IRS en Time to try something new on Smith Hill? <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island State House. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p>Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:18:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 31190 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? <p>Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:01:19 +0000 Scott MacKay 30844 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? Rhode Island Congressmen Voice Disapproval of IRS <p>Rhode Island’s two U.S. senators are weighing in on the IRS scandal.&nbsp; The agency charged with collecting taxes has been targeting conservative groups for special attention in their applications for tax-exempt status.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:16:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 15919 at State ends free tax prep service <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) A spike in fraudulent income tax returns has prompted the suspension of a free state tax preparation service.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:54:51 +0000 Flo Jonic & f 7261 at