R 202
2019 -- S 0794
Enacted 04/09/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Gallo, Ruggerio, Cano, Satchell, and Lombardi
Date Introduced: April 09, 2019

     WHEREAS, Every Rhode Islander deserves the opportunity to achieve financial
security; and
     WHEREAS, Too many of our neighbors are struggling with financial challenges at a
rate higher than national peers; and
     WHEREAS, Individuals with strong personal finance skills have the knowledge to
make informed decisions regarding budgeting, maintaining strong credit, saving, investing,
and protecting and insuring their assets; and
     WHEREAS, Governments, private businesses, community-based organizations, and
institutions of education must work together to help consumers make informed decisions about
their finances and avoid deceptive or predatory practices; and
     WHEREAS, General Treasurer Magaziner launched the Rhode Island Financial
Empowerment Roundtable which regularly brings together representatives from government,
nonprofits, education, businesses, and banking to network and share ideas on how to encourage
economic growth and financial stability among Rhode Islanders; and
     WHEREAS, There is a strong coalition of organizations, passionate educators, and
invested individuals working tirelessly to expand financial literacy and personal finance
education in Rhode Island schools; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island should endeavor to expand the availability of personal
finance education, because teaching financial skills to students gives them more economic
opportunity; and
     WHEREAS, Strengthening the financial skills of all Rhode Islanders is an investment
in the fundamental promise of a brighter future and building a more prosperous nation; and
     WHEREAS, April is National Financial Literacy Month, where Rhode Island
highlights its commitment to teaching ourselves and our children about the basics of financial
education; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims April, 2019, to be "Financial Literacy Month." We moreover urge all Rhode
Islanders to take advantage of various programs and activities that will increase their personal
financial literacy both during the month of April and throughout the year; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the RI JumpStart Coalition.