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Republican lawmakers and trucking industry representatives renewed their criticism of Governor Gina Raimondo's truck-toll program on Tuesday, arguing it will produce less revenue than expected and that better alternatives are available.

A number of thorny issues are maturing in time for the final weeks of the legislative session. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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State Rep. Blake Filippi (R-New Shoreham), the minority whip in the RI House of Representatives, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the cost of the car tax phaseout, whether marijuana should be legalized, whether the minimum wage should be raised, how Republicans will increase their legislative ranks, and a host of other legislative issues.

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In a 24-page decision released Thursday, Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney rejected Governor Gina Raimondo's request to release the grand jury records in the 38 Studios case, writing in part that "releasing documents based on mere public interest in grand jury proceedings would entirely defeat the purpose, and role, of the grand jury."

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The Pawtucket Red Sox are willing to contribute $45 million to the cost of a new $73 million stadium at the Apex site in Pawtucket, with the state and the City of Pawtucket paying an initial $38 million that would be paid back over 30 years through taxes and other revenue from the development.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said some cuts to human service programs are likely due to a nearly $100 million shortfall in state revenue.

"I don’t see how you get through this without some cuts to social services just because that’s so big [a part] of the budget," Raimondo said during a conversation with reporters Tuesday. "But we can’t balance this budget exclusively on the backs of the most vulnerable. We can find ways to tighten our belts, but we have to be humane about it."

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State lawmakers will have roughly $100 million less than expected to assemble Rhode Island's budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about her relationship with legislative leaders, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, her move as state treasurer to raise the stake in pension funds and more.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for her college tuition plan; Speaker Mattiello's commitment to phasing out the car tax; and the recall of Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson.

May is almost here, bringing a closer read on state revenue and perhaps even more sunshine. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me though the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Marvin Abney, chairman of the House Finance Committee, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the PawSox; the state budget process; whether RI spends too much money; future development in Newport; and much more.

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House Finance Chairman Marvin Abney (D-Newport) joins Political Roundtable to discuss lower than expected state revenue, and the outlook for two high-profile priorities: Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's pledge to phaseout the car tax and Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to offer Rhode Islanders two years of free college tuition.

Tax Day is behind us, and the final stretch of the legislative session is looming. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

RI GOP National Committeeman Steven Frias joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his future, how RI Republicans can be more competitive, whether RI should legalize marijuana, and more.

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