Nicholas Mattiello

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The Cranston Western Little League team has returned to Rhode Island. The team spent the last two weeks competing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania.

The Cranston West Little League team competes tonight in the Little League Worlds series. In addition to family and friends, the local team will have a prominent politician cheering them on from the stands.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said he plans to make the trek to Williamsport Pennsylvania for some of the series. Mattiello added that as a Cranston native himself, he’s especially proud.

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Three senior transportation officials have been placed on administrative leave, but it has nothing to do with the sudden closure of the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston, according to Governor Gina Raimondo.

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House Republicans say the state can fix aging bridges without new tolls on trucks. The GOP has called for $60 million a year to be set aside from the state budget for up to 12 years.

West Warwick Representative Patricia Morgan says using money from the budget would be cheaper than Governor Gina Raimondo’s plan to toll trucks. Morgan said that’s because the state would not need to build toll-collecting devices known as gantries, or pay millions in interest for borrowing money to make improvements.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is praising the budget approved by a legislative committee Tuesday a pro-business spending plan for the state. The budget is considered a political victory for Governor Gina Raimondo since she got most of what she wanted.

The House Finance Committee’s budget eliminates the business sales tax on utilities, reduces the $500 corporate minimum tax by $50, and includes incentives meant to spark jobs. Speaker Mattiello points to how it also cuts taxes on Social Security benefits and increases a tax credit meant to help the poor.

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