Gina Raimondo

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In the second installment of our year-end interview with Governor Gina Raimondo, she talks about her next budget proposal, the financial outlook in Providence, her attempt to cut Medicaid spending, whether new steps are needed to fight corruption, and more.

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Gina Raimondo has had a busy year since taking office as Rhode Island’s first female governor last January. The Democrat campaigned on a theme of improving the state’s economy, and that remains a central issue.

Raimondo recently sat down in her State House office to discuss  her first year with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.

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State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins the Bonus Q+A segment this week to discuss the effectiveness of the Raimondo administration's incentive program; whether the state can play a role in reviving the Superman Building; attempts to attract a Cambridge Innovation Center office, and much more.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to talk about Wexford Science & Technology's proposal for the I-195 District; Rhode Island's attempt to attract General Electric from Connecticut; and Gov. Raimondo's first-year record on economic development.

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Governor Gina Raimondo plans to stage a summit next week to offer an update on efforts to improve the state’s economy.

Raimondo said the summit -- similar to one she staged last December -- will happen at 5 p.m. next Wednesday, December 16, at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus. The meeting is open to the public, although advance registration is required.

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Rhode Island government agencies are among the state’s top energy consumers, spending about $35 million a year on energy bills.

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order to reduce that energy consumption. She’s committing state agencies to get 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025 and to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent by 2019.

Former state representative Tim Williamson argues in a letter to the state Ethics Commission that Rhode Island's revolving door law doesn't apply to him.

In a letter dated December 4, Williamson seeks an advisory opinion on whether anything in the Code of Ethics bars him from seeking or accepting a judicial post, due to his part-time work as a lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee.

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) on Wednesday harshly criticized the absence of any Republican lawmakers on a school funding formula working group, as well as how Governor Gina Raimondo handled the response to his request to include a GOP representative.

Kristin Gourlay

Gov. Gina Raimondo asked a group of health care experts and stakeholders to come up with a plan to keep health care spending in check. She asked them to consider placing a cap on all health care spending, and other measures to slow spending growth. This week the group announced four recommendations for her consideration.

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s recent roll out of more than $4 million in job training grants to a bevy of Rhode Island agencies likely includes some money that may end up training Connecticut workers, RIPR has learned.

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The Rhode Island Trucking Association said Monday it is filing an open record request to learn additional details about Governor Gina Raimondo's controversial truck-toll proposal, after previous requests for the information went unanswered.

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For Thanksgiving week, the panel looks back at Rhode Island political stories for which we were thankful for in 2015, as well as our top political turkeys of the year.

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

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