Gina Raimondo

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As expected, Governor Raimondo's controversial truck toll proposal quickly emerged as a hot topic on the first day of the 2016 General Assembly session. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said he expects a revised version of the governor's plan to emerge in a week or two, although it might take longer, and that he anticipates passage early in the session. 

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The General Assembly opens its new session Tuesday. Governor Raimondo’s plan to use truck tolls to pay for bridge improvements will be among the top issues during the legislative session.

Opponents of truck tolls plan to stage a 3 pm rally at the State House this afternoon. 

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The 2016 Rhode Island General Assembly session kicks off tomorrow. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has a preview of what to expect and some New Year's resolutions to suggest to the returning lawmakers.

As predictable as a winter chill, lawmakers throng Smith Hill tomorrow for the new  year. There will be the usual mélange of grandstanding,  pomposity and first-day-of- school style greetings.

Happy New Year! Thanks for reading and listening to our work here at RIPR, and best wishes for 2016 -- a time, no doubt, when Rhode Island politics will remain the gift that keeps on giving. As usual, you can share your tips and thoughts via email, and follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to implement a truck-toll plan that does not rely on bonding, or that would have a much smaller amount of borrowing. As lawmakers prepare to return to the State House next week, Mattiello’s spokesman says the speaker considers this possible due to a recent infusion of federal transportation money.

Critics call the borrowing in Raimondo’s "RhodeWorks" plan too costly. The governor says the borrowing is necessary to reverse the decline of the state’s bridges.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) said Tuesday that Governor Gina Raimondo is not being forthcoming enough about her truck toll plan, although a Raimondo spokeswoman reiterated that preliminary locations for truck tolls will be identified at a later date.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello sat down in his State House office last week to discuss his priorities for 2016 and his year as speaker.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said he supports the basic premise of Governor Raimondo’s plan to pay for bridge improvements through truck tolls, during his wide-ranging end-of-year interview with Rhode Island Public Radio.

The governor’s infrastructure plan died in the 2015 legislative session when it did not get a vote in the House.

There's just one week until Christmas, so I want to wish a very happy holiday season to my readers, and offer my thanks for stopping by in 2015. (Program note: TGIF is taking next week off and will return December 31.) As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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As the days dwindle to 2016, Scott MacKay has some Christmas and New Year’s thoughts for Rhode Island’s politicians. With sincere apologies to Clement Moore.

Michael Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's performance on the economy; the governor's truck-toll proposal; and the latest developments involving the House Oversight Committee and 38 Studios.

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In the second installment of our year-end interview with Governor Gina Raimondo, she talks about her next budget proposal, the financial outlook in Providence, her attempt to cut Medicaid spending, whether new steps are needed to fight corruption, and more.

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Gina Raimondo has had a busy year since taking office as Rhode Island’s first female governor last January. The Democrat campaigned on a theme of improving the state’s economy, and that remains a central issue.

Raimondo recently sat down in her State House office to discuss  her first year with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. We're headed toward the pre-holiday slowdown, although the political hot stove league continues to simmer. As usual, your tips and thoughts are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters throughout the week. Here we go.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins the Bonus Q+A segment this week to discuss the effectiveness of the Raimondo administration's incentive program; whether the state can play a role in reviving the Superman Building; attempts to attract a Cambridge Innovation Center office, and much more.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to talk about Wexford Science & Technology's proposal for the I-195 District; Rhode Island's attempt to attract General Electric from Connecticut; and Gov. Raimondo's first-year record on economic development.

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