- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will lay out a state spending plan in her second State of the State address to members of the General Assembly.

Raimondo’s speech is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Statehouse.

She is expected to highlight several budget priorities, including a plan to install new highway tolls on big trucks to finance bridge repairs.

In recent days, the Democratic governor has also said she would like to raise the hourly minimum wage to $10.10 from $9.60 and pay for every Rhode Island public high school students to take the SAT and PSAT for free.

She plans to ask lawmakers to work with her on job creation while also tackling the state’s ongoing opioid abuse crisis.


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