"It's not the same state that you may have written about in the past," said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo in a phone call last week.
She did not know at the time that we were about to name Rhode Island America's Bottom State for Business in our 10th annual rankings — the fourth time it would come in dead last. But she was also under no illusions that her state's standing was suddenly about to change for the better compared to previous years.
After all, Rhode Island has never finished better than 48th since we began rating the states in 2007. But Raimondo, a Democrat who is one year into her first term, wanted us to know about some of the things her administration is doing to try and turn things around.
"Take a fresh look at Rhode Island," she said. That was all she was asking.