We know that one of the most important issues facing this state comes down to one word jobs, said Mollis. The future of our state depends on developing an economic environment where we are able to retain the amazing talent that is coming out of our fine colleges and universities. These young people are our greatest assets, and we need to make sure that they have careers right here in Rhode Island.
Mollis stated that as Lt. Governor he would use his years of experience in both public service, and his 13 years in the private sector to address areas, policies, and programs that will close the skills gap and create a successful business environment. The focus of his office will be on accomplishing an agenda for improving the states business climate and putting Rhode Island on a path towards developing a 21st century workforce.
We need to improve the business climate in this state, and we need to develop our workforce by preparing our children to succeed in the careers that are available to them right here in Rhode Island, said Mollis. We have to close the skills gap by standing up for policies to improve science and and technical education, so that we are setting the stage for our kids to succeed in the jobs we are growing, whether they are at Electric Boat in Quonset or a biotech company in downtown Providence.
Mollis announced that he would create and chair the Lt. Governors Workforce Development Task Force. The Task Force would function as an effective cabinet within the Lt. Governors office and would be comprised of leaders from the trade, small business, big business, local banks, higher education, elementary/secondary education and philanthropic institutions. The Task Force would bring its broad array of skills together for the task of developing policies and legislation aimed at growing the economy and developing a strategy that ensures we are preparing our young people for the careers that are available to them in the 21st century economy.
We can make RI a more business friendly state by listening to our small businesses, and the people who are out there on the ground trying to make it work in the private sector every single day, said Mollis. We need to look at removing the barriers to success. We need to eliminate the minimum corporate tax, look at reducing our sales tax and reform our tax code to make us a more attractive place to do business and raise a family.
Additionally, apart from advocating for economic development, Mollis pledged that his office would excel in customer service and be a bridge between Rhode Islanders and their government. He stated his intention to reassign the personnel in the office so that he would have a high level, well trained staff, focused on helping Rhode Islanders access their government and cut through red tape in dealing with the various state departments.
We need to be focused on helping veterans get information and access to the many programs that our state has available to help them when they return from serving our nation, said Mollis. We need to be responsive to our seniors who need access to the various programs offered by the various state departments that offer programs which are important to them. My office will always be here to help anyone in need of answers to questions, or in need of assistance in cutting through the red tape to get the answers they need.
Finally, Mollis announced support for having the Lt. Governor and Governor running on the same ticket. Twenty-five other states have the Governor and Lt. Governor elected on the same ticket, with some having the Lt. Governor serving in a cabinet position.
This is the best way for this office to function and be most effective for Rhode Islanders. I will promote and support giving the people of Rhode Island the opportunity to decide whether or not they want to have the Governor and Lt. Governor elected as a team, so that they can truly govern together, he stated.
Mollis has had a successful career in public service. He was a popular Mayor of North Providence, during which time the towns school system received national recognition, and his administration was recognized for improving the towns finances and infrastructure. Following his tenure as Mayor, Mollis has served as Secretary of State for the last 7 years. During his time at the State House, Mollis has been a champion for small businesses, advocated for election reform and made government more transparent, open and accessible.
I am an everyday Rhode Islander. I was born here, raised here and have raised my family here. My hope is that our children, as well as my three young grand children, will have the same opportunities as we did, and be able to build their careers and their lives right here at home. That is why I want to be the Lt. Governor to work and move our state forward, he stated. I know what Rhode Island families are facing during these tough economic times, because I share these same challenges. I understand what its like to offer a helping hand to your adult children whenever possible so they may succeed here in Rhode Island, while also assisting your parents. I know what seniors are facing because my own mothers lives on a fixed income while fighting an illness. I get it. I look forward and am ready to continue working for you.