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KENNEDY, PATRICK J, Democratic Party
Rhode Island

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $20,932.19

Average cost per trip - $4,186.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 293 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Do Something
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Deer Valley, UT

Purpose - Conference
Notes - Stein Erickson Lodge, UT

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $281.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $281.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - May 28, 2003 - May 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - NJ

Purpose - Legislative luncheon
Notes - Charitable contribution of $2000 to Providence YMCA was made by Connell Company in lieu of paying a honorarium - filed with form.

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Common Wealth Fund JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - January 14, 2005 - January 20, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Attending a bipartisan health care policy conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Lauderdale, FL

Travel Cost - $839.56
Lodging Cost - $2,310.94
Meal Cost - $466.20
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $3,651.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 7, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Promote and strengthen cultural and economic ties to Rhode Island
Notes - Los Angeles - Taipei - Los Angeles

Travel Cost - $3,400.00
Lodging Cost - $930.00
Meal Cost - $370.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - HIMSS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society)
Dates - February 25, 2004 - February 26, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Conference keynote
Notes - DC - Orlando - DC

Travel Cost - $11,243.39
Lodging Cost - $156.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,399.49

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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