Here's a transcript of the conversation:

Ian Donnis: Governor, the House Republican Leader Blake Fillipi is suing speaker Mattillo alleging that the speaker exceeded his authority by ordering an audit of the Convention Center after one of the speaker's friends was disciplined from a position at the convention center. [This interview took place before Mattiello cancelled his request for the audit.] Do you agree that speaker Mattiello exceeded his authority by requesting that audit?

Gov. Gina Raimondo: From everything that I can see. And as you know, I have nothing to do with JCLS but from what I -

Donnis: JCLS is the Joint Committee on Legislative Services, the hiring and spending arm of the legislature.

Raimondo: Yes, sorry. Thank you. Yeah, it would seem so. I mean, it seems pretty clear that he didn't follow the appropriate process.

Scott MacKay:  I'm wondering-  a lot of urgency around the Providence school situation, but still we have no superintendent. What's up with that?

Raimondo: Yes. It's you know, it's taking us a little longer than I would have hoped. It is a hard job to recruit for, and we don't want to make a mistake. So we are balancing the urgency with making sure we get the right person. We've talked to many people. We are very close with a couple and I'm hoping to have an announcement within a few weeks.

Donnis: Reports showed this week that revenue from the state's truck tolling program is below expectations. Does this increase the possibility that this program will be expanded to include cars?

Raimondo: No, absolutely not. No. This program will not be included, will not be expanded to include cars and we are confident that we're going to hit the numbers. We have some more stations to get up more gantries to go up. But no, cars are off the table.

MacKay: You see the dust-up between Bernie Sanders and of course Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, do you think a woman can get elected as a Democratic nominee in 2020?

Raimondo: I think it's very hard.

MacKay: Why?

Raimondo: It's just harder for women to be the chief executive. People, unfortunately, there's still a double standard. I think you see it with Amy Klobuchar, who is a very capable candidate and barely cracking 3 percent in most states. I would like to say yes, I would like to say yes, and of course, anything is possible. And Elizabeth is a formidable, talented woman. But there is a double standard. It's harder for a woman to be the boss, the top job, not going to senate but to be the chief executive. I worry that we still have a way to go.

MacKay: So you think Joe Biden would be the best candidate?

Raimondo: I'm a fan of Joe's. I haven't endorsed anyone yet. You know, Cory Booker just dropped out. Bloomberg just got in. The race is so fluid, but certainly I think Joe could beat Trump. And I think the vice president would be a very capable president.

Donnis: We see how there's this ongoing dispute between yourself and legislative leaders over marijuana regulations in the state. To pull back a little bit, some people think that there's been a cultural shift that blacks and Latinos used to get the short end of the stick on marijuana prosecution. Now there's more tolerance for marijuana and white people are cashing in predominantly and benefiting from the business of legalization. What would it take to bring more equity to that issue?

Raimondo: It's an excellent question. In the proposal I have before the legislature, it specifically earmarks millions of dollars for social equity efforts. And I think that's a beginning, you know, a beginning which is to invest in initiatives that will make sure that people of color aren't discriminated against or taken advantage of. My other disagreement with the legislature - I wasn't sure if you're referring to that - is over the medical marijuana. You know, I'm now suing the legislature and they're having hearings. I just have my eye on that. I cannot get behind anything that's designed to favor insiders or favor the well connected. Our proposal is for a lottery type system. This is a new industry. Let's get it right. Let's not favor friends. Let's be transparent and preserve patient access. The other day the Connecticut legislators the leadership said they're going to legalize marijuana. I feel I have to put in a proposal to the legislature that protects the health and safety of Rhode Island. Massachusetts has it, Connecticut's about to have it. I don't think we can afford to just pretend it's not here.

Donnis: Governor, you're obviously a Democrat and you've had your clashes with the Democratic-controlled legislature. Do you think the legislature accurately reflects the views of Democratic voters Rhode Island? And if not, why not?

Raimondo: Well, it depends. And by the way, the legislature isn't, isn't a monolith, you know, there's many members and they all have their own disagreements. I mean, on certain issues, like gun safety, for example, I think the leadership is out of step with where the Democratic Party is. You know, the Democratic Party and actually most Rhode Islanders and most Americans are strongly in favor of a ban on high capacity magazines and the leadership is not. There are a number of issues where they are clearly at odds with where the Democratic Party is and where Americans are. Denying climate change is another excellent example. You know, "there's nothing we can do about it." That's out of step with what most people think. But on other issues, you know, raising the minimum wage, expanding the earned income tax credit, I think leadership is with where the mainstream Democratic Party is.

MacKay:  Looking at the tax code, Linc Chafee actually had a pretty good idea to lower the top of the sales tax and expand the bottom. Now, you seem to be doing this piecemeal and whoever has the best lobbyists don't have to pay the sales taxes. Is it time for a comprehensive look at tax code?

Raimondo: I have been, since I've been governor, trying to change the sales tax to reflect the changing economy. 

MacKay: But it's been piecemeal, 

Raimondo:  It has been piecemeal, but it's been effective. You know, the Amazon tax - we were the first state or one of the first states to do that. It's been effective. Taxing software as a service, just like you would tax if you were going to buy a piece of Microsoft software. So we're trying to move in that direction. The answer to your question is yes, we do need a comprehensive look. I have been trying to take an incremental approach. We needed an overall look, but as you say, it has to be done regionally. Now I've brought it up with other governors. It's a difficult topic, but at some point, I think we'll have to because what they call it, ‘the shrinking ice cube’ - goods are shrinking, services are growing and Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, should all align on that.

Donnis: To piggyback on Scott's question, you have a proposal to raise taxes on technology services. Ken Block, the former Republican gubernatorial candidate, says this would be a use tax in addition to a sales tax and be punishing for technology companies. How do you respond?

Raimondo: I gather this is Ken's business. So I'm not surprised that he would be a vocal opponent. You know, again, it just gets back to an issue of fairness that I was talking to with Scott. If you guys here at The Public's Radio go out and buy Quicken or Microsoft or some other piece of software, you're going to pay tax on it. But if you're a very big company, and that's who will pay this tax, if you're a very big company and you want customized pre-made software, you won't pay a tax on that. And so this is just designed to level that playing field and take into account the way business is changing.

Donnis: When do you expect to name a nominee to succeed retiring Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Gilbert Indeglia?

Raimondo:  I have not given myself a timeline. I'm excited at the possibility so I don't know, Ian. This year.

Donnis: Speaking of nominees, the new board of trustees at URI is supposed to start on February 1st, but you have not yet named your nominees -- why not?

Raimondo: It's 17 people. I'm trying to get 17 highly qualified people who are willing to work very hard and who care about the taxpayers and URI. I am very close. I hope that within a week or so I'll have the names to the Senate. 

Donnis:  Finally, you sounded a very optimistic note in your State of the State address about the outlook for high speed rail between Providence and Boston. That's something that a lot of people would like to see. But it seems like money, as with many things, is the big obstacle. What are the next steps on that?

Raimondo: We’re trying to procure train sets. Believe it or not, we need to find train sets. And so we are working hard and working with Senator Reed and to try to get the train sets in a way that we can afford.

Donnis: That's all the time we have. We need to leave it there. Thanks for joining us.