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The Education Blog
9:27 am
Wed December 10, 2014

College Savings Start At Birth

Starting on January 1st, parents in Rhode Island will have the option to sign up for a $100 grant for college tuition while they are still in the hospital with a newborn baby.

The change to the CollegeBoundbaby program, announced by Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo, will add the grants to the same forms parents fill out to get a birth certificate. State officials say they hope it will encourage more families to start college savings accounts when their children are young.

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On Politics
9:41 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Seth Magaziner Staffing Up With Jeff Padwa & Andrew Roos

Treasurer-elect Seth Magaziner is hiring Providence City Solicitor Jeff Padwa as deputy treasurer/legal counsel while retaining Andrew Roos as chief of staff.

Magaziner said Padwa brings "a wealth of experience" from his tenure as city solicitor during Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' administration since 2011, including overseeing a staff of more than 30 workers.

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RI News
2:17 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

RI ACLU Files Lawsuit Against The Providence Department

ACLU director Steven Brown
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit against the Providence Police Department.  The ACLU says the department violated the rights of two protesters outside a campaign fundraiser for Gina Raimondo.

Last year Shannah Kurland was arrested for refusing to move during a protest at Roger Williams Park against then-gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  Kurland said she was moved so far away from the event, more than 250 feet, that her protest was ineffectual; violating her rights to free speech and public demonstration.

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The Education Blog
1:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Raimondo To Announce Universal College Savings Plan

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo will unveil details Wednesday of a plan to start college savings for every baby born in Rhode Island.

Under the initiative, the state’s CollegeBoundfund will offer to put aside $100 dollars for every newborn baby. Parents can choose whether to add additional funds over time.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of families with college savings plans, encourage more families to start saving early and make it easier to enroll in the CollegeBoundbaby program.

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On Politics
1:59 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Raimondo Names Roberts as Her Pick to Lead Health and Human Services

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo on Sunday said she's nominating Elizabeth Roberts to lead the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services with the expectation that Roberts will make EOHHS a national leader in controlling growing Medicaid costs.

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On Politics
5:33 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

TGIF: 16 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The incoming administrations are assembling their staffs (read on), as time ticks down for the Class of 2010. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and tips via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
4:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: What's Behind The CVS-Boston Connection

CVS Health headquarters in Woonsocket.
Credit CVS Health

What to make of the news that CVS Health, which is headquartered in Rhode Island, is opening a high-tech center in Boston.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

Rhode Island-based CVS Health employs more than 7,000 workers in our state. The pharmacy giant calls Woonsocket home, but the recent news that it is opening a high-tech center in Boston sent shivers through segments of the business and  economic development community in a state with New England’s highest unemployment rate.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Political Roundtable: Pension Trial, Raimondo's Chief of Staff & More

Pablo Rodriguez joins Political Roundtable this week as we discuss the outlook for a trial on the pension dispute; Governor-elect Gina Raimondo going out of state to pick her chief of staff; fallout from recent cases in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, and questions about unregistered lobbying.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Raimondo Ultimately Outspent Gubernatorial Rivals During Election Cycle

Gina Raimondo outspent both her major gubernatorial rivals; Republican Allan Fung, Moderate Bob Healey.
Credit RIPR FILE

Democrat Gina Raimondo outspent Republican rival Allan Fung by a more than 2-to-1 margin during the 2014 campaign. Raimondo will be sworn in as governor January 6th.

Raimondo spent more than five million dollars as part of her winning run for governor. She beat Fung on a 4-point margin in the November 4th election. Fung himself spent about $2 million during the campaign.  The two candidates have almost exhausted their accounts. Raimondo has just less than $50 thousand left in her war chest, while Fung has about $66 thousand.

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RI News
8:41 am
Thu December 4, 2014

More Red Ink In The Forecast For Rhode Island's Next Fiscal Year

More red ink is expected in the upcoming 2015 state budget.
Credit RIPR FILE

Efforts to eliminate a $66 million deficit in the current state budget will be the subject of a House Finance Committee meeting this Thursday; and more red ink is forecast for the next fiscal year.

The Finance Committee plans to hear from state department directors about attempts to cut higher-than-expected spending.  Spending in some departments can rise unexpectedly, for example, due to fluctuations in the inmate population at the state prison or overtime by state workers.

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