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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m honored to serve as your State Representative.  I’d like to share some of the issues I’ve addressed on your behalf in the 2015 legislative session.

I take this job very seriously and continue to be responsive, thoughtful and deliberate.  I work for you, advocating on issues important to our district — improving our economy, supporting education, growing the arts and making our state a better place to live and work.

I hope you will take some time to review this information. Please contact me at 423-0444 or email me at rep-ruggiero@rilin.state.ri.us if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay well,

Deb

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Rep. Ruggiero with George Mendonsa, “The Kissing Sailor”

Rep. Ruggiero with George Mendonsa, “The Kissing Sailor”

Rep Ruggiero honored her constituent George Mendonsa of Middletown, “The Kissing Sailor”, at a ceremony at the State House.  He is the soldier in this iconic photo kissing a nurse in  Times Square on Aug 14, 1945 the day World War II ended.

 

Lisa Randall executive director of Jamestown Art Center accepts grant from Rep. Deb

Lisa Randall executive director of Jamestown Art Center accepts grant from Rep. Deb

Representative Deb Ruggiero knows how important it is to provide assistance to non-profit community organizations, particularly in these challenging fiscal times of budget cuts.

 

She secured thousands of dollars to assist local non-profits, including the Middletown Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown Community Farm, Middletown Senior Center, and Jamestown Senior Center.

 

As a Member of House Finance Committee, Rep. Ruggiero Supports Responsible State Budget

Rep. Ruggiero visits Middletown Senior Center

Rep. Ruggiero visits Middletown Senior Center

Rep. Ruggiero has direct input into the adoption of the Rhode Island state budget. As chair of the Finance Sub-Committee on Environment/Transportation she knows the importance of Narraganset Bay to the state’s marine industry and that safe roads and bridges are the underpinning of our economy. For every dollar spent on bridge preservation the state saves $3-4 in replacement costs.

Rep. Ruggiero sponsored the Short Term Training Child Care Program that is now law helping a single mother or father get access to child care over 3 months for job training.

“It’s a pathway to employment that helps working families in Rhode Island,” says Rep. Ruggiero. “In just four months 13 of the 15 people who completed the program had jobs in health care, hospitality, and in defense manufacturing.”

  • Voted to exempt Social Security from state taxes for retirees
  • Invest in K-12 schools with $35 million increase from last year
  • Fund all-day kindergarten across Rhode Island
  • Approve economic development tools to market tourism in Rhode Island
  • Overhaul Medicaid asking hospitals and nursing homes to provide value not volume
  • Eliminated sales tax businesses pay for electricity
  • Help working families by raising minimum wage and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Additional $330,000 in funding for Meals on Wheels for seniors

Ruggiero Co-Chairs Broadband Commission

Rep. Ruggiero with RIBTA engineer Eric Offenberg on the Pell Bridge. She sponsored the legislation to install a median barrier to make the bridge safer.

Rep. Ruggiero with RIBTA engineer Eric Offenberg on the Pell Bridge. She sponsored the legislation to install a median barrier to make the bridge safer.

Co-chaired by Rep. Ruggiero, this Commission analyzed current levels of broadband service state-wide for schools, hospitals, government and business including the digital divide in rural areas.

“Rhode Island needs a state-wide policy on Broadband for economic opportunities. Broadband is now a utility—much like water and electricity,” says Rep Ruggiero. “Access to high-speed broadband is essential whether you’re working remotely at home or in a large office.  We need to engender competition and innovation for faster, cheaper, and more reliable service.”


Rep. Ruggiero with Jennifer Barrera reviewing blueprint of Lucy’s Hearth new location on Valley Street in Middletown

Rep. Ruggiero with Jennifer Barrera reviewing blueprint of Lucy’s Hearth new location on Valley Street in Middletown

Deborah Ruggiero
State Representative
Jamestown/Middletown
rep-ruggiero@rilin.state.ri.us
401-423-0444

Please call me at 423-0444 or email me at rep-ruggiero@rilin.state.ri.us.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.”
– Emily Dickinson

 

For more information and further reading on other initiatives please visit my news page or review all of my current press releases posted on my official page on the General Assembly Website.



Rep. Deborah Ruggiero named 2012 LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR by the RI Nurses Association

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