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3:52 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Lawmakers Consider "Choose Life" RI License Plate

In the final days of the legislative session lawmakers consider a state license plate that says "Choose Life."

A new license plate being considered by the General Assembly could be used to fund counseling services to discourage women from having an abortion.

The plate with the message “Choose Life” is being debated in the final two days of the legislative session this week.

Supporters say the same kind of license plate is available in Massachusetts and Connecticut. They say private groups have a legal right to raise money through license plates.

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Political Roundtable
12:15 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Binder Bows Out of Second Challenge to Fox

Author Mark Binder, who used 38 Studios as a cudgel against House Speaker Gordon Fox in a closely watched legislative race last year, has decided not to make another run at Fox.

Binder got an early start by announcing plans for a second challenge in May. Yet in a statement Monday morning, he says he's reconsidered.

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Politics
10:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

An Overview of Some of the Important Legisation Passed This Session

As the legislative session ends; a short look at the bill signed into law.
Credit RIPR FILE

The legislative session is drawing to a close. Before it ends; a look back at some of the key bills that have been passed.

Prospective employers will no longer be allowed to ask if an applicant has been convicted of a crime, under so called “ban the box” legislation approved by the General Assembly.  The legislation applies to employers with at least four employees. It allows them to ask about a person’s criminal past only in the interview process and beyond.

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The Bottom Line
5:53 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Bottom Line: Economic Development & the State Budget

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk URI professor Dr. Tony Wheeler, who directs the new URI Strategic Innovation MBS program in Providence.

They’re combing over the new state budget and what it does to boost the state’s economy. They also mull over whether Rhode Island should pay back the 38 Studios loan.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Political Roundtable: Taveras on 38 Studios Bonds, Immigration + his Political Future

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the legislative budget; paying back 38 Studios bonds; immigration legislation in Congress; and his political future.

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On Politics
1:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

It's Day Two and RI House Still Trying to Bang out a Budget

House Speaker Gordon Fox on the second day of trying to pass a state budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Rhode Island House resumed the budget debate Wednesday afternoon. It's the second day that followed an unusual defeat for House Speaker Gordon Fox which sent the state's spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 into uncertainty.

On Wednesday the House voted 67-4  on a bill that freezes tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge until February 1, 2014. The legislation also creates a commission to study how East Bay bridges are funded. And a provision in the House budget blocks any toll hikes for Newport's Pell Bridge.

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On Politics
5:20 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

TGIF: 9 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

The General Assembly heads into the home stretch, with a House budget vote set for Tuesday. On that note, welcome back to my weekly column. Your thoughts and tips are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (org), and follow me on Twitter. Here we go:

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Political Roundtable: The Good and Bad of the House Budget, + More Debate on 38 Studios

Associated Press reporter David Klepper joins the Roundtable this week as discuss the budget passed this week by the House Finance Committee; debate over repaying bonds for 38 Studios; and some of the big unresolved issues facing the General Assembly.

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On Politics
11:04 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Testimony: Independent Monitoring Promised to 38 Studios' Investors Wasn't Put in Place

Although investors in 38 Studios were promised prior to the closing of a $75 million state loan guaranty in 2010 that IBM would offer independent third-party monitoring of the company and its performance, IBM didn't sign a contract to provide that monitoring and independent oversight was never put in place, according to testimony presented last week to a legislative committee.

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On Politics
11:34 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Block Calls RI's Budget Process "Completely Backwards"

Moderate Party gubernatorial candidate Ken Block says the speed with which the House Finance Committee votes on an $8.2 billion budget -- just hours after learning the details -- is a backwards way of doing things.

As Block notes in a news release, Tuesday's committee vote on the budget stands in contrast to the typical hearing process:

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