Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expressing skepticism over the General Assembly’s last-minute license plate legislation that created a special anti-abortion ‘Choose Life’ plate.
Chafee spokeswomen Christine Hunsinger says the governor has made no decision yet on whether to veto the measure or let it become law but that he is concerned whether ``it is appropriate for money that flows through the Division of Motor Vehicles to go to a religious organization.’’
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has proven herself a superstar at raising campaign cash. Yet as independent-turned-Democrat Governor Lincoln Chafee faces what looks like a difficult primary next year, his ability to contribute mightily to his own campaign is a definite asset.
The General Assembly is slated to consider bills later Tuesday to revamp Rhode Island’s approach to economic development. The action comes on the last day of the legislative session.
The state Economic Development Corporation has been marked for years by turnover in its top leadership. Governor Lincoln Chafee wants to give the EDC a chance to show its stuff with a new board and a new director, Marcel Valois. But the General Assembly could make some significant changes to the agency.
When Gov. Lincoln Chafee and gay marriage advocates two years ago touted its economic benefits for Rhode Island they were widely disparaged. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why Chafee and his allies may well be right.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is supporting the General Assembly’s inclusion of money to pay back bondholders who invested in failed video game maker 38 Studios. The legislative budget includes two and a half million dollars for the bondholders.
Opponents say not paying back the bonds will be less costly than coughing up a total of 90 million dollars over 8 years. They point to how Rhode Island isn’t legally required to pay back moral obligation bonds. But Taveras agreed with those who say that not paying the money would hurt the state’s credit rating and reputation.
Congressman David Cicilline is calling this a good day for equality, reacting to news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.
“No longer will people be discriminated against because of who they love,” said Cicilline, “and all marriages will be respected and people will be treated equally under the law. That’s a great victory.”
As tonight’s budget debate in the R.I. House creaks along, some sharp-eyed lawmakers should be asking some hard questions about the item for a capital budget request of more than $3 million to purchase a vacant lot near the State House wedged between the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the state employee credit union building. . The provision was put in by Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration and originally proposed paying $3.5 million for the land, according to fiscal analysis done by House financial staffers.
Will Rhode Island ever get beyond the shadow of the 38 Studios-Curt Schilling disaster. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why state government so far has not developed options for putting this behind us.
President John F. Kennedy said famously that ``life is unfair.’’ Some men,’’ he noted, ‘’are killed in a war, some men are wounded and some men never leave the country.’’
The Republican leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives is urging lawmakers to reject calls to pay back bonds for failed video game company 38 Studios. Other state officials say a failure to pay back the bonds will hurt the state.
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry says the 6 Republicans in the House will unanimously oppose any effort to repay the 38 Studios bonds. He said legislative Democrats are rushing to judgment on the issue without having done their homework.