Lincoln Chafee http://ripr.org en Bruins Fans Get Their RI License Plates http://ripr.org/post/bruins-fans-get-their-ri-license-plates <p>Hockey fans of the Boston Bruins will be able to show their allegiance on their Rhode Island license plates under legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.</p><p>Under the law, the new Bruins plates will cost hockey devotees an extra $40, half of which will go to the state and half will be allocated to charities affiliated with the Boston Bruins Foundation. The money must be spent on Rhode Island-based charities.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:45:46 +0000 Scott MacKay 36184 at http://ripr.org Calamari Becomes The Ocean State's Official Appetizer http://ripr.org/post/calamari-becomes-ocean-states-official-appetizer <p>Calamari is now Rhode Island’s official state appetizer. At the signing ceremony, Governor Lincoln Chaffee said this bill is an important way to support Rhode Island’s fishing industry, despite the pushback he got for it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chafee said fishermen frequently told him, “We want our calamari bill!”</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:31:40 +0000 Molly Malinowski 35938 at http://ripr.org Calamari Becomes The Ocean State's Official Appetizer Cliff Walk Repairs, Misspelled Plaque Unveiled In Newport http://ripr.org/post/cliff-walk-repairs-misspelled-plaque-unveiled-newport <p>The governor's name is misspelled on a new plaque celebrating Newport's historic Cliff&nbsp;Walk.&nbsp; The plaque was unveiled during a ceremony Wednesday marking the reopening of the Cliff Walk after major repairs.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The walk’s three and a half miles have been opening in increments ever since it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The largest portion, two miles long, has now reopened. A smaller, less-traveled part will remain closed, likely reopening in mid-July. Newport received 5 million dollars in state and federal funds to make the repairs.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:23:44 +0000 John Bender 35756 at http://ripr.org Cliff Walk Repairs, Misspelled Plaque Unveiled In Newport Pell calls on Chafee to sign NECAP moratorium, teacher evaluation measures http://ripr.org/post/pell-calls-chafee-sign-necap-moratorium-teacher-evaluation-measures <p>Clay Pell, one of three Democrats vying for his party’s nomination for governor, is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to sign into law three education-related measures approved by the General Assembly in the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>The first would place a moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement. The other would change teacher evaluations and the third would provide full funding for all-day kindergarten in Rhode Island communities.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 35708 at http://ripr.org Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/several-veterans-bills-make-it-through-ri-general-assembly <p>Several veteran-related bills made it through the General Assembly and are on their way to the governor’s desk. One of those bills gives disabled veterans waivers for classes at state colleges and universities.</p><p></p><p>Another bill lets honorably discharged veterans and National Guard reservists transfer skills they’ve learned during their service to fulfill requirements for trade apprenticeships.</p><p>Lawmakers also passed a resolution urging employers to give veterans who work for them time off on Veteran’s Day.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:16:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 35631 at http://ripr.org Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly RI government and Providence get good credit ratings http://ripr.org/post/ri-government-and-providence-get-good-credit-ratings <p>Some good news on the Wall Street front for the credit ratings of the state and the city of Providence.</p><p>Standard &amp; Poor’s rating agency has affirmed the state’s credit rating and removed Rhode Island government from its CreditWatch list after the General Assembly voted to pay the $12 million installment on the state-backed bonds that financed the ill-fated 38 Studios video game fiasco.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:27:24 +0000 Scott MacKay 35532 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-chafee-lawmakers-approve-moderate-budget <p>The usual special interest groups are blasting the new state budget approved by the General Assembly. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says maybe lawmakers did&nbsp; the best they could in tough times.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s General Assembly has approved an $8.7 billion taxing and spending plan for the financial year that begins July First. This budget has drawn fire from the usual suspects who roam the marble Statehouse corridors lobbying for their causes.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:02:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 35515 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget Chafee Signs $8.7B Spending Plan for FY'15 http://ripr.org/post/chafee-signs-87b-spending-plan-fy15 <p>In a ceremony at the Statehouse today, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law the state's <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText14/HouseText14/H7133Aaa.pdf">budget for fiscal year 2015</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:27:58 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35472 at http://ripr.org Chafee Signs $8.7B Spending Plan for FY'15 Kerrie Bennett leaving URI for Delta Dental http://ripr.org/post/kerrie-bennett-leaving-uri-delta-dental <p>Kerrie Bennett, director of legislative and government relations for the University of Rhode Island, is leaving to take an executive post at Delta Dental, the dental insurer.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:22:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 35453 at http://ripr.org New England Governors Gather To Tackle Growing Drug Abuse Epidemic http://ripr.org/post/new-england-governors-gather-tackle-growing-drug-abuse-epidemic <p>New England governors met this Tuesday, in a one-hour closed session to discuss the region’s response to opioid problem.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:10:12 +0000 John Bender 35372 at http://ripr.org New England Governors Gather To Tackle Growing Drug Abuse Epidemic