Making her sixth SOTS address, Raimondo predicted Rhode Island will continue to enjoy brighter days if the state maintains a focus on her priorities, namely investing in education and workforce training.

"I see a Rhode Island where the opportunity for an excellent education from pre-K through college is guaranteed for everyone," she said, imagining the Rhode Island of 2040. "Our public schools are thriving. Our economy is booming because of our educated workforce. High-speed rail and electric buses make it easy to commute across the state and across the region."

Raimondo's speech, with a litany of proposals, was warmly received in the House chamber at the Statehouse. But legislative leaders questioned where the money will come from to pay for the governor's proposals with the state facing a $200 million budget deficit.

“There was a lot of money proposed," said House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, "and I love the ideas -- all of the initiatives were good ones -- but you have to look at where the funding is going to come from and evaluate it on that basis, so we’ll do the analysis.”

Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio also reacted coolly to the governor's call for the legislature to back a line-item veto. Rhode Island is among a relative handful of states that don't have it.

Two days before the unveiling of her latest budget proposal, Raimondo called for raising Rhode Island’s $10.50 an hour minimum wage and expanding the earned income tax credit. But she did not explain how her approximately $10 billion spending plan will wipe out an estimated $200 million deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1.

While some Rhode Islanders continue to struggle economically amid an ongoing recovery, the governor said she’s optimistic about the state’s future.

 “Right now, in Rhode Island we have more than a half million jobs,” she said. “That’s more jobs than at any time ever in our state’s history. Unemployment is at its lowest point in three decades. Just think about that. That means our economy today is the strongest its been in three decades.”

On housing, Raimondo didn't offer specifics, but she vowed to create a dedicated funding stream, and to support a bond, to address a statewide housing shortage. Ruggerio appears more supportive of that concept than Mattiello.

In a switch from last year, when she tried slowing the phaseout of the car tax championed by Mattiello, the second-term Democratic governor expressed unabashed support for it. She called for the the third cut in unemployment insurance taxes since she took office in 2015.

On education, Raimondo said she’s committed to doing what it takes to improve public education, in part with $30 million in additional statewide funding. She said she will support a 50 percent increase in public pre-K classrooms. She also calls for continuing the Rhode Island Promise program, which offers free tuition for some students at the Community College of Rhode Island.

In his GOP response, House Minority Leader Blake Filippi called education the civil rights challenge of the age. He said the primary responsibility of lawmakers must be improving the state’s under-performing public schools, and that parents should have the freedom to send their children to better out-of-district schools.

Filippi said local universities with “substantial endowments” should “share in the cost of educating the next generation of higher education learners.”

In addition to a heightened emphasis on aiding young and older residents, Filippi expressed support for zero-based budgeting, a line item veto and creating an office of inspector general.

Raimondo touted her support for job training programs with employers, calling it part of the ingredient for improving the state’s economy. The governor used her address to announce an expansion of the Real Jobs RI training program.

Pointing to the growth of jobs at Quonset Point and Electric Boat, Raimondo said she will include in her a budget a bond proposal to create new industrial sites across the state.

Last year, lawmakers rebuffed Raimondo’s attempt to steer money for improvements at state facilities. In renewing her push, she said it’s time to update tired bathrooms, pavilions and concessions at state beaches.

Raimondo also unveiled her plan to sign an executive order calling for Rhode Island to be the first state total dependent on renewable energy by the end of the next decade.

In keeping with her past profile, the governor vowed to offer what she called a comprehensive set of reforms meant to reduce the risk of gun violence. And she pledged to make additional investments in child welfare in the state.