Allan Fung http://ripr.org en Political Roundtable: Reis on Arming URI Police, Block vs Fung, and His Run Against Langevin http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-reis-arming-uri-police-block-vs-fung-and-his-run-against-langevin <p></p><p>Second Congressional District Republican Rhue Reis joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin; arming URI police; the intensifying GOP gubernatorial primary between Ken Block and Allan Fung; and the outlook on litigating the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32208 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Reis on Arming URI Police, Block vs Fung, and His Run Against Langevin Block Dings Dems & Fung; Touts Himself as Change Agent http://ripr.org/post/block-dings-dems-fung-touts-himself-change-agent <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block used a Statehouse news conference Wednesday afternoon to present a hat trick of related assertions: 1) Rhode Island Democrats are bad for previously supporting former House Speaker Gordon Fox; 2) rival GOP candidate Allan Fung is wrong to accept campaign contributions from members of the police union Fung negotiates with as mayor of Cranston; 3) all this, combined with Block's distance from politics as usual, makes Block the embodiment of change in the race for governor.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:10:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 32165 at http://ripr.org Block Dings Dems & Fung; Touts Himself as Change Agent Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block http://ripr.org/post/fung-proposes-200m-tax-cut-plan-takes-dig-block <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Tuesday unveiled a $200 million tax-cutting proposal that he billed as a way to jump-start Rhode Island's economy.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:48:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 32082 at http://ripr.org Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block Brown Poll Shows Raimondo and Taveras Locked In A Virtual Tie http://ripr.org/post/brown-poll-shows-raimondo-and-taveras-locked-virtual-tie <p>The race to pick Rhode Island's next governor is still up for grabs.</p><p><a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2014/04/survey">A new Brown University poll </a>shows Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo locked in a virtual dead heat, with Clay Pell lagging behind in the race. The poll (albeit from a tiny sample size of 86 somewhat or very likely GOP voters) shows a similar scenario with Republicans Ken Block and Allan Fung.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:17:30 +0000 Ian Donnis 31834 at http://ripr.org Republican Party Wants Pension Dispute Settled In Court http://ripr.org/post/republican-party-wants-pension-dispute-settled-court <p>The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.&nbsp; Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides</p><p></p><p>A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:09:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 31833 at http://ripr.org Taveras & Raimondo Campaigns Trade Shots on the Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/taveras-raimondo-campaigns-trade-shots-pension-settlement <p>In a preview of things to come as Rhode Island's Democratic primary grows more intense, the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo are trading sharp jabs over the handling of the high-stakes state pension conflict.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:20:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 31789 at http://ripr.org Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes http://ripr.org/post/proposed-cranston-budget-doesn-t-hike-property-taxes <p>Cranston residents will face no property tax increase next year under a budget proposed Tuesday night by Mayor Allan Fung.&nbsp;He has submitted a $262 million spending plan that would fully fund the city’s annual pension obligations while not hiking property taxes.</p><p></p><p>The average Cranstonian pays $5,000 a year in property taxes. Fung admits that’s high, but says just keeping taxes from rising has been a challenge given state funding cuts and the devastation caused by the great flood of 2010.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:03:39 +0000 Flo Jonic 31419 at http://ripr.org Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes Political Roundtable: Edwards on Sakonnet Tolls, the Pension Settlement & the Gun Debate http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-edwards-sakonnet-tolls-pension-settlement-gun-debate <p>State Representative John "Jay" Edwards joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; the Statehouse debate over guns; fallout from the Cranston parking ticket scandal; and the proposed state pension settlement.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30761 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Edwards on Sakonnet Tolls, the Pension Settlement & the Gun Debate Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension http://ripr.org/post/fung-says-retiring-police-chief-will-not-receive-enhanced-pension <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.&nbsp; Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:59:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 30754 at http://ripr.org Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension Cranston Police Chief Retires; Ticket Probe Ongoing http://ripr.org/post/cranston-police-chief-retires-ticket-probe-ongoing <p>Col. Marco Palombo, Jr. released a statement announcing that he is retiring as Cranston’s chief of police. The news comes on the heels of a police parking ticket scandal.</p><p>Col. Palombo announced his retirement after 27 years with the Cranston police in a statement to the media. In it, he said he had been considering retirement for a while and is looking forward to new opportunities, including helping to solve cold cases and teaching police science.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:11:05 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30594 at http://ripr.org