house finance committee 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 Proposed State Budget Puts School Construction Projects Up In The Air http://ripr.org/post/proposed-state-budget-puts-school-construction-projects-air <p>Education leaders are raising concerns over the House Finance Committee’s proposed budget. The budget fully funds the state’s formula for providing education aid, but there’s no funding for school construction.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:00:28 +0000 John Bender 34924 at http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Passes $8.7 Billion Budget http://ripr.org/post/house-finance-committee-passes-87-billion-budget <p>On a 14-2 margin, the House Finance Committee Thursday approved an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July first.&nbsp; Lawmakers say they hope tax cuts will bolster Rhode Island’s underperforming economy.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:24:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 34773 at http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Passes $8.7 Billion 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 Leo Skenyon to become Speaker Mattiello chief of staff http://ripr.org/post/leo-skenyon-become-speaker-mattiello-chief-staff <p>UPDATE: Skenyon began working in Mattiello's office today, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.</p><p></p><p>With rumors dancing through the Statehouse corridors of power, new House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has yet to reveal his leadership team. Which isn’t unusual, considering he wasn’t formally elected speaker until about an hour ago.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:40:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 31041 at http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Will Meet To Look At Reining In Spending http://ripr.org/post/house-finance-committee-will-meet-look-reining-spending <p>The House Finance Committee will meet this afternoon to review attempts to rein in spending in different state agencies.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Spending above budgeted amounts has been an issue in some different state departments in recent years. The agencies in question include the state Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.</p><p></p><p>The heads of those two departments have in the past attributed the higher than expected spending to overtime and other unpredictable expenses.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:11:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 26465 at http://ripr.org House Finance Committee Will Meet To Look At Reining In Spending Is there land deal $$ for former Senate Majority leader John Hawkins buried in the budget? http://ripr.org/post/there-land-deal-former-senate-majority-leader-john-hawkins-buried-budget <p>As tonight’s budget debate in the R.I. House creaks along, some sharp-eyed lawmakers should be asking&nbsp; some hard questions about the item for a capital budget request of more than $3 million to purchase a vacant lot near the State House wedged between the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the state employee credit union building. . The provision was put in by Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration and originally proposed paying $3.5 million for the land, according to fiscal analysis done by House financial staffers.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:57:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 17442 at http://ripr.org House of Representatives Set To Debate the 2014 State Budget http://ripr.org/post/house-representatives-set-debate-2014-state-budget <p>The Rhode Island House of Representations is set to begin debating Tuesday an 8-billion-dollar budget for the fiscal year starting July first.&nbsp; The budget includes two and a half million dollars to repay bonds for failed video game maker 38 Studios.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:47:25 +0000 Ian Donnis 17417 at http://ripr.org House of Representatives Set To Debate the 2014 State Budget RI Cities and Towns Voice Concerns Over the Proposed State Budget http://ripr.org/post/ri-cities-and-towns-voice-concerns-over-proposed-state-budget <p>Advocates for Rhode Island’s cities and towns are criticizing the budget passed Tuesday by the House Finance Committee.&nbsp; The Finance Committee cut a planned increase in state aid to local communities.</p><p>The Finance Committee cut back a hike in local aid proposed by Governor Lincoln Chafee in his budget. The associate head of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Peder Schaefer, also serves on Woonsocket’s budget commission. He said the reduced aid will hurt struggling communities.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:27:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 17214 at http://ripr.org Young Democrats of RI slam House Finance Budget http://ripr.org/post/young-democrats-ri-slam-house-finance-budget <p>The Young Democrats of Rhode Island are slapping the older Democrats in their party who run the Statehouse. In a statement, the Young Democrats take issue with the proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 that won House Finance Committee approval.</p><p>While the group ``commended’’ the Assembly for adding money for the state’s school funding formula and restoring funding for developmentally disabled citizens, the Young Democrats skewered other budget priorities.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:31:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 17190 at http://ripr.org