Ian Donnis

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has repeatedly named him as one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. In addition to other tasks, Ian tweets frequently 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, and remains an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment. Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the Associated Press, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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4:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Your thoughts and emails are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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1:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Moody's weighs in on Providence, East Providence, and North Providence

Moody’s Investors Service is giving Providence mixed comments on its fiscal condition.

Moody’s says an audit revealing a $15 million Providence deficit for the last fiscal year could hurt the city’s credit rating. But it says Providence now has a balanced budget, and it calls that a sign of progress toward restored fiscal stability.

Mayor Angel Taveras inherited a $110 million deficit when he took office in 2011. Moody’s says a series of previous deficits caused by state aid cuts leave Providence little room for error if other revenue gets squeezed.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Political Roundtable: Gov. Chafee calls his budget an investment in the future

Governor Chafee says his budget priorities have been consistent.
Credit James Baumgartner

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about his budget, Rhode Island's economy,  and regional competition for a better tax climate. Also joining me in the discussion are RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay and guest panelist David Klepper from the Associated Press.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Chafee talks budget, same-sex marriage, and his political future

Governor Lincoln Chafee says his new budget builds on attempts by his administration to position Rhode Island for better days. Joined by RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, we also talk about the fight over same-sex marriage legislation, the governor's political plans for 2014, and other issues.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chafee's message emerging in the run-up to 2014

Chafee delivering his State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis

Glimmers of Lincoln Chafee's campaign message for 2014 are starting to emerge as part of the media offensive in support his latest budget.

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4:51 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

EngageRI reminds Chafee of how pension savings gave him budget flexibility

EngageRI, the pro-pension overhaul group started with encouragement from state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, is reminding Governor Lincoln Chafee of how pension savings made possible many of the initiatives in his new budget.

EngageRI chairman John Galvin says in a statement:

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Politics
12:34 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chafee calls Massachusetts' governor's tax proposal "a curveball"

Governor Lincoln Chafee is winning a measure of plaudits for a budget with no new taxes and a proposed cut of the corporate tax from 9 percent to 7 percent over three years. But a tax initiative by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is raising uncertainly about the net effect of Chafee's initiative.

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Politics
9:17 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee's budget calls for biz tax cut, more education spending

Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his State of the State address
Credit Ian Donnis

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Gov. Lincoln Chafee won positive reviews Wednesday night for a state budget with no new taxes and a reduction in the corporate tax. The governor’s spending plan also includes more money for education and creating jobs.

Chafee’s budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st takes a different approach from his last two spending plans. Rather than proposing new taxes, the governor defended a decision to cut the corporate tax from nine to seven percent over three years. He says doing that makes sense even though money for social services remains tight.

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7:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee's new budget cuts corporate tax, avoids tax hikes

After trying unsuccessfully for the last two years to get the General Assembly to go along with a series of tax proposals, Governor Lincoln Chafee goes in a very different direction with his proposal for the budget year starting July 1. The budget eschews tax hikes and proposes cutting Rhode Island's corporate tax from 9 percent to 7 percent over three years.

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4:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee team previews his budget; jobs and competitiveness highlighted

Making Rhode Island more competitive and getting Rhode Islanders back to work are central points of Governor Lincoln Chafee's State of the State address tonight.

Budget staffers and other members of the governor's administration held a background briefing for reporters a short time ago at the Department of Administration building on Smith Hill. The details are embargoed until Chafee begins his speech this evening in the House chamber.

But in addition to the points in the first sentence of the post, the Chafee administration also plans to emphasize:

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