov. 140,442 were innocent (87 percent). "I would look to balance those interests.". 9,394 were innocent (76 percent). “Everything, it turns out.”, “The anatomy of a disastrous state branding campaign,” wrote Aarian Marshall for City Lab for The Atlantic Cities. Raimondo, a term-limited Democrat, is Biden's pick for commerce secretary while Walsh, a Democrat up for reelection … This complex will become the epicenter of Rhode Island's resurgence, creating jobs at every rung of the ladder, from janitors to Ph.D. computer scientists. Rhode Island has the 47th ranked roads and bridges and the final truck toll plan minimized the influence and costs of the program. Raimondo deserves credit for bringing attention to the issue of the high cost of college education. In 2007, 472,096 NYPD stops were recorded. Despite Rhode Island leaders questioning the decision, the Raimondo administration pushed forward. Then, Raimondo said she would leave it to the State's Siting Council to determine the project's fate. 2,567 were white (11 percent). By December, Rhode Island became the poster child for failed policies. Raimondo has overseen the greatest financial failure, staffing failure, and human failure for Rhode Islanders -- ever. GoLocal continued to press for all of the State Police records. She said, “At the same time, our government has become larger ... but less effective. “He was not beloved during his time in the governor’s office but today Rhode Islanders remember him fondly for his commitment to ethical government, his economic development efforts and for his fair handling of the credit union debacle.”. 165,140 were Latinx (32 percent). In 2016, 12,404 NYPD stops were recorded. Stop and frisk exploded not under New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani -- but under Bloomberg. '", DATA: NYACLU Data: NY Police Department Annual Reports. 89,937 were Latinx (32 percent). Raimondo repeatedly claimed that they could not be released because they were tied to the Grand Jury. In 2017, 11,629 NYPD stops were recorded. FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Rhode Island Gov. ", Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg defends Biden's elimination of Keystone pipeline jobs, saying those workers need to get “different ones”pic.twitter.com/T56f7aKp8D. “Gina Raimondo’s ethics issues and soft stance on China including her refusal to commit to keep Huawei on the Entities List is deeply troubling,” he wrote on Twitter. 223,740 were Latinx (34 percent). 315,083 were Black (54 percent). 341,581 were aged 14-24 (51 percent). While working for Governor Raimondo, Chief-of Staff Brett Smiley owned a political consulting business that represents clients including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and he hired his consulting firm’s former staffers to work in the Governor’s office. On January 6th of 2015, Gina Raimondo took the oath of office to serve as Governor — RI’s first woman governor and the first Democrat to serve as chief executive in 20 years. In an interview with GoLocal, Raimondo continued to refuse to answer questions about the leases between Wexford and Brown University, Cambridge Innovation Center, and Johnson & Johnson, citing that they are private -- and unconcerned as to whether Rhode Islanders should know where their $40 million is going to. The monies go to the private developer Wexford and in two years, Johnson & Johnson will leave to move into another Wexford space — which is receiving $40 million in incentives. Gina Raimondo’s resignation will propel Lt. Gov. An analysis by the NY ACLU revealed that "innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 5 million times since 2002, and that Black and Latinx communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics. “Have they become so cynical and weak to the point where some Americans have become complacent to this?”, “The time has come…Americans are not going to put up with this anymore. U.S. Sens. Havas has been paid nearly as much as all Rhode Island contracts combined during the past two years. Bloomberg not sorry. UGLY: Perception of Staff Self-Dealing - Neuman and DraftKings. 40,713 were white (11 percent). 457,163 were innocent (90 percent). Gina Raimondo, President Joe Biden's nomination to serve as Commerce secretary, moved to the full Senate on a 21-3 vote. 6,498 were Black (52 percent). Whether it was Governor Raimondo's distraction of seeking a federal appointment or an inability to adjust, Raimondo allowed the coronavirus to explode in the fall and winter. Five years after Bloomberg was Mayor, Bloomberg not sorry. The architect of Raimondo’s truck toll infrastructure plan is the same firm that the State of Rhode Island litigated against, for its role in the state’s loss of over $100 million in the 38 Studios collapse. gives inside view on justice system. 6,598 were Latinx (29 percent). That simply was not true and a few months later many of those documents were released, but not all. 57,650 were white (11 percent). A GoLocal investigation uncovered that the Raimondo administration will waste $1 million for incentives building out space for Johnson & Johnson. 3,389 were Latinx (31 percent). 168,475 were Latinx (32 percent). In 2020, Sackler died and many of the lawsuits were settled. Raimondo has pounded a constant beat to encourage girls and young women to focus on education and careers in technology. “Gina Raimondo won elections, but she hadn’t won the hearts and minds of people in the state,” Devine said. I cannot imagine entrusting any (public) money to him.”. During her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill this week, Biden Commerce Secretary nominee Gina Raimondo admitted Democrats will have to raise taxes on all Americans, including the middle and lower class, in order to pay for President Biden's "climate" agenda. Like Governor Raimondo, he was not afraid to make unpopular decisions and was always ready to defend his position, “ said Cromwell. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted 21-3 to approve Democratic Rhode Island Gov. In 2006, 506,491 NYPD stops were recorded. The long recovery from the Great Recession appeared over. “Do not fall for her. 310,611 were Black (55 percent). 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