Providence, R.I. – Last January, Lincoln Chafee was barely 12 minutes into his gubernatorial announcement when he touched upon one of the third rails of American politics - taxes.
"We have to make choices if we're going to be the master of our economic destiny in this state," Chafee said. "Rather than forcing our property taxes across Rhode Island, we should carefully examine a two-tier sales tax. Other states have this system and it is working."
Providence, R.I. – General Treasurer Frank Caprio says his office is saving Rhode Island about $4 million over the next 10 years by relocating from Providence to an unoccupied state-owned building in Warwick.
The move was approved by the state Retirement Board two weeks ago.
Caprio, a Democratic candidate for governor, issued a news release Monday about the move _ the same day his opponent, independent Lincoln Chafee, scheduled a press conference to announce his plans to make better use of unoccupied state-owned buildings.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's Economic Development Corporation is meeting to discuss offering a $75 million loan guarantee to a gaming company founded by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
The potential offer is aimed at encouraging the company, 38 Studios, to relocate from Massachusetts to Rhode Island.
The EDC is scheduled to discuss and likely vote Monday evening on the terms and conditions of the agreement, which have so far remained confidential.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he wants to see the Legislature pass four bills that will help create jobs during the last week of the state's legislative session.
Patrick told reporters Monday that he hopes the Legislature sends him bills related to expanded gambling, health care costs, criminal records and capital for small businesses. He said all will stimulate job growth.
Providence, R.I. – This fall, Rhode Islanders will elect a new governor to lead the state for the next four years. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay looks back at the history of the Rhode Island governorship.
Providence, R.I. – Rep. Jim Langevin, a quadriplegic, will preside over the House for the first time, a milestone that coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Rhode Island Democrat will use a newly installed mechanical lift system on Monday to gain access to the speaker's rostrum. Langevin has used a wheelchair since being paralyzed in a shooting accident as a teenager. He was elected in 2000.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's five main gubernatorial candidates say they have concerns about a proposal from the state Economic Development Corporation to offer a $75 million loan guarantee to a game development company founded by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
The EDC is meeting Monday to discuss and likely vote on terms and conditions of a deal to bring 38 Studios from its current location in Maynard, Mass., to Rhode Island.