Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today convened members of his Cabinet and staff for a day-long retreat to look back over the past nine months and discuss the Governor’s legislative and policy agenda and priorities.
“As we approach the special legislative session on pensions and next year’s General Assembly session, it is helpful to bring the Cabinet together to talk about how we can best work collaboratively to move Rhode Island forward,” Governor Chafee said. “I am fortunate to have an outstanding group of talented individuals directing state departments and agencies. Their involvement and leadership will be important in the upcoming legislative session, just as it was this past year.”
The day included sessions devoted to: a review of the Governor’s time in office thus far; department management; performance management; the budget process; legislative review; and the economic outlook for Rhode Island. The Governor also provided the Cabinet with an overview of his policy agenda and priorities.
During this year’s General Assembly session, 61 bills were introduced on behalf of state departments or agencies. Of those, 32 (52.5 percent) became law, and only 17 (27.9 percent) did not pass either the House or the Senate.
The retreat was held at the Whispering Pines Conference Center at the W. Alton Jones Campus of the University of Rhode Island.