Larry Berman en State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises <p>The head of the state Republican Party is blaming legislative Democrats for failing to improve Rhode Island’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate climbed by a tenth of percent in July, to 8.9 percent.</p><p></p><p>State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders are wrong to brag about their efforts when the unemployment rate is going in the wrong direction.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:22:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 20324 at State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises The spending trend remains up, but the General Assembly cut $3M from its FY2012 budget <p>Does the General Assembly ever cut its budget? On at least one recent occasion, yes.</p><p>The legislature’s spending for the fiscal year that ended June 30 (fiscal 2012) was cut by $3 million, according to information presented <a href="">during a House Finance Committee meeting Wednesday</a>. House spokesman Larry Berman offered this explanation:</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:24:51 +0000 Ian Donnis 7423 at Speaker Fox calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint baseless <p>The General Assembly has long been populated with public employees — police officers, firefighters, and teachers — so the Hatch Act complaint described by state Representative Jon Brien has no small significance.</p><p>Larry Berman, the spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says the House leadership believes Stephen Casey is on solid ground <a href="">in&nbsp;rebutting Brien’s complaint</a>.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:01:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 8535 at