Unveiling a new State Plan on Alzheimer's
More than 23K Rhode Islanders are living with Alzheimer’s. It is time for our state to recommit to tackling this public health crisis together.

We unveiled an update to Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders featuring a new, bold set of recommendations for improving supports and services for Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

I was overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up at our launch event to support a cause that is near and dear to many of our hearts, including mine. Thank you to the Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation for their partnership.

Representative Mia Ackerman and Senator Cynthia Coyne are sponsoring Resolutions in the House and Senate to adopt the plan as Rhode Island's blueprint for addressing Alzheimer's.
Launching the 2019 Lieutenant Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge
We are sending a clear message to young entrepreneurs in Rhode Island: We want and need your talent here in our state.

I kicked off the 2nd annual Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge, Rhode Island’s only business pitch competition that gives high school students the chance to complete for $10K in scholarships.

The Credit Unions of Rhode Island sponsor our scholarships and Millennial Rhode Island supports the Challenge as our program partner.

Students can apply online by April 11th to participate in the 2019 Challenge.
Fighting for improved utility emergency response
Extended power outages are a public safety issue and an economic issue that we cannot ignore any longer.

At a hearing before the House Committee on Corporations, our Utility Emergency Response Bill (H-5327) received broad support from small business groups, public safety organizations, professional associations and 15 cities and towns.

The Utility Emergency Response Bill is modeled after a successful MA law which allowed MA to collect over $25 million in fines from utility companies for insufficient emergency response. National Grid tried and failed to erode MA's ability to fine the company for substandard emergency response through legal maneuvering. Now, they are trying the same trick in Rhode Island by lobbying against the ratepayers and against the Utility Emergency Response Bill.