Lincoln Chafee

Politics
4:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Your thoughts and emails are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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Business
7:08 am
Fri January 18, 2013

RI employment picture improving

(PROVIDENCE, RI)  Governor Lincoln Chafee says the latest jobless data shows Rhode Island’s economy is on the mend.  But the unemployment rate is still in double digits and still the highest in New England.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate went from 10.4 percent in November to 10.2 percent in December.  But that’s not why the Governor called the news media to his office to  trumpet the data.  He’s energized by five key metrics used to calculate the jobless figure – all of which are moving in the right direction for only the second time in six years.
 

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Chafee talks budget, same-sex marriage, and his political future

Governor Lincoln Chafee says his new budget builds on attempts by his administration to position Rhode Island for better days. Joined by RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, we also talk about the fight over same-sex marriage legislation, the governor's political plans for 2014, and other issues.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Political Roundtable: Gov. Chafee calls his budget an investment in the future

Governor Chafee says his budget priorities have been consistent.
Credit James Baumgartner

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about his budget, Rhode Island's economy,  and regional competition for a better tax climate. Also joining me in the discussion are RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay and guest panelist David Klepper from the Associated Press.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chafee's message emerging in the run-up to 2014

Chafee delivering his State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis

Glimmers of Lincoln Chafee's campaign message for 2014 are starting to emerge as part of the media offensive in support his latest budget.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

EngageRI reminds Chafee of how pension savings gave him budget flexibility

EngageRI, the pro-pension overhaul group started with encouragement from state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, is reminding Governor Lincoln Chafee of how pension savings made possible many of the initiatives in his new budget.

EngageRI chairman John Galvin says in a statement:

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Politics
12:34 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chafee calls Massachusetts' governor's tax proposal "a curveball"

Governor Lincoln Chafee is winning a measure of plaudits for a budget with no new taxes and a proposed cut of the corporate tax from 9 percent to 7 percent over three years. But a tax initiative by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is raising uncertainly about the net effect of Chafee's initiative.

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Politics
9:17 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee's budget calls for biz tax cut, more education spending

Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his State of the State address
Credit Ian Donnis

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Gov. Lincoln Chafee won positive reviews Wednesday night for a state budget with no new taxes and a reduction in the corporate tax. The governor’s spending plan also includes more money for education and creating jobs.

Chafee’s budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st takes a different approach from his last two spending plans. Rather than proposing new taxes, the governor defended a decision to cut the corporate tax from nine to seven percent over three years. He says doing that makes sense even though money for social services remains tight.

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Business
8:48 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Providence Chamber pleased with Gov. Chafee's State of the State address

Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his State of the State address
Credit Ian Donnis

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce says there was a lot to like in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s State of the State address.

Chamber President Laurie White says last night’s address showed that the governor is serious about putting forth a pro-economic growth budget. She says she’s encouraged that the address came during a week that brought a new study and a legislative conference focused on the state’s economy.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee's new budget cuts corporate tax, avoids tax hikes

After trying unsuccessfully for the last two years to get the General Assembly to go along with a series of tax proposals, Governor Lincoln Chafee goes in a very different direction with his proposal for the budget year starting July 1. The budget eschews tax hikes and proposes cutting Rhode Island's corporate tax from 9 percent to 7 percent over three years.

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