NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's gubernatorial hopefuls have met at a forum sponsored by an association of minority-owned businesses that touched on issues including immigration, racial disparities in employment and the state's new voter identification law.

The Rhode Island Black Business Association sponsored the two-hour event Tuesday evening.

On the Democratic side, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras noted the city has taken steps to fight discriminatory lending practices, and said the voter ID law imposed barriers to voting.

Treasurer Gina Raimondo said the state has to boost its economy without leaving anyone behind. Newcomer Clay Pell stressed his commitment to a growth model based on "equity."

On the GOP side, businessman Ken Block said the state is failing too many students in urban districts. Both he and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said they support voter ID.


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