Governor Lincoln Chafee, as part of a statement following today’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, says RI officials have offered their assistance to Connecticut. Here’s the governor’s full statement:
The word “tragedy” is used often these days, but it is difficult to think of a more truly tragic turn of events than what occurred in Newtown, Connecticut earlier today.
On behalf of all the people of Rhode Island, our most sincere condolences and sympathy are with the families of the victims of this horrendous crime.
Gary Alexander, the former director of the state Department of Human Services, is costing Pennsylvania taxpayers thousands of dollars by traveling by car from a home in Rhode Island to his current job as Pennsylvania’s secretary of public welfare, according to a published report.
Stephen Hourahan, a top adviser to Governor Lincoln Chafee, is leaving the administration for a job as chief advancement officer with Family Service of Rhode Island.
Via news release:
Hourahan left Family Service in 2009 to join the successful Chafee for Governor campaign. He also served as Communications Director for then-Senator Lincoln Chafee and in a variety of positions for the late Senator John Chafee.
James Diossa, the mayor-elect of Central Falls, says EngageRI should disclose its contributors in the interest of transparency.
“I’m all about open [government] and honest and transparency, so I believe it should be open,” Diossa said during a taping this morning of RIPR’s Political Roundtable. The segment will air during Morning Edition at 5:40 and 7:40 on Friday.
One of the reasons President Obama won a convincing victory was the overwhelming support he got from Latino voters. But Providence Mayor Angel Taveras tells RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay that Republicans could have a future with Latino voters.
Rhode Island has long been shaped by the ethnic ballet of immigration. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, our capital city’s first Latino mayor, was reminded of that recently when he went to a holiday party with a crowd of elderly Italian-American constituents.
The liberal activist group RI Jobs with Justice is having its latest awards dinner this Thursday, 6-9 pm, at the Cranston Portuguese Club. Former state rep David Segal sent along the following details:
Jobs With Justice is scrappy, but one of the most important and effective activist organizations in Rhode Island. The campaign they helped lead in support of a living wage ordinance in Providence is one of the reasons I got involved in politics here and decided to run for City Council a decade ago.
Old friend (and former ProJo reporter) Mike Corkery of the Wall Street Journal has broken a very interesting Rhode Island pension story. As first picked up by the sharp-eyed Ted Nesi of WRPI_TV, Corkery’s story reveals that a Texas Enron trader billionaire is a hefty contributor to the Engage Rhode Island pension overhaul advocacy group that has been championed by State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
A pre-session House Finance Committee meeting this afternoon offered a mix of good news and bad news: a larger than expected current-year surplus of about $47 million will roughly cut in half the deficit for the budget year starting next July 1, from $130 million to $70 million.
But the state’s structural deficit could grow to about $400 million in five years, due in part to overspending in some state departments. In an interview following the meeting, House Finance chairman Helio Melo said the state needs to be more disciplined:
The General Assembly taking up business on New Year’s Day will be more Democratic than the last one, with just 11 Republicans (down from 18) among the 113 state reps and state senators. Lawmakers will once again take their seats as the state wrestles with high unemployment and long-term deficits. One of the key questions for the new session is whether legislative leaders will push meaningful economic-development efforts in the aftermath of the meltdown of 38 Studios earlier this year.