Teresa Paiva Weed http://ripr.org en Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes http://ripr.org/post/table-games-back-ballot-after-senate-reconvenes <p>In what the Senate president called “an abundance of caution” the state senate voted again and approved a bill putting casino gambling in Newport on the November ballot.</p><p></p><p>Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says the governor’s legal counsel was worried that the part of the bill giving $1.5 million dollars to Newport would be considered an appropriation. And appropriation measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes. It got only 24 votes in the final hours of the session.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:33:03 +0000 Catherine Welch 36053 at http://ripr.org Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes House Finance Committee Passes $8.7 Billion Budget http://ripr.org/post/house-finance-committee-passes-87-billion-budget <p>On a 14-2 margin, the House Finance Committee Thursday approved an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July first.&nbsp; Lawmakers say they hope tax cuts will bolster Rhode Island’s underperforming economy.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:24:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 34773 at http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Passes $8.7 Billion Budget Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-master-lever-myths <p>Eliminating the master lever in Rhode Island elections is picking up steam in the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay says getting rid of straight party voting may be much ado about not much.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to end the so-called master lever, a relic of the state’s urban political machine past. A conga line of statewide elected politicians, from Gov. Lincoln Chafee down to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, support this change.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:40:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 33626 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-lawmakers-swept-38-studios-under-rug <p>What’s worse than the 38 Studios fiasco for Rhode Island ‘s political and economic reputation? RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay points to the aftermath.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s been nearly four years since&nbsp; then- Gov. Donald Carcieri, the state Economic Development Corporation and the General Assembly foisted the disaster that is 38 Studios on Rhode Island taxpayers.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:06:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 33226 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls http://ripr.org/post/senate-committee-votes-eliminate-sakonnet-river-tolls <p>A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to create a new Rhode Island infrastructure fund that would eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, the bill faces several hurdles to take effect.</p><p></p><p>The legislation unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee would generate 800 million dollars over 10 years for keeping up roads and bridges. Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed calls the bill a long-term approach, starting next year, for improving the state’s decaying infrastructure.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:07:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 33207 at http://ripr.org Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls Bill Would Put RI Gov. & Lt. Gov. On Joint Ticket http://ripr.org/post/bill-would-put-ri-gov-lt-gov-joint-ticket <p>A senate committee will vote Wednesday on legislation that would ultimately put the governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket. The bill co-sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment linking the two top offices.</p><p>Paiva Weed said previous lieutenant governors have had to define their own roles, while this legislation would make them an assistant to the governor.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:50:53 +0000 Catherine Welch 33168 at http://ripr.org Bill Would Put RI Gov. & Lt. Gov. On Joint Ticket Common Cause Gives Qualified Support to Sheehan Bill to Bolster Ethics Commission http://ripr.org/post/common-cause-gives-qualified-support-sheehan-bill-bolster-ethics-commission <p>Common Cause of Rhode Island is giving qualified support to <a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/pressrelease/_layouts/RIL.PressRelease.ListStructure/Forms/DisplayForm.aspx?List=c8baae31-3c10-431c-8dcd-9dbbe21ce3e9&amp;ID=9568">a new proposal introduced by state Senator James Sheehan (D-North Kingtown) </a>to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:57:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 30700 at http://ripr.org Common Cause Gives Qualified Support to Sheehan Bill to Bolster Ethics Commission Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI Public Pension Reality http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-new-ri-public-pension-reality <p>In the famous words of Yogi Berra, `it ain’t over till its over.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that’s the case with the latest twist in Rhode Island’s public employee pension settlement.</p><p></p><p></p><p>In many a long legal &nbsp;battle, a settlement reached out of court marks the end of a contentious lawsuit. The opposing parties shake hands and sometimes share an odd drop. Then they put the dispute behind them.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:56:29 +0000 Scott MacKay 29230 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI Public Pension Reality RI Pension Settlement more start than end of debate http://ripr.org/post/ri-pension-settlement-more-start-end-debate <p>In the famous words of Yogi Berra, `it ain’t over till its over.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that’s the case with the latest twist in Rhode Island’s public employee pension settlement.</p><p>In many a long legal &nbsp;battle, a settlement reached out of court marks the end of a contentious lawsuit. The opposing parties shake hands and sometimes share an odd drop. Then they put the dispute behind them.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:04:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 29201 at http://ripr.org The Politics of the RI Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/politics-ri-pension-settlement <p>In most protracted court battles, a settlement reached after tortuous year-long negotiations marks the end of a lawsuit and allows the parties to move forward. Often the lawyers celebrate and perhaps even share an odd drop together.</p><p>That wasn’t the case Friday. The &nbsp;proposed legal settlement between the state and the unions that represent public school teachers and state employees and retirees is just the beginning of a cumbersome ratification process that is sure to become ensnared in what is shaping up as a contentious political campaign season in Rhode Island.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:31:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 29162 at http://ripr.org