Gina Raimondo

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Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, a managing partner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was in Rhode Island to speak with the 195 District Commission Monday about the PawSox's proposal for a new stadium in ballpark. Lucchino sat down with me ahead of the commission's meeting to discuss the proposal.

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In a letter sent Saturday, the Pawtucket Red Sox' new ownership requests a meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo "to consider various alternatives and explore ways to accomplish our mutual objective" of keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island with a Providence stadium, "including the possible purchase of the state land for the ballpark."

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the Pawtucket Red Sox' request for $120 million in state lease payments over 30 years; Twin River's proposal to establish a casino in Tiverton; and some of the major changes he foresees for Governor Gina Raimondo's budget proposal.

You can hear more of our conversation with Speaker Mattiello on Bonus Q+A.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the PawSox' proposal for a Providence stadium; state efforts to curb Medicaid spending; the state of ethics reform at the Statehouse; and much more.

You can hear more of our conversation with Speaker Mattiello on Political Roundtable.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to eliminate the "Taylor Swift tax"  -- Governor Gina Raimondo's proposed statewide property tax on vacation homes worth more than $1 million.

"I'm hoping that the revenues are there to eliminate that," Mattiello said during a taping Thursday of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable. "You could look to see that eliminated. I agree with the public sentiment that you don't open the door to a new tax, because it's just going to expand in the future, so that's something that I'm really looking to eliminate."

Members of Gov. Gina Raimondo's Reinvent Medicaid task force huddled for hours Wednesday to go over nearly three dozen initiatives designed to save Medicaid money. Their goal: find $90 million dollars in savings for Medicaid, the state's medical assistance program for the poor.

Here's a run down of where the effort is headed, straight from the fourth floor board room at CCRI in Warwick, where the meeting was held.

As anticipated, the biggest savings are projected to come from institutional health care providers.

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An 11-year-old Newport girl, Khatima Bulmer, got VIP access to the corridors of power at the Statehouse as the state’s governor for a day on Wednesday.

Bulmer got the distinction by winning an essay contest organized by the Ocean State’s first female governor, Gina Raimondo.

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The parent company of Twin River proposed Tuesday, in essence, to relocate Newport Grand's video lottery terminals to a new location in Tiverton, close to the border with Fall River, Massachusetts, while adding 30 to 40 table games at the new site.

After two snow-packed months, the apparent settling of the pension conflict, and Lincoln Chafee's surprising emergence as a possible presidential hopeful, Rhode Island confronts a sharp debate involving baseball, public dollars, and the future of the state. No pressure, right? Thanks, as always, for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

The debate over Rhode Island taxpayer support for a new stadium for the PawSox in Providence has started. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay talks about state government’s next move.

Listening to the opening salvos in the Providence stadium debate reminds one of William Faulkner’s dictum about the American South: "The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.’’

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Governor Gina Raimondo marked her 100th day in office Thursday. Raimondo is taking part in several events to mark the occasion.


Along with two other appearances, Governor Raimondo is celebrating the 100th anniversary of two northern Rhode Island businesses, Yacht Club Soda and Navigant Credit Union.

Raimondo won election in November as the state’s first female governor. Since taking office, she’s dealt with severe winter weather and touted her proposed budget as a way to revitalize Rhode Island’s economy.

Two economists take differing views of the PawSox’ proposal to build a stadium in downtown Providence. One says the plan would bring strong potential for economic development. But as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports, another economist says the public investment isn’t worth it.

Victor Matheson studies the economics of sports and gaming at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He takes a skeptical view of the PawSox proposal to spend some $85 million on a baseball park on the Providence waterfront.

RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the PawSox' pitch for a Providence stadium, efforts to boost economic development in Rhode Island, and much more.

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RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the PawSox' pitch for state help for a Providence ballpark; how incentives fit into economic development; and Governor Raimondo's budget.