Jorge Elorza

There was a lot going down in Providence this week, so that's a good place to start 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.

Classical High School, Providence’s by examination secondary school, is holding a 175th birthday party on March 20th.

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The Rhode Island governors’ race is getting underway. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the campaign’s negative start doesn’t bode well for voters seeking a serious discussion of state issues.


The political heat is rising, slowly but surely, as we move closer to election season. 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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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable to discuss the ongoing immigration debate and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's use of public safety in Providence as an issue to criticize Gov. Raimondo.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A ahead of his latest State of the City address to talk finances, Providence's long-term structural issues, education, negotiating a new contract with the Providence Teachers Union, and more.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is moving forward with a municipal identification program first announced in his 2018 city budget. Elorza signed an executive order enacting the program on Thursday. 

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A longtime community activist is running to be Providence's next mayor. 

The fall campaign announcement season is here, bringing us closer to a new year bursting with political storylines. So thanks for stopping by. 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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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza unveiled the first of ten so-called giving meters Thursday, making Rhode Island's capital the latest city to adopt refurbished parking meters as tools aimed at helping residents in need.

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Update: The Providence board of Tax Assessment Review today denied Paolino's appeal. Next stop, says Paolino: Superior Court.

Joseph R. Paolino Jr, the former  Providence mayor and large downtown property owner, is seeking a tax reduction on the former Fleet Bank building at 50 Kennedy Plaza because of the presence of panhandlers and incidences of petty crime in the area.

Your humble correspondent never expected to be in the Statehouse for a budget vote in August. Then again, Rhody politics is full of surprises, right? So thanks for stopping by. 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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Providence City Council Finance Committee Chairman John Igliozzi joined Political Roundtable this week to discuss how a budget impasse affected the largest city in Rhode Island; President Donald Trump’s announcement of a new immigration bill that would give priority to skilled workers; and Mayor Jorge Elorza’s job performance. 

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Remember Rhode Island’s disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling? The state invested $75 million of taxpayer dollars in Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios and lost it all before a lawsuit clawed back most of the money. It was one of the worst financial decisions in Rhode Island history. Yet the company that served as the state’s financial adviser on the deal has continued doing business throughout the state.

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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital chain, is resuming payments in lieu of taxes to the city of Providence, Lifespan announced today.

Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau said that better finances have led the hospital to resume the payments to Providence with a $400,000 contribution. According to the hospital system, Lifespan’s finances have rebounded from a $33 million operating loss to a break-even status on its balance sheet, enabling the system to resume the payments.

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