Engage RI hires lobbyist to push pension overhaul

PROVIDENCE, RI – Engage Rhode Island, the newly formed advocacy group working for pension overhaul has hired a lobbyist. Because the group is a 501 4 it can do unlimited lobbying without disclosing where its money is coming from.

Christopher Boyle is a seasoned State House lobbyist with a long roster of clients. And he's confirmed that he will now be lobbying for Engage Rhode Island in the upcoming special legislative session.

Boyle's filings at the Secretary of State's office show he's being paid $30,000 to represent Engage RI. And files show Boyle's clients include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the Newport Grand slot parlor and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

Boyle, a democrat from Newport, was once House Majority Whip under House Speak Joseph DeAngelis back in the 90's.

Engage RI is an amalgam of business and community groups backing a soon-to-be released proposal by Governor Lincoln Chafee and Treasurer Gina Raimondo that aims to make the state's pension systems solvent.

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