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Roger Picard is the Democratic candidate for state senator for the 20th district. Here is his opinion:
1. What do you think is the biggest political issue in Rhode Island this season?
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Inflation is one of the major problems facing Rhode Islanders, especially District residents. 20. It affects every aspect of your daily life, from food to transportation to housing to education. In future sessions, the focus should be on curbing inflation by addressing factors such as energy programs, government costs and barriers to economic expansion. It will also reduce the impact of inflation by adjusting tax policies and fine-tuning public programs while ensuring access to the most vulnerable and creating a unified economic strategy in an ever-changing work environment. We need to evaluate how to offset.
2. What needs to be done to improve Rhode Island’s economy?
Moreover, education needs serious consideration, both in terms of its funding and delivery. However, the delivery system is only as good as its source of funding. I believe it’s really time to upgrade our education funding scheme while making sure it stays within the Constitution.
To support our economic growth, we must ensure that our business community, especially the small business sector, has what it takes to not only survive but thrive. The pandemic has created a new paradigm in how products are sourced and offered, services provided, and a new set of employment expectations by the workforce. This dynamic will force governments through their statutory and regulatory powers and businesses through their own business models to adapt to this new paradigm. Only when both work together can progress be made.
3. What is the biggest challenge facing Rhode Island as a state?
The biggest challenge facing Rhode Island is simply ‘unity through communication’. We have many good people with many good ideas. But the inability of citizens to communicate with each other in public is creating tensions that hinder their ability to truly communicate and make progress.
4. Why are you running for office? What are your reasons for having unique qualifications?
The reason I’m running for office is to bring the voice of the people of the 20th Ward to the State Capitol. It is important that all perspectives are offered and considered. My wife and I have lived in his 20th arrondissement all our lives. We grew up together, went to school, attended church, participated in local community activities, and now live and work in her 20th district. The necessary understanding of the Woonsocket and Cumberland people’s perspectives is understood not only by everyday contact, but also by the nuanced emotions received by this everyday interaction.
5. Who is your inspiration?
Simply put, I draw inspiration through my faith, family, and people in general.
BIO: Senator Roger A. Picard
Roger A. Pickard is a Democrat representing the 20th District (Woonsocket, Cumberland) of the Rhode Island Senate.
He served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1993 to 2008 before being elected to the Senate in the April 2008 special election.
In 2021, he was elected Vice President of the Senate provisional. He is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, the Senate Committee on Housing and Municipal Government, and the Senate Labor Committee.
In 2008, Senator Picard sponsored legislation to amend the Hospital Conversion Act. He has sponsored several bills to boost small businesses, including the Sole Proprietors and Self-Employed Health Care Act. Legislation aimed at assisting truck drivers and streamlining the commercial driver licensing process. A bill to significantly reduce the manufacturing and wholesale license fees for alcoholic beverage manufacturers.
On education, we sponsored legislation to allow school districts to conduct virtual education during bad weather and emergencies, and introduced legislation to help students make up for lost school life through learning at home. He also called for a statewide vote on constitutional amendments to ensure “a fair, adequate and meaningful education for every child,” and sought a path and workforce in the clean energy sector that is part of the Senate’s growth policy. Sponsored legislation requiring the creation of training programs. Green Jobs RI Initiative.
Other laws sponsored by Senator Picard include legislation requiring insurance companies to make good faith efforts to find beneficiaries of life insurance policies. Measures to encourage middle and middle schools to offer performing arts programs. Legislation authorizing alternative treatments for opioid addiction. A proposal to run for governor and lieutenant governor on the same ticket.
Senator Picard was awarded the 2016 Capitol Caregiver Award by the Rhode Island AARP. It was recognized for sponsoring a law allowing single-family homeowners to build or use ancillary housing to care for elderly family members.
Senator Picard was born on January 26, 1957. He and his wife Diane have three children from him, Nicole, Kristen, and Caitlin.
He graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1975. He has a BA/BS from the University of Rhode Island, 1979; he also holds an MA in Theological Studies from Providence College. He works as a social worker for the Woonsocket School District.
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