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A bill scheduled to be introduced Thursday would use tax credits to try to spark the creation of jobs.  

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) is introducing his job development tax credit bill for the third time. He said it’s modeled on a program that incentivizes larger employers to create jobs by lowering their taxes.

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The state Senate has started scheduling confirmation hearings for four of the nomination made by Governor Gina Raimondo for her administration. The first four hearings center on holdovers from Lincoln Chafee’s time in office.


The confirmation process for Governor Raimondo’s nominees is slated to start next Tuesday. That’s when separate Senate committees will take up the nominations of Charles Fogarty as head of the Division of Elderly Affairs, and of State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell to remain director of the Department of Public Safety.

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse calls a legislative package he unveiled Monday a way to make taxes fairer for middle-class Americans.

Whitehouse says the three bills in his package represent $310 billion dollars over 10 years -- and could help pay for other tax cuts sought by Republicans.

Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, who was sworn in Tuesday, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about trying to reduce the cost of operating HealthSource RI, the outlook on lowering electricity prices, his plans for using his new office, and more.

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Rhode Island's new lieutenant governor, Daniel McKee, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's inaugural address; his focal points as he starts on the job; the challenges facing Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and more.


Legislative leaders opened the new General Assembly session yesterday by pledging to focus on jobs and education.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed unanimously won re-election to their leadership posts.  Mattiello began his chamber’s 2015 session by vowing to keep a continued focus on jobs and the economy.  Mattiello won his first full two-year term as speaker on a unanimous vote.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo was sworn in as the state’s first female governor Tuesday afternoon on the states of the state capitol. 

A small crowd braved the cold and snow to watch the historic event. Gov-elect Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, former Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his wife Stephanie, and former Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts were some of the dignitaries looking on.


Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is being inaugurated Tuesday. The mayor will be taking a RIPTA bus to his inaugural event to highlight the city’s push to become a transportation hub.


On a split vote, the Providence City Council Monday elected a new president.  Luis Aponte says he’ll reach out to the councilors who voted for his opponent.

Aponte has represented Lower South Providence and Washington Park since the late 90s. He defeated rival candidate Nicholas Narducci on a 9-to-6 vote. Aponte said he hopes to work in partnership with the new mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza.  “I plan to whenever and whereever possible work closely with the mayor to ensure that we create a climate where the city can grow and move forward,” said Aponte.

Jorge Elorza Becomes Providence's 38th Mayor

Jan 5, 2015
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Elorza and a crowd of dignitaries braved the wind and cold to see Jorge Elorza be sworn in as the city’s 38th mayor. Governor-elect Gina Raimondo said she is filled with optimism about the city’s future. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was on hand, as was former mayor Angel Taveras, and the state’s entire congressional delegation.

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the outlook for RI Republicans, his legislative priorities for 2015, what went wrong for Allan Fung, and other issues.

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss expectations for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza, as well as state tax policy, HealthSource RI, and more.

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A handful of tax policy changes will take effect in the New Year. The differences include dropping the corporate tax rate, from 9 to 7 percent.

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Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is poised to be inaugurated next Tuesday as Rhode Island's first female governor. She sat down at her transition office Tuesday to discuss the top challenges facing the state and other issues.


Research out of the University of Rhode Island shows that more and more, people are living in communities with a common political view. And the political sorting is becoming more polarized with each election.

Are Republicans and Democrats living side by side? That’s what URI professor Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz wanted to know, so she poured over election data and relocation patterns from 1976 to 2012. She found that communities are becoming more politically polarized, but not because people were moving.