Senate Finance committee en Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls <p>A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to create a new Rhode Island infrastructure fund that would eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, the bill faces several hurdles to take effect.</p><p></p><p>The legislation unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee would generate 800 million dollars over 10 years for keeping up roads and bridges. Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed calls the bill a long-term approach, starting next year, for improving the state’s decaying infrastructure.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:07:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 33207 at Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls Stephen Whitney back as RI Senate fiscal adviser <p>Stephen Whitney is back as fiscal adviser to the R.I. Senate. Whiney worked for the Senate for 11 years until last December, when he went to the budget management office. Whitney replaces Eugene Gessow, who left the post recently. Whitney’s first day is today, according to Senate spokesman Greg Pare.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:49:24 +0000 Scott MacKay 24278 at Senate Finance Committee Reconsiders Renewable Energy Tax Credit <p>The state may once again help out residents looking to add wind or solar power to their homes.&nbsp; The senate finance committee will look at a plan Wednesday to restore a renewable energy tax credit.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:31:16 +0000 Bradley Campbell 15249 at