Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org en Marcello On Fallout From the Speaker Fight http://ripr.org/post/marcello-fallout-speaker-fight <p></p><p>State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), who <a href="http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-wins-overwhelming-vote-speaker-vows-economic-focus">lost the battle last month to succeed Gordon Fox</a> as House speaker, says he's unsure if members of the faction that backed him will try to increase their numbers by supporting primary challengers this September.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:46:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 31870 at http://ripr.org Marcello On Fallout From the Speaker Fight The Bottom Line: Maintaining Bridges With Or Without Tolls http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-maintaining-bridges-or-without-tolls <div class="card-text"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A state representative says he's outlived one Sakonnet River Bridges in his lifetime. He's concerned about whether the state will find the funds to maintain the current one.</p><p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Dave Fallon 31554 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Maintaining Bridges With Or Without Tolls Bonus Q+A: Mattiello on the Pension Settlement, Tolls, Ethics, the Master Lever & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-mattiello-pension-settlement-tolls-ethics-master-lever-more <p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and guest panelist Erika Niedowski of The Associated Press join Bonus Q+A this week to discuss changes in the RI House; the proposed pension settlement; whether the House should vote on a proposal to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly; and much more.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 31142 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: Edwards on Tolls, Jobs, Infrastructure, the General Assembly & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-edwards-tolls-jobs-infrastructure-general-assembly-more <p>State Representative John "Jay" Edwards (D-Tiverton) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; why RI's roads and bridges are in such poor repair; whether the General Assembly is doing enough to boost the economy; the political fallout from 38 Studios; and much more.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30767 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Edwards on Sakonnet Tolls, the Pension Settlement & the Gun Debate http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-edwards-sakonnet-tolls-pension-settlement-gun-debate <p>State Representative John "Jay" Edwards joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; the Statehouse debate over guns; fallout from the Cranston parking ticket scandal; and the proposed state pension settlement.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30761 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Edwards on Sakonnet Tolls, the Pension Settlement & the Gun Debate RI Turnpike Authority: May Need To Raise Pell Bridge Tolls http://ripr.org/post/ri-turnpike-authority-may-need-raise-pell-bridge-tolls <p>The head of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is warning lawmakers that if they extend a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge, then it may need to return the bridge to the state.</p><p>In a letter to lawmakers authority chairman David Darlington said pushing the expiration of the Sakonnet’s 10-cent toll from April 1<sup>st</sup> to July 1<sup>st</sup> may force the authority to consider returning the Sakonnet and Jamestown bridges to the state and raise tolls on the Newport Pell Bridge.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 30654 at http://ripr.org RI Turnpike Authority: May Need To Raise Pell Bridge Tolls Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org/post/efforts-continue-end-tolls-sakonnet-river-bridge <p>The House Finance Committee will take up legislation Tuesday centered on funding bridge repair and keeping tolls off the Sakonnet River Bridge. Lawmakers also want to hang on to the bridge's current ten-cent toll for a few more months.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:59:24 +0000 Catherine Welch 30635 at http://ripr.org Efforts Continue To End Tolls On Sakonnet River Bridge 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 Bonus Q+A: Block on Sakonnet Tolls, Budget Savings, His GOP Campaign + More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-block-sakonnet-tolls-budget-savings-his-gop-campaign-more <p>Republican candidate for governor Ken Block joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the economy, Sakonnet tolls, his view of budget savings, and a host of other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 24454 at http://ripr.org Bills On The Way To Collect Sakonnet River Bridge Toll http://ripr.org/post/bills-way-collect-sakonnet-river-bridge-toll <p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is ramping up efforts to collect the 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Chairman David Darlington said there are 750,000 records of drivers who have crossed the bridge without being charged. Now the authority is ready to collect.</p><p>If you have an E-ZPass, it will be charged. If you don&rsquo;t own an E-ZPass and have crossed the Sakonnet Bridge fewer than 25 times, you will not receive a bill. But after you make that 25<sup>th</sup> trip, the authority will send out a bill of at least $2.50.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:19:49 +0000 Catherine Welch 22968 at http://ripr.org Bills On The Way To Collect Sakonnet River Bridge Toll