RI House of Representatives http://ripr.org en RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour http://ripr.org/post/ri-assembly-poised-hike-minimum-wage-9-hour <p>UPDATE: This was approved: Rhode Island’s low-skill minimum wage workers will very likely get a wage increase under legislation that the Rhode Island House is poised to approve before the end of the current legislative session.</p><p></p><p>The measure would jump the state’s floor wage for workers from the current $8 per hour to $9 on January 1, 2015. Such legislation has been approved by the state Senate and the House Labor Committee and has been posted for action by the full House tomorrow.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:05:13 +0000 Scott MacKay 35335 at http://ripr.org RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-takes-87-billion-state-budget <p>The state Senate is expected Monday to approve a new budget for the fiscal year starting July first.&nbsp; The House of Representatives passed the spending plan early last Friday morning.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:16:59 +0000 Ian Donnis 35243 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget URI, RIC, CCRI winners in House budget proposal http://ripr.org/post/uri-ric-ccri-winners-house-budget-proposal <p>After too many years of giving short shrift to public higher education in Rhode Island, &nbsp;the General Assembly and state government appear to have finally begun to reverse this short-sighted policy.</p><p>In the budget that cleared the House Finance Committee on a 14 to 2 vote Thursday, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island have won some important initiatives.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:10:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 34775 at http://ripr.org Where are the women in Mattiello leadership choices? http://ripr.org/post/where-are-women-mattiello-leadership-choices <p>Nick Mattiello has only been House Speaker for two days. So it may not be fair to criticize his committee and leadership choices; he had to throw together his team very quickly.</p><p>But it hasn’t escaped notice that Mattiello’s new team has given women lawmakers short shrift.</p><p>The new speaker has named three committee chairs: Ray Gallison, D-Bristol, takes over the House Finance Committee; Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, assumes control of the Judiciary Committee; and Robert Craven, D-North Kingstown becomes the new chairman of the Municipal Affairs Committee.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:39:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31192 at http://ripr.org Time to try something new on Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/time-try-something-new-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 http://ripr.org A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House http://ripr.org/post/closer-look-gordon-foxs-resignation-and-changing-leadership-house <p>The Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to cap a dramatic sequence of events unfolding over the last few days by electing a new speaker Tuesday. The change was set in motion last Friday when state and federal authorities raided House Speaker Gordon Fox’s East Side home and Statehouse office. Fox resigned from his leadership position the next day, saying he doesn’t plan to seek re-election to his state rep seat in November.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:00:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison, Ian Donnis & Scott MacKay 30994 at http://ripr.org A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House 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 Rep. Ray Hull Mulling Providence Mayoral Bid http://ripr.org/post/rep-ray-hull-mulling-providence-mayoral-bid <p>State Rep. Ray Hull, D-Providence is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the Sept. 9 primary.</p><p>Hull is &nbsp;a Providence police sergeant who represents House District 6, which takes in parts of the neighborhoods of Manton, Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill near the Providence College campus.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:11:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 30636 at http://ripr.org