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2:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence City Hall slams council faction’s plan for allocating road repair money

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is “completely opposed” to a plan by some city councilors to use a ward-based approach in allocating money for road repairs, says spokesman David Ortiz:

Ortiz says the council proposal would claim half of the money from a planned $40 million money road-repair bond “to break into pots of money they can spend at their discretion.”

He adds:

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1:09 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence council pushing for ward-based approach to road repairs

A special meeting at 6 pm today will take up a push by some Providence City Councilors to use a ward-based approach in making $40 million in envisioned road repairs.

Ward 12 Councilor Terry Hassett says councilors plan to review the bonding authority for the improvements:

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11:12 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Bob Walsh on the pension lawsuit: “The state went too far in making changes”

Here’s a link to the audio for my Q+A with Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, on the lawsuit by a series of unions against the state’s 2011 pension overhaul.

Politics
3:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Gov. Chafee: more high-ranking women in RI government

Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gov. Lincoln Chafee has been unable to jump start Rhode Island's stalled economy, but he says he has fulfilled another campaign promise.

Chafee says he has more than doubled the number of women in high ranking state positions as he promised to do when he ran for office.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Gov. Chafee: The facts will support my position on 38 Studios

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he feels vindicated by testimony during the bankruptcy case of failed video game maker 38 Studios.

A bankruptcy meeting on the company's debts and assets began Tuesday in Wilmington, DE. Chafee says the testimony supports his stance in 2010 that 38 Studios was a bad bet for public dollars.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Sen. Rhoda Perry not seeking re-election

Courtesy: RI General Assembly

PROVIDENCE, RI – A veteran Rhode Island state lawmaker says she will not seek re-election. State Senator Rhoda Perry is calling it quits after 22 years on the job. She leaves a legacy of commitment to liberal causes.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

RI reaction to Affordable Care Act ruling

PROVIDENCE, RI – State officials in charge of implementing the president's health insurance law are reacting with a mixture of relief and happiness to the Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

RI celebrates the Homeless Bill of Rights

Coalition for the Homeless executive director Jim Ryczek celebrating the new law at the state capitol.
Photo by: Keianas Eason

PROVIDENCE, RI – Homeless advocates celebrated on the steps of the state capitol Wednesday afternoon as Gov. Lincoln Chafee ceremoniously signed a copy of the Homeless Bill of Rights.


With the wind blowing and music pumping, the homeless and their advocates gathered on the front steps of the capitol as the governor signed an enlarged copy of a bill that formally bans discriminating against the homeless.

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Politics
7:35 am
Tue June 19, 2012

State GOP reveals list of legislative candidates

PROVIDENCE, RI – The state Republican Party unveiled its latest batch of legislative challengers during a Statehouse news conference Monday. The GOP hopes to run as many as 50 candidates legislative seats.

The Republican candidates touched on many of the same themes. They say ruling General Assembly Democrats are hurting the state through too much spending and too many tax increases. GOP Chairman Mark Zaccaria says running fewer candidates than in the past is a deliberate strategy.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Woonsocket leaders avoiding takeover, schools asking for it

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the budget commission overseeing Woonsocket's finances said Wednesday he wants to avoid moving the city into receivership or bankruptcy. The commission hopes to close the city's current $7 million deficit through consolidation and spending cuts.

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