Gina Raimondo

On Politics
1:58 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PawSox: Providence Ballpark Would Cost State About $2M Per Year

An artist rendering of the PawSox stadium in Providence.

The debate over the Pawtucket Red Sox and a public subsidy to help keep the team in Rhode Island began in earnest Wednesday as PawSox ownership unveiled their much-anticipated plan for a $70 million ballpark next to the Providence River. According to the proposal, a 30-year lease/sublease agreement would have a net cost to the state of about $2 million a year.

PawSox ownership said its proposal does not include issuing any bonds or public debt, and that the team will pay for the full cost of the design and construction of its envisioned 10,000 seat ballpark.

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Health Care
11:06 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Hearings Begin On Proposed Cuts To Medicaid

Lawmakers begin hearings today on proposed cuts to Medicaid, the state’s medical assistance program for the poor.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has asked a task force to recommend ways to trim $90 million dollars in state spending on Medicaid. The senate finance committee is scheduled to hear testimony about several budget proposals that would cut payments to hospitals and nursing homes.

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Local Features
4:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Supporters, Opponents Divided with Providence Ballpark Plan Set For Unveiling

PawSox President James Skeffington leads reporters on a recent tour of his ownership group's intended site for a Providence ballpark.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox plan to unveil Wednesday afternoon their proposal for building a new ballpark in Providence. Some observers are excited about the move to bring professional baseball to Rhode Island’s capital city. Yet others are wary about using public dollars for a private enterprise. There’s also debate about using part of a site targeted for high-wage jobs.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:38 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Will A Rising Economic Tide Lift All Boats?

Misquamicut Beach came back after Superstorm Sandy, can RI's economy come back after the great recession?
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Rhode Island’s foundering economic is again the top Statehouse topic. Political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts as we at Rhode Island Public Radio kickoff our series on our state’s slow recession recovery. 

If Rhode Island was a lake, we’d all be drowning under the weight of decades of reports and high falutin  expert commissions charged with dissecting our state’s economic doldrums. Wonks, business leaders, academics and consultants have produced turgid chronicles – with scant results – on how to heal the sickest economy in New England.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Walsh on the Pension Battle, Charter Schools, Gordon Fox & More

Robert Walsh of the National Education Association Rhode Island stopped by our studio to talk about the proposed state pension settlement; charter schools; the gag order in the pension case; Gordon Fox; and more.

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