PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee was on the road yesterday promoting the budget he presented to the General Assembly the day before. In the Tuesday night speech he invoked the name of his barber, Ernie, to support his proposal to impose a six percent sales tax on some goods and services that have never been taxed.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Police say traffic is moving smoothly on Interstate 95 following a fatal accident early this morning in Providence.
Several lanes were closed until 6 this morning after authorities say a driver traveling in the wrong direction in the high speed lane of 95 North collided head on with a driver traveling in the correct direction at around 4:20.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee has proposed a $10 dollar increase in funding for the state's higher education system. But it won't be enough to prevent tuition increases at two of the three state schools.
Tuition will remain the same next year at the Community College of Rhode Island. But students at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College will have to pay more. Ray DiPasquale, the president of CCRI and the state Commissioner of Higher Education, says it's unclear how much more.
Providence, RI – Rhode Islanders who buy their own health insurance will pay an average of two percent more starting in April. But it could have been a lot worse.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island originally asked to increase its average rate for so called "direct pay members" by nearly eight percent. But Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Koller knocked that number down by not allowing the charges to include money for Blue Cross's reserves and state taxes.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee made his first budget address Tuesday night. For fiscal year 2012, the governor proposed financial aid to cities and towns, supporting the school funding formula, and a boost in higher education.
But Chafee also called for cuts, specifically $60 million to Health and Human Services, which will make up some 40 percent of the next state budget.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Last night, Governor Lincoln Chafee unveiled his first state budget proposal. The spending plan calls for Rhode Island to lower but broaden its sales tax, put into effect a new state education funding formula, and increase by three percent the amount state employees and teachers pay into the employee pension system. To break down Governor Chafee's proposal, WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay.
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Providence, RI – Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital now have permission to combine their open heart surgery programs onto one campus.
Interim Director of the Department of Health, Dr. Michael Fine, approved the hospitals' request today along with some conditions. He says the medical centers must update health officials on the demographics of their patients and offer to enroll them in Rhode Island's electronic medical records system.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The city of Attleboro, Massachusetts is considering a rule aimed at reducing the clutter from unwanted Providence Journal advertising inserts that have been landing on front yards for several weeks. The city says it has received hundreds of complaints about the inserts encased in orange plastic sleeves.
After trying and failing to ban the advertising inserts because of First Amendment issues, the city of Attleboro is considering a different approach.