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With the House Finance Committee set to review a revised PawSox stadium plan on Thursday, debate continues about whether the project is good or bad for Rhode Island taxpayers.

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A recent announcement that Rhode Island plans to work with Deepwater Wind, developers of the Block Island Wind Farm, on a new larger-scale offshore wind project came as a surprise to many people.

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has approved the cuts in state retiree pensions approved by the General Assembly seven years ago, in a decision released today.

The court ruled against a group of more than 100 retired public employees who took their legal case to the state’s highest court in their battle to overturn the changes designed to save taxpayers about $4 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

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Tax incentives approved Monday by the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. board -- including a previously announced agreement with submarine maker Electric Boat -- will create 2,000 jobs and about 1,000 more construction jobs, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. 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.

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Democrat Matt Brown hopes a rippling circle of support will enable him to defeat Gov. Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island's Democratic primary.

Brown, who has previously signaled his intention to run to the left of Raimondo, said the idea is to get steadily more people involved with his insurgent campaign. He said he expects about 150 supporters to attend a launch event at 6 p.m. Monday at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence.

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In a decision released Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court has given the okay for states to legalize sports betting -- a move that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo expects to add $23.5 million in new revenue for the budget year starting July 1.

The May Revenue Estimating Conference is in the books, signaling the beginning of the end of the legislative session, and all the excitement that comes with that. 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.

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Health care costs for poor residents keep increasing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if one of these state governments is giving some businesses a free ride.

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The leader of Rhode Island's Republican Party, Brandon Bell, on the intensifying race for governor, President Trump's move to take the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo wants to spend $10 million to add emission-free buses to the state's public transit authority. 

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, wants to limit state lawmakers to five two-year terms, create an office of inspector general, and institute the use of photo IDs for food benefits and add work requirements for able-bodied people receiving welfare.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, giving her a huge financial advantage over opponents as she seeks re-election.

Raimondo's campaign said she received 990 contributions "from every corner of the state, totaling more than $528,000 in the quarter."

The Democratic governor's campaign said that "both the number of Rhode Island contributions and the amount of money that Rhode Islanders contributed to Raimondo’s campaign in the quarter far exceeded Rhode Island contributions to any other candidate."

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