Lawyer, former Central Falls receiver, and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the outlook on Rhode Island's pension conflict, whether gag orders are a good idea, and lessons from the fiscal crisis in Central Falls.
Former state Supreme Court justice Robert G. Flanders Jr. thinks the state will have the advantage if the legal dispute over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system winds up going to trial.
"I've always thought that the state had the better argument, because I frankly think that it's a stretch to conclude that a statute is tantamount to a contract," Flanders said Thursday, during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable. The segment will air Friday at 5:50 and 7:50 a.m.
The judge overseeing the state pension conflict is slated to hear arguments on a number of motions Thursday. The window for voting on a proposed settlement ends Friday.
A series of public-employee unions are suing over changes made to their benefits as part of a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. That conflict will move ahead in court next month, unless there’s a settlement in the case.
Providence lawyer and mystery writer Jack Partridge is out with his third book. His latest novel, Scratched, unravels the mystery of a dead university professor with ties to Providence’s Italian community.
For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay spoke with Partridge to talk about his novel and what makes Providence a great setting for a murder mystery.
Dr. Michael Fine has led the state’s department of health since 2001. Friday marks his last day at the agency.
He came to our studios this week to look back on his accomplishments, and offer some advice to his successor, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott. Fine told us that, as he leaves office, Rhode Islanders are not as healthy as they could be. But despite the challenges people face, there’s progress to be proud of.
Some good news from the Rhode Island Department of Revenue: The latest budget numbers from state government show state revenues up nearly $50 million ahead of projections.
Rosemary Gallogly, the outgoing director of revenue, said in a statement that year-to-date revenues are up about $47 million above the estimates.
The revenue growth has been fueled largely by an increase in personal income tax money. That could be a sign that the economy is gaining traction as Rhode Island’s slow recovery from the recession picks up steam.
Mayor Jorge Elorza has been in office at Providence City Hall for nearly three months now, but if you look at the city’s official economic development web site, you might come to the conclusion that Angel Taveras is still mayor.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released its annual County Health Rankings, and Rhode Island's counties (Providence in particular) seem to be faring worse than the national average on a few measures, and much better on a few, too.