After two snow-packed months, the apparent settling of the pension conflict, and Lincoln Chafee's surprising emergence as a possible presidential hopeful, Rhode Island confronts a sharp debate involving baseball, public dollars, and the future of the state. No pressure, right? Thanks, as always, for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the trend in smoking traditional cigarettes among teens is down. That's great news on many levels. But as traditional cigarette smoking has declined, the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled over the past few years.
Wondering whether to worry? Or even what the heck an e-cigarette actually is? I've been combing the latest research to help answer those questions.
The last budget crafted by former Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration and the General Assembly seems to be holding up fairly well, according to the latest revenue assessment by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.
The official state bean-counters say that adjusted total general revenues are up about $61 million more than expected in the current budget year, which ends on June 30. This is good news for a state that has been slowly emerging from the recession.
The 2.6 percent increase in revenues is fueled by increases in the personal income tax and the corporate tax.
The RIde program offers door to door pickup and drop-off services to about 15-hundred people per day.
The new cell phone application will allow passengers to track their bus, as it comes to pick them up. GPS data provides more specific estimated times of arrival. Passengers can also cancel trips via the app. In total some 12-thousand people rely on the transit authority’s RIde program.
RIPTA recently embarked on a campaign to improve it services… conducting surveys, hosting community meetings, to determine possible changes to bus routes and fares.