Scott Avedesian http://ripr.org en Bonus Q+A: Mollis on the Master Lever, His Record as Secretary of State + More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-mollis-master-lever-his-record-secretary-state-more <p>Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about his record after two terms in the job, his qualifications for lieutenant governor and a range of other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 22659 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island's consolidation blues http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islands-consolidation-blues <p>The high cost of local government in Rhode Island has forever been an issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why – even in a recession- our little state can’t make progress on consolidating municipal services.</p><p>It seemed like a smart and easy way for both Warwick and East Greenwich to save taxpayer money. In 2011, at the depth of the recession, leaders of the two communities got together to see if they could merge fire dispatch services in a way that would incorporate new technologies and save money.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:25:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 10803 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island's consolidation blues Ousted RIPTA CEO to get $130K and health insurance http://ripr.org/post/ousted-ripta-ceo-get-130k-and-health-insurance <p>The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority&nbsp; has severed ties with its CEO.&nbsp; Charles Odimgbe&nbsp; has agreed to leave the transit agency after months of being on paid administrative leave.</p><p>According to a separation agreement between Charles Odimgbe and&nbsp; RIPTA, Odimgbe’s&nbsp; last day with the agency was December 27th.&nbsp; He will receive a severance payment of $130,000 plus compensation for any unused sick or vacation time.<br><br>Odimgbe was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a video camera was found covered up in a room where cash is handled.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:10:33 +0000 Flo Jonic 9450 at http://ripr.org Ousted RIPTA CEO to get $130K and health insurance