Providence City Council http://ripr.org en Bonus Q&A: Salvatore on Providence's Budget, Development Challenges, Taxes & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-salvatore-providences-budget-development-challenges-taxes-more <p>Ward 14 Providence Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the city's Ways and Means Committee, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the city's long-term obligations; barriers to economic growth; the vacant Superman Building; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32952 at http://ripr.org RI Armenian Community to mark genoicide with march http://ripr.org/post/ri-armenian-community-mark-genoicide-march <p>The Armenian Community of Rhode Island will sponsor a candlelight march tomorrow in Providence to commemorate the 99 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The procession begins at 6:45 from the Sts. Vartanantz Church at 402 Broadway to Providence City Hall, followed by a program in the city council chambers.</p><p>The event is part of a national and international commemoration of the genocide, where more than a million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks and thousands more were deported.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:56:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 32507 at http://ripr.org 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