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Southern New England Governors Hold Second Summit

Steven Senne
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, foreground, speaks alongside Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimond, center, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, left, after a meeting to discuss issues of regional importance, Thursday on the campus of Rhode Island College.

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island met for a summit in Providence on Thursday. They discussed cooperation on a number of issues including education, healthcare, workforce development and climate change.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says he got together with his fellow governors to seek regional solutions because of the current dysfunction of the federal government.

“Maybe this is a good thing where we learn from each other. We work individually, we work with each other, we work together as a region, and we set an example and hopefully when it comes to energy and the environment, and cyber. These are places where the feds, we need them to follow up because at the end of the day they are the best ones to make this complete.”

This is the second time the three governors have met for a summit this year. The first was in Connecticut in the summer. Last week Lamont met in New York City with the governors of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They discussed regional approaches to vaping and the adult recreational use of marijuana.