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Politics
5:32 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Raimondo Touts "Lean" Effort to Make Government More Responsive

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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order meant to foster efficiency and innovation through a so-called lean government initiative. The governor says this will make state government more responsive to the people it serves.

The governor’s office calls lean initiatives a proven tool used by manufacturers to eliminate waste, reduce expenses, and encourage efficiency.

Raimondo says lean practices are meant to promote a workplace culture of continuous improvement. In the governor’s words, Rhode Islanders deserve a government that moves at the speed of business.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Bills Introduced To Curb Misuse Of Campaign Finances

Lawmakers hope to stem misuse of campaign finance with the introduction of two new bills.
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Two bills meant to discourage the misuse of campaign accounts have cleared an initial hurdle at the General Assembly.  Efforts to restore the state Ethics Commission’s oversight of the legislature continue to languish.

Legislative committees have passed a bill requiring candidates to have a separate bank account for their campaign money. Another bill would make public officeholders file an annual bank statement to back up the information in their campaign spending reports.

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Politics
8:48 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Candidates Owe More Than $2M In Fines To RI Board Of Elections

Candidates who’ve run for office owe a total of more than $2 million in fines to the state Board of Elections for past-due campaign reports. The board collected about $43,000 in fines last year.

Former South Kingstown State Senator Patrick McDonald owes the most – nearly $214,000 -- in the Board of Election’s newly posted list of outstanding fines. The outlook for collecting that money is considered bleak as McDonald is currently serving prison time for embezzlement.

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Politics
9:27 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Supreme Court Takes Up Case Dealing With Government Transparency

  The state Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case involving police reports from a party hosted by the son of former governor Lincoln Chafee. The case is considered an important test of government transparency.

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Politics
9:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

House Judiciary Committee Set To Take Up Slate Of Bills Tuesday

The House Judiciary Committee is set to take up a slate of legislation Tuesday.
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A House committee is slated to vote Tuesday on several bills filed after a Providence lawmaker was accused of misappropriating campaign funds. One of the bills would require officeholders to file an annual bank statement to back up information on campaign reports.

House Judiciary will also vote on bills calling for separate campaign accounts for public officeholders, and in some cases, for finance reports to be filed by someone other than the officeholder.

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