McKee: ‘It [will] be my budget’

GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE on Sunday during his inauguration address urged Rhode Islanders to come together as a team to combat the health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE
PROVIDENCE – It’s been a whirlwind for Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee since Gov. Gina M. Raimondo was named on Jan. 7 as President Joe Biden’s nominee for United States secretary of commerce. That news left McKee in line to become the next governor, succeeding a fellow Democrat with whom he has not worked closely…

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  1. Not an exciting interview. On the economy, yes we have a beautiful state and tourism is big, but a more important need is to diversify our business base because as we have seen in the past and in this pandemic that over reliance on some sectors can really hurt.

    What the State needs is more expansive views of the state’s economy with the willingness to back that up with public investment where and when appropriate.

    McKee’s background, education and experiences make him a product of the Blackstone Valley, his higher ed credentials also are from the area. On the surface, he has parochial credentials, but while that in and of itself is not limiting, McKee has to prove pretty quickly that he is not just an “average Joe and has the vision and leadership skills to become a forward thinking and impactful Governor.