submarines en Sen. Reed Seeks To Preserve RI Naval And Sub Spending <p>Sen. Jack Reed has begun reviewing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military budget. Reed is a member of the senate Armed Services Committee, which will play a role in passing legislation to enact the budget. He says he’s looking carefully for ways to balance the need to trim spending while ensuring the nation’s military can meet the new kinds of security threats it may face in the future.</p><p>For example, Reed says he hopes to maintain funding for Rhode Island-based military research.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:12:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29686 at Sen. Reed Seeks To Preserve RI Naval And Sub Spending Electric Boat Commits To Expansion In Rhode Island <p>Submarine maker Electric Boat is expanding its presence in the state.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Electric Boat has signed a 25-year-lease that expands its footprint at the Quonset Business Park by 40 percent.&nbsp;&nbsp; The company makes Virginia Class nuclear submarines for the Navy. The Navy recently doubled its order from one sub to two. Steve King, director of the Quonset Development Corporation which negotiated the lease, says the company will use the new space to accommodate the heavier workload.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:49:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 26523 at Electric Boat Commits To Expansion In Rhode Island RI House withdraws tax break for Electric Boat and large manufacturers <p>A special tax break deal&nbsp; for large manufacturing companies that critics asserted was a giveaway to submarine manufacturer Electric Boat was withdrawn during last night’s &nbsp;Rhode Island House debate over the $8.2 billion state budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:07:10 +0000 Scott MacKay 17493 at A RI taxpayer giveaway to Electric Boat? <p>At this time of the RI General Assembly session every year, when the State House gets as hot as a sauna and the rhetoric boils over, lawmakers are confronted with money items tucked into the arcane language of the state budget that don’t seem to have received much discussion but have an impact on state taxpayers.</p><p>One that for the most part has dropped below the media radar is what appears to be some very favorable treatment for a huge defense contractor that doesn’t really need state financial help, the Electric Boat division of General &nbsp;Dynamics.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:57:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 17385 at