Providence City Council http://ripr.org en Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson? http://ripr.org/post/why-did-taveras-flunk-his-swim-lesson <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is scheduled on Monday to become the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy for his party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. The 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer’s State House ambitions have been one of Rhode Island’s worst-kept secrets.</p><p></p><p>Taveras, who would be the state’s first governor of Latino ancestry, will make his announcement at 10 a.m. at Meeting Street School. He will speak to a relatively small gathering of family, friends, elected officials who support him and reporters, then take questions from members of the media.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:01:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 23856 at http://ripr.org Why did Taveras flunk his swim lesson? No Easy Answers To Providence's High Tax Rate http://ripr.org/post/no-easy-answers-providences-high-tax-rate <p>The head of the Providence City Council says there aren’t any easy answers for cutting high commercial taxes in the capital city. Providence has among the highest commercial tax rates in the country.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has frozen the commercial tax rate in Rhode Island’s largest city. But the cost of the tax is still seen as an obstacle to new development.</p><p>City Council President Michael Solomon says city officials are limited in their ability to improve the situation beyond trying to encourage a broader tax base.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:26:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 21243 at http://ripr.org No Easy Answers To Providence's High Tax Rate