Raimondo touts achievements in first 1,000 days as governor, while Bell says it's a farce

Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, celebrated her first 1,000 days in office touring the state, branding the event #1000DaysofProgress. (WJAR)

Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday celebrated her first 1,000 days in office touring the state, branding the event #1000DaysofProgress.

She discussed job growth in the state and work done at the airport, among other topics.

But Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell said it was nothing more than a campaign blitz.

"I've never seen a governor celebrate herself like Gina Raimondo," Bell said.

Bell said Raimondo is not transparent enough and has hurt the economy.

"We have a $237 million structural deficit," he said. "We're not fixing the problems. We're not fixing the structural problems."

Rhode Island's latest reported unemployment rate is 4.3 percent, which is below the national average.

"We're all about investing in our people, helping people get skills they need," Raimondo said. "I'm not going to rest until every single Rhode Islander has a job they feel good about that helps them pay the bills."

Raimondo went on to discuss the 18 companies brought to the state in the last year and a half, such as General Electric and Johnson & Johnson, while Bell highlighted the botched UHIP launch and incidents at the Rhode Island Training School.

"Fix the schools, fix our problem tax system and overregulation," Bell said.

Yet, Raimondo said she is focusing on the work, not a campaign.

"Is there work left to do? Absolutely there is work left to do," Raimondo said. "But there's also a lot going right. We have to build what's going right and fix whats being fixed."

The next gubernatorial election is in 2018.

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