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Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) was among the 13 reps who voted against the new state budget Wednesday night. Morgan stopped by our studio to talk about the spending plan, the GOP legislative outlook for fall elections, and much more.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget passed by the RI House, questions about Rep. John Carnevale's residency, and how to prevent mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida.

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On a 59-to-13 party line vote, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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The House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would allow voters to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of state lawmakers.

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State Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence), vice chairman of the House Finance Committee, faces questions about whether he’s been living outside his legislative district.

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A top General Electric official said Monday there's no guarantee the company will produce hundreds of new jobs with a digital technology center in Providence.

The end of the General Assembly session is coming into sight, summer beckons, and the politics beat remains frenetic. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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On a 14 to 2 vote, the House Finance Committee approved early Wednesday an almost $9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Legislative leaders announced Monday the elimination of a grant program that has sparked controversy following the resignation of former House Finance chairman Ray Gallison last month. They also said they're maintaining control of a smaller grant program that critics call overly politicized.

Happy June, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Governor Gina Raimondo remains non-committal on whether she will veto a bill requiring local approval for a controversial power plant in Burrillville.

Raimondo said changing the way projects are approved part way through the siting process could send an anti-business message.

She was referring to a bill, approved Tuesday by a House committee, requiring approval from Burrillville residents for a proposed power plant to move ahead in the town.

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. It's Memorial Day weekend, so it's a good time to remember the sacrifices of others. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. This week's column is shorter than usual due to a long day at the office. Here we go.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and a string of state representatives on Tuesday excoriated a front page Providence Sunday Journal editorial about community service grants that was published last weekend, saying it misrepresented the legislative process and was based on false assumptions.

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