Dominick Ruggerio

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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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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to discuss possible ways to avoid future budget stalemates, 38 Studios, the PawSox, the paid sick leave bill, and much more.

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The Rhode Island budget stalemate that flared on June 30 may be approaching an end.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio now supports bringing back senators to vote on the budget as soon as next week, according to spokesman Peter Capineri. "The president is going to start talking to members today to find out when they’re available," Capineri said via email Wednesday. "I do not believe any decision will be made today."

It appears the Senate would vote on the House version of the budget.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio held an initial meeting Tuesday evening on the state budget impasse and said they plan to continue talking.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio plan to sit down Tuesday, away from the Statehouse, to discuss the state budget impasse.

House spokesman Larry Berman confirmed the meeting.

It remains unclear if the get-together will produce an end to the stalemate.

The dispute erupted when the Senate added a last-minute amendment to the state budget late last month. Lawmakers wound up leaving the Statehouse without approving the spending plan for the fiscal year that began July first.

So much for July being a slow news month. We've got the budget impasse, governors from around the U.S., and even the Sox cutting ties with Pedro Sandoval. So thanks for welcoming back your humble correspondent. As usual, you're welcome to share your tips and comments, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The National Governor’s Conference brought leaders from around the world to Providence to discuss such topics as trade, climate change and the opioid crisis. RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay says this was a sharp contrast with Rhode Island, where lawmakers can’t even figure out how to approve a state budget. 

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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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The conventional  Rhode Island Statehouse wisdom was that the departure of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport for a private sector job and her replacement by Dominick Ruggerio of North Providence would usher in more cooperation between the House and Senate. The theory was that Ruggerio would get along better with House Speaker Nick Mattiello of Cranston, than did Paiva Weed.  All three are Democrats, but Paiva Weed and Mattiello had differences on policy and styles of leadership.

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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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With support from Governor Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders, the PawSox' proposal for a new stadium in Pawtucket is on track for a fall hearings in the General Assembly.

Raimondo announced Monday she's putting her support behind a revised deal for the baseball stadium.

Eugene McCaffrey, a former Rhode Island Democratic state representative, state senator and mayor of Warwick, has died. He was 84.

McCaffrey was the father of Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, D-Warwick.

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