Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-chafee-lawmakers-approve-moderate-budget <p>The usual special interest groups are blasting the new state budget approved by the General Assembly. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says maybe lawmakers did&nbsp; the best they could in tough times.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s General Assembly has approved an $8.7 billion taxing and spending plan for the financial year that begins July First. This budget has drawn fire from the usual suspects who roam the marble Statehouse corridors lobbying for their causes.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:02:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 35515 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-passes-state-budget-awaits-governors-approval <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign into law the $8.7 billion budget passed Monday by the Rhode Island Senate. Senators took less than an hour to passing the spending plan on a 32-to-five vote.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:31:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 35306 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval House Lawmakers Set To Take Up State Budget http://ripr.org/post/house-lawmakers-set-take-state-budget <p>Lawmakers are set to begin their annual marathon session this Thursday to vote on a budget for the fiscal year starting July first. The $8.7 billion spending plan eliminates tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.</p><p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’s gotten only positive feedback about the spending plan. The budget cuts the corporate tax rate from 9 to 7 percent and raises the exemption for the inheritance tax. The spending plan also includes $12.3 million to continue paying back investors in 38 Studios.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:08:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 35055 at http://ripr.org House Lawmakers Set To Take Up State Budget Finance Committee To Take First Pass At 2015 State Budget http://ripr.org/post/finance-committee-take-first-pass-2015-state-budget <p>The House Finance Committee is expected to vote this Thursday on a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The General Assembly traditionally makes significant revisions to the governor’s proposed spending plan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:51:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 34705 at http://ripr.org Finance Committee To Take First Pass At 2015 State Budget Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls http://ripr.org/post/senate-committee-votes-eliminate-sakonnet-river-tolls <p>A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to create a new Rhode Island infrastructure fund that would eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, the bill faces several hurdles to take effect.</p><p></p><p>The legislation unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee would generate 800 million dollars over 10 years for keeping up roads and bridges. Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed calls the bill a long-term approach, starting next year, for improving the state’s decaying infrastructure.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:07:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 33207 at http://ripr.org Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls 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