Larry Berman http://ripr.org en State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises http://ripr.org/post/state-republicans-point-democrats-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 http://ripr.org State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises The spending trend remains up, but the General Assembly cut $3M from its FY2012 budget http://ripr.org/post/spending-trend-remains-general-assembly-cut-3m-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="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/surplus-shrinks-fy2013-deficit-to-70m-long-term-spending-still-a-problem/">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 http://ripr.org Speaker Fox calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint baseless http://ripr.org/post/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="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/casey-calls-briens-hatch-act-complaint-without-merit/">in&nbsp;rebutting Brien’s complaint</a>.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:01:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 8535 at http://ripr.org