Politics

Politics
9:28 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Rhode Islanders Head To Washington For The President's State Of The Union Address

Four Rhode Islanders are joining the congressional delegation for tonight’s State of the Union Address.

Rhode Island’s senior Sen. Jack Reed’s guest will be Anne Nolan, president of the non-profit homeless agency Crossroads RI. Sen.

Sheldon Whitehouse is bringing businessman Scott DePasquale, the CEO of Utilidata, a company that moved to Rhode Island from Washington state two years ago.

Over in the House, Congressman Jim Langevin’s guest is Davide Dukcevich of Daniele Foods, a Burrillville company specializing in gourmet Italian meats.

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Political Roundtable
10:56 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Ruggiero on 38 Studios, the Budget, the Pension Case & More

State Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about Governor Lincoln Chafee's latest budget, 38 Studios, pension mediation, and many other issues.

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Governor's Race
9:11 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Party Lines Drawn Over Minimum Wage Increases Between Gubernatorial Candidates

Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, along with fellow Republican candidate Ken Block, says now is not the time to raise the state minimum wage. The two Democratic candidates disagree.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In the governor's race Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage.

It’s an issue that’s dividing candidates along party lines.

Providence Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras was the first to give specifics about a plan to hike the minimum wage.

He’s proposing a two-dollar ten cent increase over the next four years; from eight dollars to ten-dollars ten cents by 2018.

Fellow Democratic candidate for governor, and state treasurer Gina Raimondo wants to see the same increase, but by 2015.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Roundtable: Ruggiero on Gun Legislation, Skills Gap & The Race for Governor

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State Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about a legislative panel looking at the link between mental health and firearms; a new state Senate report on the addressing the skills gap; and developments in the race for governor.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and senate leaders roll out legislation to close Rhode Island's skills gap.
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The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon unveiled a new plan meant to close a skills gap in Rhode Island. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said the “Rhode to Work” plan is a response to business leaders’ complaints that they’re having trouble finding skilled workers.

The plan calls for creating a single workforce training system; improving adult education; and expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Licht on the Economy, Diversity, the Revolving Door & More

State Administration Director Richard Licht joins Bonus Q+A to discuss a range of issues, including Governor Chafee's economic development efforts, the governor's new spending plan.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Political Roundtable: Licht on Chafee's Budget, 38 Studios & the 2014 Race for Governor

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State Department of Administration Director Richard Licht joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Lincoln Chafee's budget proposal; lingering debate over 38 Studios; the 2014 race for governor; and the Cranston ticket controversy.

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Governor's Office
9:02 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Governor Lincoln Chafee Unveils New Budget Proposal

In delivering his last State of the State address Wednesday, Governor Lincoln Chafee said Rhode Island is headed toward better days.

The eight and a half billion dollar budget unveiled by Chafee avoids any broad-based taxes while investing in education and infrastructure.

Chafee spending plan includes more money for K-through-12 education and a tuition freeze at the state’s public colleges. In closing out his speech, the governor quoted pop singer Taylor Swift’s observation that the Ocean State is, quote, “a really good place.”

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Governor's Office
12:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Governor Chafee To Give Final State Of The State

Governor Lincoln Chafee at previous State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee will unveil his last state budget during a State of the State address Wednesday at the Statehouse. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Chafee announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election

Chafee will present his spending plan during a public address to the legislature, which typically makes significant changes to the budget before ending its session in June. During a recent interview, Chafee said his spending priorities remain unchanged.

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RI Elections
12:12 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's Political Future

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
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Now that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has made public that he killed a man in a car accident 25 years ago, the question remains: how will this affect his run for governor?

Veteran Rhode Island pollster Joseph Fleming says he is almost certain that with his emotionally-charged news conference, Fung successfully put the fatal crash in his rear view mirror. 

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