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2:17 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Johnston’s Polisena says he bulked up his campaign account to fend off the firefighters’ union

 It might not be Raimondo-like, but Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena buttressed one of the state’s 10-largest campaign accounts ($135,242) by adding clos

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Moody’s offers mixed comment on RI’s 2013 budget

Moody’s Investors Service says the $8.1 billion budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee on June 15 “is credit positive for Central Falls and schools, but leaves Woonsocket and pensions unaddressed.”

Moody’s points to “a material increase in funding for schools” — $34 million, or almost 4 percent, “marking the third consecutive annual increase in school funding. State funding for education now stands at over $900 million, well above pre-recession peak.”

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On Politics
5:21 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Nocera calls Brien a smart ALEC; rep says NYT column a “hit piece”

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist once famously talked about shrinking the federal government “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” Providence native Joe Nocera uses his New York Times’ op-ed column today to argue that state Representative Jon Brien is wielding a similar cudgel to cut spending in Woonsocket:

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Ward says Woonsocket has a strong legal hand to make cuts if talks fail; Brien defends anti-tax stan

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward invokes the example set by Providence in describing how the city might wipe out its deficit if negotiations with unions don’t get the job done.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Rosemary Booth Gallogly rips Woonsocket House delegation; says it ducked “tough decisions”

State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly has strong words for state Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien, and Robert Phillips after they failed to back a supplemental tax for cash-strapped Woonsocket in last-minute negotiations in the waning hours of the legislative session:

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