Raimondo's Roundup
July 24, 2015
Good afternoon,

A healthy economy starts with healthy families.


This week we built on the momentum of our work to reinvent Medicaid and committed ourselves to improving the cost and value of our entire healthcare system.


The Healthcare Working Group will tackle ways to

shift incentives across our system to reward better, more coordinated care and make our communities healthier. Together, we can build a healthier Rhode Island and we can do it by recognizing that often many of our health decisions happen outside the doctor's office.  


This week, I also convened the state's Children's Cabinet for the first time since 2007 to set a vision to improve the health and well-being of Rhode Island's kids. The group's priority is to strengthen and grow opportunities for children and their families.


All kids deserve the chance to make it in Rhode Island. As a parent, I am focused on giving my kids every opportunity to succeed. We must provide every Rhode Island kid with that same opportunity.  


When we invest in our kids, we're investing in our future, workforce and economy. Working together, across government and with the community, we can set our families and our state on a path for a healthy, stable future.


Best wishes,



Governor Bay Day Sunday, Free Beach Parking 



Please join in on the fun this Sunday, July 26 to celebrate Governor's Bay Day. The day includes family-friendly activities, and free parking at all Rhode Island state beaches, as well as fishing in Rhode Island salt waters without a saltwater fishing license. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will also waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County Beaches on Route 66 (URI/Galilee).  


"Celebrating Governor's Bay Day is a chance for all Rhode Islanders to enjoy our great beaches and parks," said Raimondo. "We are so lucky to live in a state where some of the best fishing, hiking and boating are in our backyard. I am hopeful many people can take advantage of this time and relax with family and friends."


Share how you are enjoying Governor's Bay Day by using the hashtag #GovBayDay on social media.

Moving to Put People to Work, Protect Environment

Many Rhode Island homes have outdated underground wastewater systems. These systems, often cesspools, are inefficient and ineffective and contribute to public health and environmental hazards. Raimondo signed legislation this week that calls for replacing outdated systems at the point of sale to improve neighborhoods and local infrastructure.  


"This legislation not only protects our environment, but gets Rhode Islanders in the building trades back to work updating and modernizing our wastewater treatment systems," said Raimondo. "By setting us on a path to remove cesspools from yards and other property across the state, we will be taking important steps towards improving the water quality of Narragansett Bay, our beaches, and our drinking water."

In This Issue

Governor Raimondo addresses Dept. of Health staff about the importance of public health in Rhode Island's comeback.

Governor Raimondo marks the beginning of work on Dexter St. construction project on the Pawtucket/Central Falls border.
Governor Raimondo and Mayor Elorza enjoyed Providence Restaurant Week at Parkside Rotisserie & Bar.