Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets at @IanDon, hosts RIPR’s weekly Political Roundtable, and contributes to the station’s On Politics blog.

He was for many years a regular panelist on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations.

Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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June is here, Speaker Mattiello's long-awaited car tax plan has arrived, and the end of the legislative session is coming into view. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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State Police released Friday some additional documents from their investigation into 38 Studios. But the documents do not appear to shed fresh light on the scandal that has dogged state government in recent years.

State Police said they recently discovered a previously unreleased interview with a key lawmaker involved in the investigation of 38 Studios. The interview is with former House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino, who helped sponsor the bill used to later direct funding to the video game company.

Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook on the PawSox and the sustainability of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years.

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Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the city's attempt to retain the PawSox, public safety, budget issues and more.

Rhode Island’s economic development agency is looking for ideas on how to create a so-called innovation campus. Voters last year approved $20 million in borrowing to establish the campus.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello on Tuesday outlined his proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years, asserting that "economic growth and leaner government" will enable the state to make up for an eventual loss of $220 million in revenue to cities and towns each year.

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A bill to begin the phaseout of the state’s car tax is expected to be introduced Tuesday. Eliminating the tax is the top priority for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

If you come to a fork in the road, take it. So said Yogi Berra, and the expression seems fitting given recent news. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week via the twitters. Here we go.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the outlook for the PawSox; recent changes on the Providence City Council; and the next step for the Community Safety Act.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the shadow of corruption; the impact of high taxes; the outlook for the city's pension fund; whether Crimetown is good for Providence; and much more.

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One day after a top lawmaker effectively killed prospects for a new PawSox stadium in the current General Assembly session, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien said Wednesday that Rhode Island will take an economic hit if the team moves elsewhere.

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State Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said Tuesday there's not enough time in the current legislative session to consider the PawSox' proposal 

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Republican lawmakers and trucking industry representatives renewed their criticism of Governor Gina Raimondo's truck-toll program on Tuesday, arguing it will produce less revenue than expected and that better alternatives are available.

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The state Ethics Commission has advised the former president of the state Senate to not lobby the General Assembly for one year.

Teresa Paiva Weed left the Senate in March to become head of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

The Ethics Commission told Paiva Weed it's permissible for her to lobby the executive and judicial branches of state government.

With an eventful election year drawing ever closer, the Rhode Island Democratic Party has hired Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye as the party's executive director, RIPR has learned.

Olasanoye has most recently served as director of purchasing for the City of Providence, a job he was hired for in May 2015.

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