economic development http://ripr.org en 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 Speaker Fox Previews The Top Issues Facing the General Assembly in 2014 http://ripr.org/post/speaker-fox-previews-top-issues-facing-general-assembly-2014 <p></p><p>With the General Assembly set to start its new session Tuesday, House Speaker Gordon Fox sat down to discuss the issues facing the legislature, including the latest budget deficit; fallout from 38 Studios; the possible impact of a settlement over the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system; tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; and more.</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 27124 at http://ripr.org Speaker Fox Previews The Top Issues Facing the General Assembly in 2014 Bonus Q+A: Newberry on the 2014 General Assembly Session + GOP Outlook http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-newberry-2014-general-assembly-session-gop-outlook <p>House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-Smithfield) joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the upcoming General Assembly session and a variety of other issues, including economic development, the master lever, 38 Studios, the race for governor and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 27115 at http://ripr.org Block Says Specifics on Building His Vision Will Set His Campaign Apart http://ripr.org/post/block-says-specifics-building-his-vision-will-set-his-campaign-apart <p></p><p>Do voters really want substance in their candidates?</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:20:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 24458 at http://ripr.org Block Says Specifics on Building His Vision Will Set His Campaign Apart State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox http://ripr.org/post/state-ethics-committee-consider-complaint-against-house-speaker-gordon-fox <p>The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.</p><p>Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission &quot;preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that&#39;s all they&#39;ve done. They didn&#39;t offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint.&quot;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:48:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 22150 at http://ripr.org State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox RI Lacks a Plan for Curbing "Crippling Effect" of Persistent Budget Deficits http://ripr.org/post/ri-lacks-plan-curbing-crippling-effect-persistent-budget-deficits <p></p><p>Every year, when Rhode Island lawmakers start working on a new budget, they face a spending plan mired in red ink. By law, the budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session, usually in June. But like a boomerang, projected budget deficits zoom back to Smith Hill by the time the new session starts in January. Next year will no different -- Rhode Island already faces the fiscal year starting in July 2014 with an estimated $149 million hole. And the state lacks a plan for overcoming budget deficits that are projected to get far worse with time.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 21878 at http://ripr.org RI Lacks a Plan for Curbing "Crippling Effect" of Persistent Budget Deficits Political Roundtable: Raimondo on the Pension Plan, Economic Development, and Gambling Revenue http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-raimondo-pension-plan-economic-development-and-gambling-revenue <p>General Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 2014; the health of the state pension plan; her views on boosting Rhode Island's economy; and whether adding table games is the best way for the state to protect one of its largest revenue sources.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 21555 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Raimondo on the Pension Plan, Economic Development, and Gambling Revenue On Jump-Starting RI's Economy, Gina Raimondo Sounds A Lot Like ... Lincoln Chafee http://ripr.org/post/jump-starting-ris-economy-gina-raimondo-sounds-lot-lincoln-chafee <p></p><p>If gubernatorial-candidate-in-waiting <a href="http://www.ginaraimondo.com/">Gina Raimondo</a> has bold ideas for sparking Rhode Island's economy, she's keeping them to herself. Instead, during a taping Thursday of RIPR's <a href="http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-raimondo-pension-plan-economic-development-and-gambling-revenue">Political Roundtable</a>, Raimondo sounded a lot like Rhode Island's current governor, Lincoln Chafee, in emphasizing a focus on improving the economic fundamentals.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:01:55 +0000 Ian Donnis 21557 at http://ripr.org On Jump-Starting RI's Economy, Gina Raimondo Sounds A Lot Like ... Lincoln Chafee Solomon on Providence's Chicken-and-Egg Problem + More http://ripr.org/post/solomon-providences-chicken-and-egg-problem-more <p>As the $110 million deficit of January 2011 recedes in the rear-view mirror, Providence still faces sharp economic challenges. One of the most serious is how Rhode Island's capital city desperately needs a broader tax base, even as its<a href="http://blogs.wpri.com/2013/08/19/study-providence-commercial-taxes-again-highest-in-the-us/"> highest-in-the-nation commercial taxes</a> discourages the very economic development that would improve the situation.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:03:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 21221 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-11-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-1 <p>Summer is starting to slip from our grasp, sparking the trail to the hotter political season to come. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow my short missives on Twitter. Let's head in:</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:20:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 20536 at http://ripr.org