PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the problems facing the state's pension system is that retirees are living longer. At the turn of the 20th century Americans lived an average of 49 years. Today it's 78 and that means retirees are collecting state pensions a lot longer than they used to.
Providence, RI – Listen to this special edition of WRNI's political roundtable focusing on the pension crisis in Rhode Island. WRNI's Ian Donnis and Scott Mackay, with guests from government, unions, and academia, look at what it means for the state and what it means going forward.
Providence, RI – A Providence clinic for screening and treating sexually transmitted diseases is closing its doors.
The Whitmarsh STD clinic on Broad st in Providence relies on funds from the Department of Health to stay open. And now that funding is gone.
The Health Department's spokesman Peter Hanney says it was a tough decision, but DOH had to cut its budget somewhere. Health officials determined that defunding Whitmarsh "would have the least affect on the community at large," he says.
PROVIDENCE, RI – For 31 years, Elaine Hanlon has worked for the public defender's office mostly in criminal investigation. "I track down and interview witnesses, I serve subpoenas, photograph crime scenes," says Hanlon.
Her job takes her into neighborhoods the police don't dare enter without back up and the hours are all over the place.
"None of us is willing to see someone go to jail just because we don't feel like working on a weekend, we just want to do the right thing," she says.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The house gets ready for a vote on the budget, and the debate over the land made available by relocating interstate 195. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.
Joining us as usual is WRNI political analyst Scott Mackay. And University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley. Our special guest is Richard Licht, director of the State Department of Administration.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Fox Point Neighborhood Association has come out in opposition to a bill that sets up a state-controlled commission to oversee the development of land freed up by the re-location of Interstate 195.
The Fox Point Neighborhood Association objects to the I-195 commission because of its makeup. The Governor would appoint four of the seven members ; the city of Providence would get only three appointments.