Statehouse http://ripr.org en 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 Federal Officials Subpoena Providence City Records In Fox Investigation http://ripr.org/post/federal-officials-subpoena-providence-city-records-fox-investigation <p>There’s another development in the case that led to former House Speaker Gordon Fox’s resignation last month.&nbsp; Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday subpoenaed City of Providence records related to Fox.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:52:46 +0000 Ian Donnis 32253 at http://ripr.org Federal Officials Subpoena Providence City Records In Fox Investigation What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/what-new-house-speaker-means-general-assembly <p>An incredible five days at the Rhode Island Statehouse have seen the resignation of Gordon Fox as House Speaker, and Cranston Representative Nicholas Mattiello replace him.&nbsp; It is expected that many key positions in the House will be changing as well.&nbsp;</p><p>Political Analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss what all the changes mean for the legislative session.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:25:18 +0000 Scott MacKay & Chuck Hinman 31062 at http://ripr.org What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-unveils-plan-close-skills-gap <p>The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon unveiled a new plan meant to close a skills gap in Rhode Island. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said the “<a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Reports/Rhode_to_Work.pdf">Rhode to Work</a>” plan is a response to business leaders’ complaints that they’re having trouble finding skilled workers.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for creating a single workforce training system; improving adult education; and expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships in Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:02:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 27964 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap Interfaith Vigil At The Statehouse Calls For Lawmakers To Address RI Poverty http://ripr.org/post/interfaith-vigil-statehouse-calls-lawmakers-address-ri-poverty <p>A coalition of Rhode Island religious leaders is calling on lawmakers to put poverty at the top of their agenda this year.&nbsp; The plea was issued at a Statehouse rally Wednesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:04:22 +0000 Flo Jonic 27430 at http://ripr.org Interfaith Vigil At The Statehouse Calls For Lawmakers To Address RI Poverty Secular Decoration Adorns Statehouse Alongside Christmas Tree http://ripr.org/post/secular-decoration-adorns-statehouse-alongside-christmas-tree <p>There’s a new Christmas decoration at the Statehouse this year.&nbsp; And it’s anything but traditional.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Secularists have placed a banner on the second floor of the Statehouse to celebrate the birth of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams. He was born December 21<sup>st</sup>, 1603.&nbsp; The banner was erected by a group called the “Humanists of Rhode Island.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:29:34 +0000 Flo Jonic 26100 at http://ripr.org Secular Decoration Adorns Statehouse Alongside Christmas Tree Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays http://ripr.org/post/students-across-rhode-island-bring-music-statehouse-holidays <p>Elementary, middle and high school students from across Rhode Island are storming the State House this month to perform music for the holiday season.</p><p>The holiday concerts are part of a series put on by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with up to three or four schools singing in a row, in the Statehouse Rotunda.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught a few of those concerts and has this audio postcard.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:05:37 +0000 John Bender 26025 at http://ripr.org Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays Gov. Chafee: This Year We’ll Call It A Christmas Tree http://ripr.org/post/gov-chafee-year-we-ll-call-it-christmas-tree <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has had a change of heart over what to call the tree that graces the Statehouse every December.</p><p></p><p></p><p>After coming in for intense criticism for calling the Statehouse tree a “holiday tree,” Gov. Lincoln Chafee is bowing to public pressure to change the nomenclature.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:17:40 +0000 Flo Jonic 25641 at http://ripr.org Gov. Chafee: This Year We’ll Call It A Christmas Tree Bill Would Give Foreign Nationals a Driver's License http://ripr.org/post/bill-would-give-foreign-nationals-drivers-license <p>Foreign nationals would be able to get driver’s licenses under a bill being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon.</p><p>One of the cosponsors of the legislation, Democratic Senator Juan Pichardo of Providence, said offering licenses to undocumented residents makes sense.</p><p>“By granting a driver’s license for undocumented that will give them the ability to register their vehicles and then pay taxes, therefore having some state revenues,” said Pichardo, “but will also provide a safety measure for many residents.”</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 19:15:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 14804 at http://ripr.org Bill Would Give Foreign Nationals a Driver's License RI Government "Owners Manual" Available http://ripr.org/post/ri-government-owners-manual-available <p>The 2013 edition of the “Rhode Island Government Owner’s Manual” has been published and is ready for pick-up at the Statehouse.</p><p>The 300-page directory is published every two years to reflect the results of the November election. It includes contact information for hundreds of officials, including every member of the General Assembly as well as city and town councils.</p><p>The book is available free of charge at the Secretary of State’s office. A searchable, electronic version is also posted on the <a href="http://sos.ri.gov/govdirectory/">Secretary of State’s website.</a></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:55:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 13284 at http://ripr.org RI Government "Owners Manual" Available