Helio Melo http://ripr.org en 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 Mattiello, new RI speaker, cleans House, starts anew amid old RI dealings http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-new-ri-speaker-cleans-house-starts-anew-amid-old-ri-dealings <p>UPDATE: Williams (Labor) Ajello (Judiciary) Melo (Finance) out as committee chairs as Mattiello takes over.</p><p>As has been the case since its days as a British colony, Rhode Island’s florid political culture is once again enmeshed in upheaval because of chicanery in high places.</p><p>The abrupt demise of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence means another episode of &nbsp;&nbsp;`As the Rhode Island Statehouse turns.’</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 30973 at http://ripr.org RI House withdraws tax break for Electric Boat and large manufacturers http://ripr.org/post/ri-house-withdraws-tax-break-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for large manufacturing companies that critics asserted was a giveaway to submarine manufacturer Electric Boat was withdrawn during last night’s &nbsp;Rhode Island House debate over the $8.2 billion state budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.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 http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Approves 2014 Budget http://ripr.org/post/house-finance-committee-approves-2014-budget <p>The House Finance Committee Tuesday passed an $8.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The spending plan doesn’t include any new broad-based taxes and wipes out some of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s initiatives.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:52:58 +0000 Ian Donnis 17155 at http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Approves 2014 Budget