Jorge Elorza

Arts & Culture
9:42 am
Thu June 11, 2015

International And Local Musicians Set To Descend On Providence For Premiere Festival

The band/art collective Squonk Opera will be performing in Providence as part of the festival.
Credit John Altdorfer / Squonk Opera

Providence kicks off the inaugural Providence International Arts Festival Thursday. Mayor Jorge Elorza has touted the event as one of his first major initiatives to boost tourism and the arts in the capital city. The four-day festival includes public art installations, theater, and lectures all around downtown Providence. It will also include dozens of musical performances from across the globe.

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On Politics
1:10 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Elorza: OT Bill Would Devastate Cities & Towns; Firefighters Disagree, Fault Elorza

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Monday made an urgent plea for lawmakers to reject a bill that would create a 42-hour workweek for firefighters, saying it would drive up overtime costs for cities and towns across Rhode Island. But the head of the city firefighters' union disputes the likely impact, and he blames Elorza for causing the standoff over the legislation.

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RI News
3:15 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Municipal Leaders Voice Opposition To Firefighter Shift Bill

Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee, (center), announces the collective opposition of 13 municipal leaders from across Rhode Island to legislation they say would adversely affect their ability to curb costs.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Municipal officials from around the state are opposing legislation that would make fire department staffing subject to collective bargaining. They say the bill effectively eliminates their power to control the budget.

Mayors and town managers say they should have control over schedules for firefighters, to cut down the cost of overtime. Legislation now pending at the statehouse would require collective bargaining for schedule changes.

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Health Care
11:37 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Providence Health Plan To Cover Transgender Services; City Designates Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Credit The Crow's Nest / University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Providence city officials say they want to be more inclusive of transgender employees and retirees. That includes extending health insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

Providence officials say the city’s health plan will now cover a suite of services for employees and retirees who identify as transgender. That includes gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy, and behavioral health care.

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8:53 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Providence Students To Demonstrate For Better Busing

Providence City Hall

Providence students plan to demonstrate at Providence City Hall today. They’re calling for Mayor Jorge Elorza to provide bus passes for students who live two miles or more from school. Students say they must currently live two and-a-half miles from school, at minimum, in order to qualify for free bus passes.

Roselin Trinidad is a senior at Central High School, and a member of the Providence Student Union, the education advocacy group putting on the protest.

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