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David Sullivan, Rhode Island’s well-regarded state tax administrator, is leaving his post in state government for a private sector job.


Governor Gina Raimondo is using the words “Christmas tree” in connection with a holiday celebration at the State House. That’s in contrast to the initial approach used by former governor Lincoln Chafee.

In Governor Chafee’s first year in office, in 2011, he called the tree in the State House rotunda a “holiday tree.” Chafee maintained his approach was in keeping with tradition, but critics said the governor was stepping on the spirit of the holiday.

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For her first Thanksgiving as governor, Gina Raimondo says she’ll be with family at her mother’s home in Greeneville. Raimondo says the menu for 20 will include some typical dishes.

“And we’ll have all the regular fixings plus...a lot of macaroni," said Raimondo. "Of course we’ll have the turkey and the stuffing, but in our house it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if you don’t also have the pasta.”

Raimondo says she wishes all Rhode Islanders a Happy Thanksgiving. 

The state is distributing some $4.5 million dollars for job training programs around the state. The money will be split among 26 groups.

The winning groups include Rhode Island businesses and non-profits across sectors from finance to defense. North Kingstown-based submarine builder Electric Boat received the largest grant of almost $370,000.

Electric Boat training manager Craig Sipe said the company will use the grant to expand training programs.

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The president of Wexford Science & Technology, which has proposed a one-million-square-foot mixed-use development on five acres in the I-195 District, told a crowd of business and civil leaders Monday night that Providence has the necessary elements to create a successful innovation hub.

After a mid-November slowdown, politics near and far remains roiled by fallout from the Paris attacks. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome via email, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Since the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans and Rhode Islanders have been engaged in debate over the fate of refugees.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Islanders must consider our state’s immigrant heritage.

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Governor Gina Raimondo now says she will welcome Syrian refugees, if the Obama administration asks her to. The statement came after competing rallies at the Statehouse as public debate over the issue continues.

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In a reaction to the attacks in Paris last Friday, some state lawmakers are sharing their views with Governor Gina Raimondo about whether Syrian refugees should be allowed into the state.

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Rhode Island is gaining notice as a contender in the high-stakes battle over General Electric's possible relocation from Connecticut, thanks to the state pension overhaul spearheaded by Governor Gina Raimondo in 2011.


Tourism has long been a foundation of Rhode Island’s economy. As Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration rolls out a new tourism promotion plan, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the state must include local tourism councils in any new initiative.

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column as we head into the run-up to Thanksgiving. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome via email, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Don’t be fooled by the recent blush of September-like weather; New Englanders know winter is on  the way.

In this vein, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation announced today that the state is getting an additional $2.4 million in federal money from the Federal  Emergency Management Agency to help defray cleanup costs from last winter’s big January snowstorm.

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A Block Island lawmaker wants to prevent the state from imposing new tolls on passenger cars.

Governor Gina Raimondo has said tolling passenger cars is not part of her $1.1 billion infrastructure improvement plan.

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Rhode Island ranks fifth nationwide in a survey of government integrity. But the rank comes with a grade of just a D+. No state scored higher than a C.