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Rhode Island's Trillion-Dollar Lesson for America

What Gina Raimondo's victory in Rhode Island can teach fellow public officials -- Democrats especially.
Yes, it can be done. Ask Gina Raimondo.
Yes, it can be done. Ask Gina Raimondo.

With the possible exceptions of Roger Williams and coffee milk, the contributions of the smallest state to the rest of the U.S. often go unheralded. Maybe Gina Raimondo, who won Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial primary yesterday, can change that.

As state treasurer, Raimondo pushed through the boldest pension reform in the country several years ago. With the U.S. facing more than $1 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, her victory provides a few valuable lessons for her fellow public officials -- Democrats especially.