PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee was on the road yesterday promoting the budget he presented to the General Assembly the day before. In the Tuesday night speech he invoked the name of his barber, Ernie, to support his proposal to impose a six percent sales tax on some goods and services that have never been taxed.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Jack Reed says the international community should take the lead in trying to oust Libya's government.
Reed says the U.S. should be cautious about using military force in Libya, because doing so would raise expectations of a deeper American involvement. Instead, he says, the US should work with its United Nations colleagues for change in Libya.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has briefed leaders of the General Assembly on his budget proposal a day before he publicly announces his strategy for addressing the state's budget deficit.
Chafee, an independent, met with state House and Senate leaders Monday afternoon in the Statehouse. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would not reveal details of Chafee's proposal. She said Chafee avoided budget details during the meeting and instead presented his "overarching vision" for the budget.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A former North Providence town councilman accused of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes is scheduled to return to court today for a change-of-plea hearing to federal conspiracy, bribery and extortion charges.
John Zambarano is also expected to plead guilty to his role in an unrelated insurance fraud scheme.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senators from Rhode Island, Florida, New York, and West Virginia say Florida's governor should enact a program to better track the growing trade of abused prescription drugs to other states, a route called the "flamingo express."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Advocates are renewing an effort for undocumented immigrants to be able to attend state colleges for the same in-state tuition as U.S. citizens.
Senator Juan Pichardo, a cosponsor of the bill, addressed supporters yesterday during a State House rally.
"This is a moral imperative," Pichardo said. "It does not make any sense to deny any young student the opportunity they have created to excel and reach their full potential in higher education. We all benefit at the end."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has scheduled his first major address to the General Assembly. It will be a combined budget address and state of the state speech.
It's scheduled for March 8th, probably in the evening.
Rhode Island faces a nearly $300 million deficit in the budget year beginning July 1. During his campaign for governor he proposed a one percent tax on items currently exempt from the state's seven percent sales tax.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Supporters call legalizing same-sex marriage the right thing to do. During a House Judiciary hearing yesterday on related legislation, they also say it would stimulate an economic windfall for Rhode Island.
Providence real estate agent Jim DeRentis says almost all of Rhode Island's 40 largest companies offer benefits to same-sex couples or ban discrimination based on orientation.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence City Council is slated to take a preliminary vote this evening on a new $638 million budget.
Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is poised to end an unprecedented situation in which it has operated for months without a budget. Two votes are necessary to approve the spending plan, and the second is expected later this month.
A recently completed audit found that the city's liabilities for the fiscal year ending last June 13 exceeded its assets by $20 million.