Executive Order 98-05
May 5, 1998
WHEREAS, Rhode Island is enjoying a period of increased economic growth; and
WHEREAS, this growth is being fueled by companies who require highly skilled workers; and
WHEREAS, companies requiring highly skilled workers pay higher wages than those which require only low skilled workers; and
WHEREAS, the presence of a resident, highly skilled work force in the State serves to attract additional companies to the state who, in turn, pay high wages; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the State and its citizens to ensure continued economic expansion by providing a resident, highly skilled work force; and
WHEREAS, little information is available concerning the ability of Rhode Island's work force to meet the increasing demand for high skilled workers; and
WHEREAS, assessing the level of adult literacy in this State is the first step towards moving its work force from low skill and low paying jobs to high skill and higher paying jobs.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:
1. There is hereby established a Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Adult Literacy.