A major issue in any election is the economic health of the city/state/country that is holding the vote, and nowhere was the issue debated more robustly than in Rhode Island in the just-held election for statewide offices. Was Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and her economic development program responsible for the state experiencing growth or was falling unemployment just the result of the Ocean State being located so close to the economic engine that is the Boston region as well as the entire United States working its way out of the Great Recession? What can we look forward to in the economy of Rhode Island now that the election is behind us, and will the smallest state in the nation be the cause of any growth that is seen in the coming years?
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