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On Politics
4:57 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The temperature is rising, the General Assembly's budget vote is drawing closer, and a PawSox deal still hangs in the balance. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
1:34 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Ruggerio Proposing Tax Stabilization Plan for 195 District

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In a bold move, Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio (D-Providence) submitted legislation Thursday proposing tax stabilization standards for the 195 District in Providence.

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Health Care
8:56 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Public Hearing Set For Controversial 'Right To Die' Legislation

A public hearing is set for proposed legislation that would allow terminally ill adults to end their lives with the help of a physician.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Secular and religious factions are forming over proposed “right to die” legislation making its way through the Senate. A hearing on the proposed bill is slated for Thursday. The proposed legislation would allow terminally ill, mentally sound patients to end their lives with the help of a physician.

The Rhode Island Catholic Conference is a vocal critic of the legislation, saying it violates the sanctity of life.

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RI News
5:23 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Compromise Emerges On Minimum Wage Hike

Lawmakers are proposing an minimum wage increase from $9/hour to $9.60.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Lawmakers in Rhode Island's House and Senate labor committees are considering a compromise this week that would increase the state's minimum wage.  But the proposed 60-cent wage hike is less than what some lawmakers had hoped to see. 

Currently, Rhode Island's minimum wage is $9 an hour. The original bill would have hiked the wage to $10.10 as of 2016.  The bill now calls for an increase to $9.60 per hour.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Lucchino, Guardedly, Says PawSox are Pursuing Renegotiation for Providence Ballpark

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As one of the most recognized figures in Major League Baseball, Larry Lucchino has enjoyed exhilarating peaks -- like the Boston Red Sox' remarkable post-season triumph in 2004.

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