Scott MacKay

Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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City leaders in Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city and once the insurance capital of New England,  have hired an international law firm that has expertise in bankruptcy, the Hartford Courant reported today.

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At the turn of the century, Providence was at the epicenter of technological innovation. Rhode Island’s capital city was home to state of the art manufacturing facilities, and at the center of those companies was Brown and Sharpe.

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The conventional  Rhode Island Statehouse wisdom was that the departure of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport for a private sector job and her replacement by Dominick Ruggerio of North Providence would usher in more cooperation between the House and Senate. The theory was that Ruggerio would get along better with House Speaker Nick Mattiello of Cranston, than did Paiva Weed.  All three are Democrats, but Paiva Weed and Mattiello had differences on policy and styles of leadership.

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An end of session impasse erupted at the State House Friday, leaving Rhode Island state government without a budget as the new fiscal year began Saturday. 

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Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says that President Donald Trump’s planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week at the G-20 summit in Germany is ”ill-advised.”

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Few institutions in our society remain relevant for more than two centuries. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes us to his adopted hometown of Bristol, where the 232nd Independence Day parade steps off Tuesday.

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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital chain, is resuming payments in lieu of taxes to the city of Providence, Lifespan announced today.

Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau said that better finances have led the hospital to resume the payments to Providence with a $400,000 contribution. According to the hospital system, Lifespan’s finances have rebounded from a $33 million operating loss to a break-even status on its balance sheet, enabling the system to resume the payments.

Maria D’Allesandro, a top executive at the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, has been placed on administrative leave.

D’Allesandro, who earns about $150,000 annually, has a significant portfolio at the department. She is deputy director of commercial licensing, deputy director of gaming and athletics and deputy director and superintendent of securities regulation.

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The Rhode Island General Assembly is expected to do its final business this week, and then go home for the Fourth of July holiday. Before the summer recess, House lawmakers voted last week on the state budget. What else remains for lawmakers to do?

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison put the question to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

Eugene McCaffrey, a former Rhode Island Democratic state representative, state senator and mayor of Warwick, has died. He was 84.

McCaffrey was the father of Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, D-Warwick.

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Sometimes it’s hard to figure who’s in charge at the Rhode Island Statehouse. This year isn’t one of those times, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains.

In case you were wondering who’s running things on Smith Hill these days, we bring you House Speaker Nick Mattiello, a Cranston Democrat who has ushered in a $9.2 billion state budget that includes his pet project, cutting Rhode Island’s  disdained car tax.

Cliff Wood, a former Providence city council member, director of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and longtime civic activist, has been appointed executive director of the Providence Foundation.

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Rhode Island lawmakers are scheduled to vote later this week on the new state budget.

But the $9.2 billion spending plan leaves a question about roughly $25 million dollars in cuts needed to balance the budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay says under the current plan, Gov. Gina Raimondo and her staff will have to find those savings.

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Social media continues its creep into every area of life. Once again, a Facebook post has become an issue in a Rhode Island lawsuit that has reached the Rhode Island Supreme Court, which has reinstated the unemployment benefits of a worker fired because of a social media post.

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This week Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled a $9.2 billion spending plan that avoids a major tax increase, while closing a $134 million deficit. How did they do it? Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turns to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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