PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The future of the Central Falls receivership is now in the hands of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The court heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of the law that empowered the state to appoint a receiver to financially distressed communities.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – I was born in Central Falls - at a time when Broad and Dexter streets were booming with small businesses, churches on Sundays were over-crowded and neighborhood social clubs were choice venues for weddings, celebrations and community events. It was a thriving, spirited and engaged community.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Good news for 13 paralegals who were laid off last week by Rhode Island Legal Services. The agency, which supplies legal advice to Rhode Island's poorest citizens, has agreed to keep the employees on until February 15th while talks continue to address the fiscal problems that prompted the pink slips.
Patrick Quinn, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, says the postponement came after a one hour meeting with Legal Services director Robert Barge.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo is conducting a meticulous review of the state treasury. She says the top to bottom review will provide a fresh set of eyes on the state's finances.
Raimondo has put together an advisory group to focus particularly on the state's CollegeBound fund, the state sponsored college savings program. She says investment research company Morningstar has ranked it last in the nation.
Providence, RI – In an effort to streamline its operations, National Grid is laying off 1,200 employees over the next few months.
During a conference call with reporters, US National Grid President Tom King says it's difficult to say where those lay-offs will take place. "We won't really know the job impacts across the various states until we get through the process this summer, he says.
King says the lay-offs come from management positions and won't affect union or in the field jobs.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The two most powerful Rhode Island statewide politicians - Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin - were elected with much less than a majority of the vote. What should state government do about this?
Every American school child learns this basic tenet of democracy: Majority rules. Then there is the Rhode Island corollary: Except when it doesn't.
Providence, RI – Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has asked federal officials for flexibility in the state's $75 million Race to the Top program. The application called for a significant increase in the number of charter schools. Chafee spokesman Mike Trainor says the governor is not convinced that is the right plan.
Providence, RI – Ready or not, another snow storm is headed our way. The National Weather Service is forecasting three to four inches for Rhode Island on Tuesday.
These back-to-back storms are really creating havoc with municipal budgets.
Cranston budgeted $550,000 for snow removal this year. Usually that's enough. But this year --only six weeks into an unusually snowy winter season-- the money's gone and the city will have to dip into its rainy day fund for future plowing.