On Politics

Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Raimondo Unveils $1.1 Billion Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Raimondo speaks while joined by legislative leaders and other officials.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Standing under a decaying highway overpass in Olneyville, Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday unveiled a plan to improve Rhode Island's crumbling bridges by imposing a yet-to-be determined charge on large commercial trucks.

The plan calls for a $700 million bond issue, to be included as part of the budget for the next fiscal year, to jump-start transit-related construction work. To the delight of unionized workers in attendance, Raimondo characterized the initiative -- dubbed "Rhode Works" -- as a measure that will improve infrastructure while creating construction jobs.

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Magaziner Unveils Transparency Initiative for the Treasurer's Office

Magaziner (center) flanked by deputy treasurers Jeffrey Padwa and Patrick Marr.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner on Tuesday unveiled an initiative to bring more transparency to his office.

Magaziner says his initiative will make the treasurer’s office a national leader in transparency. For example, he said one new policy requires investment fund managers that want state business to disclose information about their finances.

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On Politics
3:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

TGIF: 9 Questions About Rhode Island's 2015 Summer & Some Bonus Items

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Mea Culpa: Please see Number 1A (below). We're breaking from TGIF's usual format this week to look at key questions facing Rhode Island at the traditional start to summer. While the season of beaches and barbecues is generally a more relaxed time, a lot of significant outcomes hang in the balance. So thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share your thoughts and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Elorza Says Further Steps Needed to Stabilize Providence's Finances

Elorza speaking during a City Hall news conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Thursday an independent analysis shows Rhode Island's capital city will face a stream of annual structural deficits of between $11 million and $19 million, starting in July 2016, and he called for new steps to strengthen the city's financial standing.

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

State, Union Lawyers Call for Judge to Approve RI Pension Settlement

State lawyer John Tarantino called the settlement best for everyone involved.
Credit Pool Photo/Kathy Borchers / The Providence Journal

A multi-day hearing to determine the fairness of the proposed state pension settlement started in Superior Court Wednesday. Fewer than 70 current state workers and retirees are expected to urge Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to reject the deal.

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