RI Senate http://ripr.org en RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour http://ripr.org/post/ri-assembly-poised-hike-minimum-wage-9-hour <p>UPDATE: This was approved: Rhode Island’s low-skill minimum wage workers will very likely get a wage increase under legislation that the Rhode Island House is poised to approve before the end of the current legislative session.</p><p></p><p>The measure would jump the state’s floor wage for workers from the current $8 per hour to $9 on January 1, 2015. Such legislation has been approved by the state Senate and the House Labor Committee and has been posted for action by the full House tomorrow.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:05:13 +0000 Scott MacKay 35335 at http://ripr.org RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-passes-state-budget-awaits-governors-approval <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign into law the $8.7 billion budget passed Monday by the Rhode Island Senate. Senators took less than an hour to passing the spending plan on a 32-to-five vote.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:31:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 35306 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-takes-87-billion-state-budget <p>The state Senate is expected Monday to approve a new budget for the fiscal year starting July first.&nbsp; The House of Representatives passed the spending plan early last Friday morning.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:16:59 +0000 Ian Donnis 35243 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget Chafee nominates Erickson, Perry to RI Board of Elections http://ripr.org/post/chafee-nominates-erickson-perry-ri-board-elections <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed a veteran Republican and a veteran Democrat to the R.I. State Board of Elections.</p><p>The Republican is Stephen Erickson, a retired state District Court judge and former state representative. Erickson was an associate justice of the R.I. District Court from 1990 until 2010 and was supervising judge in Kent County from 1997 to 2001. He currently is an adjunct professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island &nbsp;and Boston University Law School.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:21:32 +0000 Scott MacKay 34366 at http://ripr.org Leo Skenyon to become Speaker Mattiello chief of staff http://ripr.org/post/leo-skenyon-become-speaker-mattiello-chief-staff <p>UPDATE: Skenyon began working in Mattiello's office today, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.</p><p></p><p>With rumors dancing through the Statehouse corridors of power, new House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has yet to reveal his leadership team. Which isn’t unusual, considering he wasn’t formally elected speaker until about an hour ago.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:40:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 31041 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-hello-2014-general-assemblys-2013-hangover <p>Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.</p><p></p><p></p><p>By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s&nbsp; hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.</p><p>The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident: &nbsp;As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:02:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 27130 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover The Good and Bad of 2013 RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/good-and-bad-2013-ri-general-assembly <p>Rhode Island’s 2013 General Assembly made history by legalizing gay marriage. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers don’t handle other issues in the same manner.</p><p>After a vigorous debate, the Assembly made history in April when it approved same gender marriage, making Rhode Island the 12<sup>th</sup> American state to sanction gay unions.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:54:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 17939 at http://ripr.org