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In the governor's race Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage.

It’s an issue that’s dividing candidates along party lines.

Providence Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras was the first to give specifics about a plan to hike the minimum wage.

He’s proposing a two-dollar ten cent increase over the next four years; from eight dollars to ten-dollars ten cents by 2018.

Fellow Democratic candidate for governor, and state treasurer Gina Raimondo wants to see the same increase, but by 2015.

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State Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about a legislative panel looking at the link between mental health and firearms; a new state Senate report on the addressing the skills gap; and developments in the race for governor.

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Providence Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras announced his plan Thursday to raise the state’s minimum wage over the course of the next four years; should he be elected governor.

At the start of the New Year, Rhode Island’s minimum wage went from $7.75 cents to 8 bucks. Now Taveras wants the state to incrementally raise its minimum wage to ten dollars ten-cents by 2018.

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Gina Raimondo's campaign for governor wants to reach an agreement with Angel Taveras and Clay Pell to eliminate outside spending in the expected three-way Democratic primary, her campaign manager said Tuesday.

"We want an agreement that eliminates any and all outside spending," said Eric Hyers.

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Although Clay Pell doesn't plan to make a formal decision until later this month, he's already speaking as if he's mind up his mind to enter the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

"I believe that Rhode Island is at a crossroads and that we have to inject a new level of energy into moving the state forward, to thinking creatively about the economy, to thinking boldly about how we're going to equip our students with the skills that they need. And I believe we can't wait any longer; I want to take action now."

Providence Seeks Audit Of Local Non-Profit

Jan 15, 2014

The city of Providence is seeking to audit the non-profit organization the Urban League of Rhode Island.

The League is trying to sell their headquarters, despite a contract with the city.

In 1990 Providence sold the Urban League of Rhode Island their current headquarters for one dollar.

The non-profit moved into the building under the condition that it would be returned to the city, if the group ever left.

Now the Providence Journal reports that Urban League wants to sell its headquarters for $2.6 million.

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Gina Raimondo unveiled the next phase in her campaign for governor by outlining a series of broad policy ideas -- emphasizing the economy, education, and infrastructure -- before a packed room of supporters Monday morning at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo started fleshing out her vision for Rhode Island as she formally announced her campaign Monday morning.

Raimondo emphasized the economy, laying out ideas that include writing off some college loans to encourage grads to stay in Rhode Island, creating a funding formula for road and bridge improvements, and establishing an institute to foster growth-sector jobs.

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Governor Lincoln Chafee says he still hasn’t decided which candidate to support in this year’s gubernatorial race but he’s decided one thing.  Chafee, a Republican-turned independent-turned Democrat, said there’s no way he would endorse a Republican.

"I’m a democrat and I’m a very proud member of the democratic party now. It’s been an evolution, as you know. And I’m proud to become a democrat and stand up for the values of building the middle class and closing the disparity of wealth that exists in this country and that’s what I care about," said Chafee.

Mayor Angel Taveras reports that for the first time in the 159-year history of the Providence Fire Department, a women recruit –Alison Philbrick, 28, of North Providence – is graduating at the top of the 54-member recruit class.

The new recruits range in age from 20 to 44, include 20 Providence residents and three women. Four grads are military veterans, two of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year marks the 50th class of fire academy graduates in Providence.

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the possible fate in the General Assembly of the 2011 pension overhaul; continued fallout from the failure of 38 Studios; and the intensifying race for governor.

Your faithful correspondent is breaking from TGIF's usual format this week to gaze ahead into 2014. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa is appointing Matthew Jerzyk, formerly deputy city solicitor in Providence, as city solicitor in Central Falls, effective January 6.

State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo -- who developed a national profile after spearheading a significant overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system in 2011 -- announced in a four-and-a-half-minute video emailed to supporters today that she is indeed running to become governor next year.

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Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Jesse Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly, coined the term back in 1966. ``Money,’’ said Unruh. ``is the mother’s milk of politics.’’

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