On Politics

Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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On Politics
4:53 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Another hectic Friday, so we'll keep the preliminaries short while continuing to welcome your attention on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
2:11 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

The PawSox Baseball Move to Providence: Good or Bad?

Credit Don Borman

The debate over moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new ball park in Providence is raging. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for serious study, not hyperbole.

Tis the season of renewal: Easter, Passover and daffodils. Along with the longer days comes the return of baseball to New England. It may be hard to believe after our  harsh winter, but in two weeks the season opens at Fenway Park in Boston and at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

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Political Roundtable
1:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Flanders: State Has Edge in Pension Case; Gag Orders Generally "Disfavored"

Retirees on Monday waited at Twin River to vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former state Supreme Court justice Robert G. Flanders Jr. thinks the state will have the advantage if the legal dispute over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system winds up going to trial.

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On Politics
4:42 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

RI State Revenues Running About $50 Million Ahead Of Projections

Some good news from the Rhode Island Department of Revenue: The latest budget numbers from state government show state revenues up nearly $50 million ahead of projections.

Rosemary Gallogly, the outgoing director of revenue, said in a statement that year-to-date revenues are up about $47 million above the estimates.

The revenue growth has been fueled largely by an increase in personal income tax money. That could be a sign that the economy is gaining traction as Rhode Island’s slow recovery from the recession picks up steam.

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On Politics
2:31 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Elorza Administration has not Updated City Economic Development Web Site

Screen shot of Providence city economic development web site on March 25, 2015 (red underlining by RIPR)

Mayor Jorge Elorza has been in office at Providence City Hall for nearly three months now, but if you look at the city’s official economic development web site, you might come to the conclusion that Angel Taveras is still mayor.

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On Politics
1:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Elorza Taps Navy Veteran As New Providence DPW Chief

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza at his inauguration in January.
Credit RIPR News

  Mayor Jorge Elorza has appointed a U.S. Navy veteran as the city’s new director of public works. Elorza announced today that he has tapped Russell P. Knight, who has more than 30 years of operational and administrative experience in the Navy, to run a department that touches just about every Providence resident.

Knight served as vice-president for administration and operations at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, where he was in charge of more than 600 employees and a $95 million annual budget.

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On Politics
6:31 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

GOP Rep Wants Voters To Decide if PawSox Owners Can Use Public Financing for a Providence Ballpark

The new PawSox owners want to move the franchise from Pawtucket to Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) says she plans to introduce a bill Wednesday that would allow voters to decide if the new owners of the PawSox can use public financing or tax relief to build their envisioned ballpark on former I-195 land in Providence.

    

Morgan says the measure is necessary to protect taxpayers. As an example, she points to how taxpayers subsidize the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority to the tune of millions of dollars each year "without even having been given the right to say yes or no."

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On Politics
12:59 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Larry Eichler Leaving Elorza Administration

Providence City Hall
Credit RIPR FILE

Larry Eichler, who has been the acting executive director of the Providence Talks education program, has left City Hall. Eichler confirmed his resignation today in a brief interview, saying he is leaving to ``explore other opportunities.’’

Providence Talks is the celebrated program, funded by a $5 million grant from a philanthropy financed by the media magnate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, that is trying to help disadvantaged children expand their vocabularies.

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On Politics
3:27 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Retirees OK Pension Settlement; Deal's Fate Still Unresolved

Retirees crowd into Twin River ahead of a vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

On a roughly 4-to-1 margin, retired state employees on Monday approved a settlement offer to resolve a court fight over the 2011 overhaul of the pension system. The fate of the settlement remains unclear since it still faces approval by a series of union groups, the General Assembly, and the Superior Court judge overseeing the case, Sarah Taft-Carter.

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On Politics
3:22 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Teamsters, Rhode Island Hospital forge tentative agreement

The Teamsters Union Local 251 and Rhode Island Hospital management have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract that the union says will bring $19 million in improved wages and benefits to workers at the Lifespan hospital network.

The agreement was reached late Friday evening, according to a statement by the union bargaining committee posted on social media.

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