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Economy
9:51 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Pawtucket Mayor Unveils Budget With No Tax Increase

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien has proposed a budget that excludes any tax hike for residents or businesses. The proposed 112-million dollar budget includes buying a rescue vehicle to cut overtime costs, giving schools 600-thousand extra dollars, and setting aside money in the rainy day fund. Grebien said the arrival of new businesses, cuts in city staff, and grant revenue helped craft the budget.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Watch Continues on Possible Settlement in Pension Case

Speculation continues about whether a settlement will emerge from closed-door pension mediation as soon as next week.

The head of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Daniel Beardsley, is worried that a settlement could hike pension costs for communities by more than $100 million. The league outlines its concerns in a new white paper. But as Beardsley says, it remains unclear if the General Assembly will be receptive to approving a settlement.

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On Politics
4:21 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to the list.

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On Politics
3:28 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Woonsocket retirees being asked to accept concessions

Municipal retirees in Woonsocket are being asked Monday to accept pension and healthcare concessions as part of a five-year plan to improve the city's finances.

City Council President John Ward, a member of a state budget commission, says a freeze in 3 percent annual cost of living adjustments in Woonsocket's local pension plan is part of the proposal.

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On Politics
3:07 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Gallogly targeting November 6 for mayoral election in Central Falls

State Revenue director Rosemary Booth Gallogly hope to finalize the November 6 presidential election as the date for choosing a successor to Charles Moreau.

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On Politics
3:06 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Polisena: voters need to press legislators for answers

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena tends to get somewhat less attention than some of his counterparts from other cities. But Polisena was candid and quotable during a visit to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable last week. Here are some of the highlights:

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Johnston’s Polisena says he bulked up his campaign account to fend off the firefighters’ union

 It might not be Raimondo-like, but Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena buttressed one of the state’s 10-largest campaign accounts ($135,242) by adding clos

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Moody’s offers mixed comment on RI’s 2013 budget

Moody’s Investors Service says the $8.1 billion budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee on June 15 “is credit positive for Central Falls and schools, but leaves Woonsocket and pensions unaddressed.”

Moody’s points to “a material increase in funding for schools” — $34 million, or almost 4 percent, “marking the third consecutive annual increase in school funding. State funding for education now stands at over $900 million, well above pre-recession peak.”

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On Politics
5:21 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Nocera calls Brien a smart ALEC; rep says NYT column a “hit piece”

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist once famously talked about shrinking the federal government “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” Providence native Joe Nocera uses his New York Times’ op-ed column today to argue that state Representative Jon Brien is wielding a similar cudgel to cut spending in Woonsocket:

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Ward says Woonsocket has a strong legal hand to make cuts if talks fail; Brien defends anti-tax stan

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward invokes the example set by Providence in describing how the city might wipe out its deficit if negotiations with unions don’t get the job done.

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