Providence, RI – Joseph Trillo (R, Warwick) has introduced a bill that would limit public employees' collective bargaining rights.
Trillo wants to take away public employees' right to bargain collectively for pensions and health benefits. His bill would nullify all current state and municipal contracts and limit any new contracts to one year.
Part-time employees would lose all benefits and new hires would get 401K plans instead of a pension.
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.