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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:58 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Parsing Out Gov. Chafee's Final Budget Proposal

Governor Lincoln Chafee at his final State of the State Address.
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Gov. Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and delivered his final State of the State address. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s last hurrah.

The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.

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Governor's Office
12:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Governor Chafee To Give Final State Of The State

Governor Lincoln Chafee at previous State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee will unveil his last state budget during a State of the State address Wednesday at the Statehouse. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Chafee announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election

Chafee will present his spending plan during a public address to the legislature, which typically makes significant changes to the budget before ending its session in June. During a recent interview, Chafee said his spending priorities remain unchanged.

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Politics
4:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Speaker Fox Previews The Top Issues Facing the General Assembly in 2014

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With the General Assembly set to start its new session Tuesday, House Speaker Gordon Fox sat down to discuss the issues facing the legislature, including the latest budget deficit; fallout from 38 Studios; the possible impact of a settlement over the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system; tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Block on Sakonnet Tolls, Budget Savings, His GOP Campaign + More

Republican candidate for governor Ken Block joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the economy, Sakonnet tolls, his view of budget savings, and a host of other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Ken Block on Going Republican; His Plan to Save $1B + His Primary With Fung

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Republican candidate for governor Ken Block joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; why he became a Republican; the fate of the Moderate Party; his plan to save $1 billion over four years; and more.

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Block Says Specifics on Building His Vision Will Set His Campaign Apart

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Do voters really want substance in their candidates?

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Politics
10:15 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Reed Hopes Government Shutdown Has Not Caused Lasting Damage

Rhode Island's senior senator Jack Reed hopes lasting damage has not been done by the government shutdown.
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U.S Senator Jack Reed said the deal ending the partial government shutdown in the U.S. is long overdue.

“It should have not been contemplated or undertaken in the first place and now we have to get down to real, serious, principled negotiations.”

He added that he hopes the partial shutdown hasn’t caused lasting harm to relationships formed across the aisle in the senate.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

RI Lacks a Plan for Curbing "Crippling Effect" of Persistent Budget Deficits

Rhode Island's budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session. But projected deficits for the next fiscal year are a constant -- and the long-term outlook is getting worse.
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Every year, when Rhode Island lawmakers start working on a new budget, they face a spending plan mired in red ink. By law, the budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session, usually in June. But like a boomerang, projected budget deficits zoom back to Smith Hill by the time the new session starts in January. Next year will no different -- Rhode Island already faces the fiscal year starting in July 2014 with an estimated $149 million hole. And the state lacks a plan for overcoming budget deficits that are projected to get far worse with time.

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Politics
9:05 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Reed and Whitehouse Hear About The Effects of the Sequester In Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s two US senators say the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are having a negative effect across the Ocean State.  Reports, the impact of those cuts was the focus of a forum in Providence Wednesday.

Rhode Island Housing, which recently lost 30 employees partly due to federal spending cuts, was the site of the forum hosted by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

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On Politics
5:03 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Budget Office: RI Deficit Set to Grow to 410M in FY 2018

Rhode Island continues to face onerous budget deficits for the near future -- from $149.2 million for the fiscal year starting in July 2014 to $410 million in FY 2018, according to a new five-year analysis by the state Budget Office.

The cascade of red ink will place pressure on lawmakers to find fresh spending cuts, even as new casinos in Massachusetts are expected to cut into one of Rhode Island's top revenue sources -- gambling. The legal challenge to the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system poses another possible wild card.

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