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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.

2. The goal of this Commission is to study the level at which adults in this State read, write, speak, compute and generally solve problems necessary to function effectively at their jobs. The Commission will also study any gap between present investment directed at increasing the general level of literacy among Rhode Island's working population and the State's future needs.

3. The Commission shall be comprised of the Lieutenant Governor and the Director of the Department of Labor and Training who shall serve as co-chairpersons and sixteen members appointed by the Governor who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

4. All state agencies shall cooperate and assist the Commission to the fullest extent possible.

5. The Commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Human Resources Investment Council, the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Governors for Higher Education on or before September 20, 1999.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond