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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Political Roundtable: RI's High Unemployment, 38 Studios + Taveras' Universal Pre-K Pitch

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Our panel this week discusses RI's persistently high unemployment; Senator Dawson Hodgson's renewed call for an outside investigation into 38 Studios; Angel Taveras' proposal for instituting universal pre-K in Rhode Island; and Scott MacKay and Maureen Moakley's top turkeys of 2013.

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RI News
8:35 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Rhode Island's Unemployment Increasing

Unemployment persists in the Ocean State.
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is headed in the wrong direction.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate increased from 8.9 percent in July to 9.1 percent in August.  At the same time the national unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.

The number of unemployed residents is 50,100 – up 800 from July. Over the year, however, the number of unemployed has fallen by about eight thousand.

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RI Economy
3:05 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Extended Benefits for RI Unemployed to be cut in August

What's called Tier 4 unemployment benefits will be cut in Rhode Island starting August 10th.
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Starting next month, extended unemployment benefits will drop from 73 weeks to 63 weeks. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training said the cut comes thanks to lower unemployment numbers.

States with an average unemployment rate of 9 percent or higher can offer what’s called Tier 4 of federal unemployment benefits that lasts for ten weeks. But because Rhode Island’s June unemployment rate of 8.9 percent brought the state’s average down below the threshold, it can no longer offer those ten weeks of extra benefits.

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

The start of June has done nothing, naturally, to stop the breakneck flow of news in the Land of The Gift That Keeps on Giving. So welcome back to my weekly column. You can reach me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) com, and (please) follow me on Twitter. Let's head in.

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On Politics
9:59 am
Mon April 8, 2013

GOP Reps Invite Gun Makers to RI from "Hostile Territory"

With state officials due to release their proposal Tuesday for curbing gun violence, Republican House lawmakers are inviting gun makers to relocate to Rhode Island in response to changes in Connecticut and Maryland. A legislative news release says the changes render those two states as "hostile territory":

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Taveras Rolls Out Economic Plan; Previews Message for Possible Run for Governor

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras unveiled a 20-point economic plan Wednesday morning during a meeting of the Providence Foundation. The mayor's repeated rhetorical emphasis -- how Providence has bounced back from the financial abyss thanks to collaboration and shared sacrifice -- sounded like one message he'll wield next year during an expected Democratic run for governor.

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Political Roundtable
2:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Stenhouse on Why Rhode Island Isn't More Competitive

Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about the center's mission, its proposal to eliminate the sales tax, its report card on Rhode Island's competitiveness, and other issues.

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On Politics
4:21 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to the list.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Woonsocket Council Prez Ward Concerned About Possible Tax Hit for CVS

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward is concerned that jobs provided by CVS Caremark Corporation could vanish if the company loses a big chunk of a state tax credit.

"Based on their reaction, I'm a little concerned," Ward said, referring to how CVS lobbyist Robert Goldberg said the company may reconsider its ties to Rhode Island if it loses part of a job development tax credit worth about $15 million a year.

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