A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect. The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport want to make the American Burying Beetle the Ocean State’s official bug.
Their teacher Linda Spinney says the students will make their case at the Statehouse Thursday before lawmakers.
“We’re taking the school bus up there today. It will be a late night for them but I think their parents want them to really see the process and where it takes you when your voices are heard.”
The last budget crafted by former Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration and the General Assembly seems to be holding up fairly well, according to the latest revenue assessment by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.
The official state bean-counters say that adjusted total general revenues are up about $61 million more than expected in the current budget year, which ends on June 30. This is good news for a state that has been slowly emerging from the recession.
The 2.6 percent increase in revenues is fueled by increases in the personal income tax and the corporate tax.
Rhode Island’s General Assembly today will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Rep. Katherine Kazarian, D-East Providence, will introduce a resolution calling on President Obama to formally recognize the genocide.
In a joint ceremony with the Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island, the ceremony will feature clergy from the state’s three Armenian churches, followed by the presentation of colors and the singing of Mer Hairenick, the Armenian national anthem. A speaking program is also planned.
Some good news from the Rhode Island Department of Revenue: The latest budget numbers from state government show state revenues up nearly $50 million ahead of projections.
Rosemary Gallogly, the outgoing director of revenue, said in a statement that year-to-date revenues are up about $47 million above the estimates.
The revenue growth has been fueled largely by an increase in personal income tax money. That could be a sign that the economy is gaining traction as Rhode Island’s slow recovery from the recession picks up steam.
If the state gives financial incentives to Providence to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new stadium to be built on the Providence waterfront, Pawtucket plans to seek state money to raze and redevelop McCoy.
That’s the word from Tony Pires, administration director for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, after a meeting today with members of the Pawtucket City Council and the General Assembly’s Pawtucket delegation.