cities and towns http://ripr.org en Watch Continues on Possible Settlement in Pension Case http://ripr.org/post/watch-continues-possible-settlement-pension-case <p>Speculation continues about whether a settlement will emerge from closed-door pension mediation as soon as next week.<strong> </strong></p><p>The head of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Daniel Beardsley, is worried that a settlement could hike pension costs for communities by more than $100 million. The league outlines its concerns in<a href="http://www.rileague.org/DocumentCenter/View/151"> a new white paper</a>. But as Beardsley says, it remains unclear if the General Assembly will be receptive to approving a settlement.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:35:22 +0000 Ian Donnis 28801 at http://ripr.org Watch Continues on Possible Settlement in Pension Case TGIF: 12 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-ri-politics-media-6 <p>Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to the list.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:21:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 11634 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket retirees being asked to accept concessions http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-retirees-being-asked-accept-concessions <p>Municipal retirees in Woonsocket are being asked Monday to accept pension and healthcare concessions as part of a five-year plan to improve the city's finances.</p><p>City Council President John Ward, a member of a state budget commission, says a freeze in 3 percent annual cost of living adjustments in Woonsocket's local pension plan is part of the proposal.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:28:38 +0000 Ian Donnis 10926 at http://ripr.org Gallogly targeting November 6 for mayoral election in Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/gallogly-targeting-november-6-mayoral-election-central-falls <div class="entry clear"><p><a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/gallogly-orson-09-21-12.jpg"><img alt="" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-7537" src="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/gallogly-orson-09-21-12.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225" title="Gallogly + Orson 09-21-12" height="225" width="300"></a>State Revenue director <a href="http://www.dor.ri.gov/RBGbio.php">Rosemary Booth Gallogly </a>hope to finalize the November 6&nbsp;presidential election as&nbsp;the date&nbsp;for choosing a successor to <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsm Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:07:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 8568 at http://ripr.org Polisena: voters need to press legislators for answers http://ripr.org/post/polisena-voters-need-press-legislators-answers <p>Johnston Mayor <a href="http://www.facebook.com/MayorPolisena">Joseph Polisena </a>tends to get somewhat less attention than some of his counterparts from other cities. But Polisena was candid and quotable during a visit to Rhode Island Public Radio’s <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrni/news.newsmain/article/7071/0/1944742/Political.Roundtable/Political.RoundTableCan.the.Private.lead.the.Public">Political Roundtable </a>last week. Here are some of the highlights:</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:06:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 8809 at http://ripr.org Johnston’s Polisena says he bulked up his campaign account to fend off the firefighters’ union http://ripr.org/post/johnston-s-polisena-says-he-bulked-his-campaign-account-fend-firefighters-union <div class="entry clear"><p><a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/joseph-polisena-on-prt-08-02-12.jpg"><img alt="" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-7148" src="http://wrnipoliticsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/joseph-polisena-on-prt-08-02-12.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225" title="Joseph Polisena on PRT 08-02-12" height="225" width="300"></a>&nbsp;It might not be <a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/raimondo-moves-toward-2014-with-big-2q-taveras-no-slouch/">Raimondo-like</a>, but Johnston Mayor <a href="http://www.townofjohnstonri.com/">Joseph Polisena </a Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:17:40 +0000 Ian Donnis 8812 at http://ripr.org Moody’s offers mixed comment on RI’s 2013 budget http://ripr.org/post/moody-s-offers-mixed-comment-ri-s-2013-budget <p><a href="http://www.moodys.com/">Moody’s Investors Service</a> says the $8.1 billion budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee on June 15 “is credit positive for Central Falls and schools, but leaves Woonsocket and pensions unaddressed.”</p><p>Moody’s points to “a material increase in funding for schools” — $34 million, or almost 4 percent, “marking the third consecutive annual increase in school funding. State funding for education now stands at over $900 million, well above pre-recession peak.”</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9918 at http://ripr.org Nocera calls Brien a smart ALEC; rep says NYT column a “hit piece” http://ripr.org/post/nocera-calls-brien-smart-alec-rep-says-nyt-column-hit-piece <p>Anti-tax activist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Norquist">Grover Norquist </a>once famously talked about shrinking the federal government “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” Providence native <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/opinion/nocera-when-alec-takes-over-your-town.html">Joe Nocera </a>uses his New York Times’ op-ed column today to argue that state Representative <a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Brien/">Jon Brien </a>is wielding a&nbsp;similar cudgel to cut spending&nbsp;in Woonsocket:</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:21:21 +0000 Ian Donnis 10677 at http://ripr.org Ward says Woonsocket has a strong legal hand to make cuts if talks fail; Brien defends anti-tax stan http://ripr.org/post/ward-says-woonsocket-has-strong-legal-hand-make-cuts-if-talks-fail-brien-defends-anti-tax-stan <p>Woonsocket City Council President John Ward invokes the example set by Providence in describing how the city might wipe out its&nbsp;deficit if negotiations with unions don’t get the job done.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 10688 at http://ripr.org Rosemary Booth Gallogly rips Woonsocket House delegation; says it ducked “tough decisions” http://ripr.org/post/rosemary-booth-gallogly-rips-woonsocket-house-delegation-says-it-ducked-tough-decisions <p><span style="font-family:Times New Roman;font-size:medium;">State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly has strong words for state Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien, and Robert Phillips after they failed to back a supplemental tax for cash-strapped Woonsocket in last-minute negotiations in the waning hours&nbsp;of the legislative session:</span></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 11727 at http://ripr.org