In yet another display of bipartisanship, Governor Lamont, Governor Baker and Governor Raimondo met on July 16, 2019, at Eastern Connecticut State University to discuss issues of regional importance to the Northeast, including energy, transportation, infrastructure, procurement and data sharing.
The governors expressed the importance of their relationship and working together on many issues. Governor Lamont thanked the governors for their recent support on keeping Millstone power plant operational.
They discussed many issues including affordability of health care, renewable energy, the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), shared employees (i.e., Electric Boat and Fidelity), job training programs, and the need to work together to help solve some of these problems. Governor Raimondo proposed a joint data sharing agreement on wage data in order to measure success.
Governor Baker appreciated the opportunity to collaborate and share strategies and experiences of what works, what didn’t and how to build on those experiences. He mentioned the TCI initiative made up of about 10 or 12 states and for the past six or seven months are working to create a resemblance to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but focused around transportation emissions. Another major focus of the conversation was expansion of train service across state borders. The governors also appreciated a conversation around offshore wind development.
Governor Raimondo commended the productive, informal and successful nature of the conversations, and offered to host the next session in Rhode Island in October.
The entire press conference can be viewed here.