2017 RI General Assembly

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Rhode Island organized labor leaders are asking the General Assembly to override Gov. Gina Raimondo’s veto of legislation that would have kept public employee and teacher collective bargaining contracts in effect while a new contract is under negotiation.

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Rhode Island voters have sent another progressive Democratic woman to Smith Hill, Dawn Euer, who won a vacant Senate seat in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this trend could bring debate over abortion back to the Statehouse.  


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A group of more than 20 Rhode Island religious and community groups are calling on the General Assembly to return to the Statehouse to approve a state budget for the fiscal year than began July 1 and approve legislation to limit access to guns for domestic  abusers, grant earned sick time to workers and adopt other measures.

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Rhode Island Senator Josh Miller joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget impasse and bills left in limbo at the General Assembly, plus the future of healthcare.  

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Rhode Island is now a week into a new fiscal year without an approved budget. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the longer this goes on, the worse lawmakers look. 


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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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A slew of bills heads for Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signature as the General Assembly nears the end of the legislative session. Here’s a brief list of what’s on the table.

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Rhode Island lawmakers hope to wrap up their Statehouse business and adjourn Friday, at least until the fall. Before they do that, a slew of bills remain on the table. 

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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.

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Rhode Island House Speaker Nick Mattiello has put forward a plan to get rid of the car tax. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s a fine plan, but he asks a nettlesome question  – can the state afford it?