Biden picks Rhode Island governor for Commerce, Boston mayor for Labor

Biden picks Rhode Island governor for Commerce, Boston mayor for Labor
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  • calendar-gray 08 January 2021

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as his Commerce Department secretary and former union official and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor secretary, people familiar with the choices told Reuters on Thursday, APA reports citing Reuters.

The two Democrats will head sprawling agencies that will shape Biden's agenda on climate change, technology, investment and the minimum wage and other workforce rules and policies.

Biden also will nominate Isabel Guzman, a California state economic development official and small business advocate, to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA), a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The SBA has been central to distributing hundreds of billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to small businesses over the past year.

The announcements are expected to be made on Friday along with other Biden administration Cabinet positions, the sources said.

Raimondo's expected nomination was first reported by CNN. As Rhode Island's first woman governor, she has pushed for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in her state, but said in a recent interview with the Providence Journal that she is reluctant to raise taxes on big earners to cover a state budget deficit.

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