Governor Raimondo gave a sneak peak of several programs Wednesday that will be part of her budget proposal.
She's proposing $1.3 million dollars to help high school students get college credit, and $1.75 million to provide some loan forgiveness for college graduates. The idea of that program is to encourage more recent grads to stay in the state.
Raimondo says she also wants to invest $10 million into a college scholarship program for students with strong academic performance. Raimondo proposes to "restructure" existing higher education grant programs to create this program.
Public schools, colleges and universities make up about a third of the state budget, and the full spending proposal is expected on Thursday.
Raimondo says education is one of her top priorities because Rhode Island workers need better skills to find jobs.
On the K-12 side, school committees will be watching to see whether Raimondo sticks with a long-term plan to fund local school districts. Many teachers and parents are no doubt anxious to see whether Raimondo will increase funding for school construction.
Higher education officials have requested a $14 million increase for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. The money will fund the State Department of Higher Education, which was almost shut down in a prior budget. State college and university leaders say the increase will also help them keep tuition hikes at a minimum.
With a projected $190 million deficit, lawmakers get the final say on the budget. They usually finalize the state spending plan in June or July.