Gina Raimondo

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A budget proposal is like a map, showing you where an agency wants to invest more money, and where it plans to cut. It reveals an administration’s priorities for the future– and holds them accountable for what they did or didn’t accomplish in the past. I’ll be your tour guide for this year’s health and human services proposal.

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Governor Gina Raimondo unveiled a $9 billion budget Tuesday night, touting it as a way to grow Rhode Island's economy while making the state more hospitable to business.

Attracting business, boosting the skills of workers, and improving Rhode Island's business climate are expected to be among the focal points of Governor Gina Raimondo's second budget proposal.

The governor will unveil her spending plan at 7 pm Tuesday during the annual State of the State address


Governor Gina Raimondo has announced a new program to pay for SAT and PSAT testing for public high school 10th and 11th graders.

Governor Gina Raimondo is requesting 500-thousand dollars from the General Assembly, to cover the cost of testing. Currently, students pay $54 to take the SAT and $15 for the PSAT. The SAT, or a similar test, is required to apply to many colleges.

Raimondo said she hopes to encourage more public school students to take the test.

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Lawmakers in the Senate and House Finance committees are expected to take up a controversial bill on truck tolls on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively Legislative leaders have proposed a compromise to raise money for road and bridge repairs.

The new bill would cap truck tolls at $20 for a rig crossing the state. It would also cut the number of toll gantries from 17 to 14. And reduce the amount of money the state borrows for road and bridge repairs.

The inimitable Buddy Cianci passes from the Rhode Island scene, making waves even after his death. 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.

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Governor Gina Raimondo reversed course Friday on an earlier decision not to order flags at half-staff in recognition of the death Thursday of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci.

Spokeswoman Marie Aberger said Raimondo reflected on her earlier decision and decided to order flags to be lowered at half-staff because "it was the right thing to do, and out of respect for the office that Buddy held for 20 years."

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Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the passing of Buddy Cianci and the fiscal outlooks of the City of Providence and Rhode Island.

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A revised truck toll bill is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly Thursday.

House Majority Leader John DeSimone is expected to introduce the bill in the House, while Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio will sponsor the bill in the Senate.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has signaled his support for hundreds of million dollars fewer borrowing than contained in the original proposal unveiled last year by Governor Gina Raimondo.

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During a lunchtime conversation with reporters Tuesday, Governor Gina Raimondo offered fresh details on the state's pursuit of General Electric, touted what she cited as a positive series of steps on economic development, and called on Rhode Islanders to be more receptive to different ways of pursuing government initiatives.

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Rhode Island has yet another study on what ails our state’s economy, this time from the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think-tank. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what it will take to translate this plan into action.

Winter is here in earnest, with weekend snow, and the political beat is revving at full throttle. Thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and feedback are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State Rep. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick), and the chairman of the House Labor Committee, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about a series of legislative issues, including ethics, tolls, incentives, and firefighter overtime.

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State Rep. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Brookings' recommendations on the state's economy; and whether it's appropriate for Governor Raimondo to use university foundations to fund some of her initiatives.

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Due to the possibility of a major snow storm this weekend, Governor Gina Raimondo canceled her plan to leave Wednesday night for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The governor said keeping Rhode Islanders safe is her top priority. Spokeswoman Marie Aberger said the decision to scrap the trip was made with "imperfect [weather]information," four days ahead of the storm's expected impact.