By Patrick Anderson
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee postponed a November trade mission to Israel in order to stay in Rhode Island while the General Assembly debates a proposed pension reform bill, the governorâ€™s office said Wednesday.
The trip will be rescheduled for a time in the â€śnear future,â€ť Chafee said in a news release.
The postponement came as the House and Senate finance committees met Wednesday to discuss the pension bill; supporters and opponents of the measure held rallies outside the Statehouse.
â€śWhile I was looking forward to a productive business development trip to Israel next month, Rhode Island legislators are working hard to enact historic legislation and I need to remain in Rhode Island to continue to advocate for truly comprehensive pension reform,â€ť Chafee said. â€śThere is no issue that is more critical to Rhode Islandâ€™s economic development and fiscal stability than pension reform.â€ť
While Chafee wonâ€™t be there, a group of Rhode Island business leaders and academics led by Avi Nevel, president of Nevel International LLC, will be heading to Israel next week on a business to business visit.