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The State Planning Council approved the controversial RhodeMap RI economic plan. The plan
focuses on housing development in local communities. It calls for social equality as a key component to economic development. Part of the plan looks at eliminating existing zoning ordinances to allow for more housing opportunities in all communities.
Council members said incoming Governor Raimondo and the General Assembly are not bound to anything and that the plan is merely a guide developed after a lot of public input.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello released the following statement after RhodeMap RI was approved: "With the amount of controversy involved and opposition expressed, I am disappointed that RhodeMap RI was approved. If this plan intends to set the direction for our state, it really needs the support of Rhode Islanders. It would have been more appropriate to hold off a vote until after the new governor takes office next month."
Mattiello continued: "RhodeMap RI has diverted attention away from the goal of improving our state's economy. It has no binding effect in law. I prefer to focus my attention on making sure that Rhode Island develops a stronger, better and more vibrant economy that creates new jobs. This plan goes far beyond the scope of economic development strategy. I will continue to work with my members, the Senate president and the governor-elect to more specifically develop policies, strategies and legislation that improve our economy and promote jobs."
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo released this statement after the approval: "Rhode Island is in a jobs crisis. Rhode Map is one of many tools Governor-elect Raimondo could turn to when developing an economic development strategy for the state."