Gubernatorial hopeful Raimondo says her overhaul of Rhode Island pensions shows key leadership

Aug 20, 2014 566

by Erika Niedowski

At first, Gina Raimondo thought solving Rhode Island's pension problem was just a matter of math: Billions of dollars of unfunded benefits were owed to the state's teachers, police officers, firefighters and others. But the newly elected general treasurer quickly learned back in 2011 that the fix was as much about politics as it was pure numbers.

The overhaul Raimondo crafted and helped push through the General Assembly is a key part of her pitch for why she deserves the Democratic nomination for governor. She faces Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and political newcomer Clay Pell in the Sept. 9 primary. The winner will face one of two Republicans: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung or businessman Ken Block.

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