Gov. Gina Raimondo vetoes indefinite contract bill
Jul. 20, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The governor of Rhode Island has vetoed a bill that would have indefinitely extended municipal worker and teacher contracts, even after they expired.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2ue5UUI ) that Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the union-backed bill would have hurt the public by permanently locking them into contractual provisions they may not be able to afford.
Raimondo allowed a disability pension bill to become law without signing it, saying it simply codified the current state practice of considering an illness sustained while on the job as an on-the-job accident.
Raimondo vetoed another bill concerning charter schools, saying she would not sign a bill that classifies a charter elementary school as two schools if it serves students up to eighth-grade.