As the two sides in Rhode Island's pension lawsuit prepare for court-ordered mediation next month, Governor Lincoln Chafee says the authority to approve a settlement rests largely with him and the General Assembly.
A lot of news in the run-up to Christmas; debate over how to reduce school shootings; mediation ordered in the pension case; and the march is on toward our next RI campaign season. Happy holidays to all my readers, and thanks for checking in. Lets get to it.
While the meltdown of 38 Studios is certainly Rhode Island's top story for 2013, Swipely -- the company started by Angus Davis -- is showing how a smart entrepreneurial company can thrive in the Ocean State.
You just have to wonder what John Robitaille is thinking? He decides to drop out of the running (not that he was ever in) for governor in 2014 with a blast at voters. "Voters in Rhode Island seem to want bigger government. Higher taxes don’t seem to bother them. We’re always at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to business friendliness.’’
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he plans to join other mayors across the state in staging a gun buy-back program on a yet-to-be-determined date in January.
"If we can avoid just one accident, one instance, it's well worth it to me to have the buy-back," Taveras said in an interview. "I've seen violence and what it can do to a community -- obviously seen it first-hand here in Providence."
As high unemployment continues to plague Rhode Island, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says her chamber will focus in the 2013 session on economic development and trying to turn around the state's troubled economy.
In a statement dated yesterday and released to the media today, University of Rhode Island president David Dooley has disassociated the university from a series of tweets made by history professor Erik Loomis -- including one saying he wanted the NRA president Wayne LaPierre's "head on a stick" -- in the aftermath of Newtown: