Despite wide-scale objection and protest, the Rhode Island State Planning Council approved Thursday the economic development plan RhodeMap RI.
In the meeting with more than 200 attendees, the council listened to comments from the public before voting unanimously to approve the economic development plan. Despite its passage, the plan does not bind the state legislature or governor to implement the ideals of the proposal, but the plan has
Lincoln Chafee was the first public official to comment. The outgoing governor referred to the plan as a good document that puts the state on the right road. His comments yielded a mixture of boos and cheers from the standing room crowd.
Some critics have called the plan "socialist" or due to it being federally funded, would allow the federal government to insert itself into state and local decisions.
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