PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — For the second time since taking office, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee and Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos held a news conference Tuesday to cover topics unrelated to the pandemic.
McKee and Matos began holding these bi-weekly briefings last month, saying they wanted to give reporters a regular opportunity to question them on other issues concerning Rhode Island.
Tuesday’s topics ranged from some bills making their way through the General Assembly to the state’s contract with gambling companies.
Both McKee and Matos told reporters they support allowing undocumented immigrants to have driver’s licenses, saying it’s a public safety issue and simply makes sense.
“People need to earn money to live, and we need to make sure we provide everybody that is working with the ability to earn dollars,” McKee said.
McKee was also asked about the future of McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket as the Worcester Red Sox get ready to begin their season. The team moved one state over under the watch of his predecessor, Gov. Gina Raimondo, and McKee suggested things may have gone differently had he been in charge then.
“I would have been all in as a governor, as well as showing up to make sure we are prompting that,” he said of keeping the team in Rhode Island.
The governor wished the WooSox well and said he’ll visit Polar Park if he has the chance.
“I don’t have hard feelings for management there,” McKee added. “I think they tried as hard as they could to keep them in the state of Rhode Island.”
In the meantime, McKee said the city of Pawtucket has his support as they work to revitalize the downtown area of reinvent themselves without the PawSox.
“Future is looking bright for Pawtucket, and I’ll do everything I can to make sure the people of Pawtucket are well served, just like anywhere else in the state of Rhode Island,” he said.
McKee also mentioned that he expected to meet with Raimondo on Wednesday as she and Vice President Kamala Harris pay a visit to Rhode Island.
McKee and other Rhode Island leaders plan to hold their next COVID-19 briefing at 1 p.m. Thursday, which you can watch live on WPRI 12 and WPRI.com.