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The leaders of the House and Senate are visiting Israel as part of a delegation organized by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed were invited to take part in the trip. The Jewish Alliance is paying their expenses.

The week-long mission is meant to build potential partnerships with Israel and to exchange information on government, education, and entrepreneurship.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Governor Gina Raimondo continue to discuss the governor’s truck-toll proposal. Mattiello is already supporting some parts of the governor’s infrastructure plan.

Rhode Island is getting one-million dollars to help repair the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston.The bridge was closed for several weeks this summer.

The money will also help pay for the eventual replacement of the century old bridge. The span was shut for several weeks in June after inspectors deemed it structurally deficient.

Some wondered if the closure was politically motivated. The bridge is close to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s law office. The speaker didn’t push to take up a statehouse proposal for infrastructure repair last session.

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The 38 Studios lawsuit disclosures have once again cast a cloud over the Rhode Island Statehouse. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders when Rhode Islanders will finally be fed up enough to bring change to Smith Hill.

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An advocacy group opposing the new HPV vaccine requirement for seventh graders is raising money to bring the fight to the state capital. Their efforts may hit a roadblock.

 A spokeswoman says some House republicans plan to pre-file legislation aimed at reversing a new HPV vaccine requirement for middle school students. Representatives Robert Nardolillo (R-Coventry) and Justin Price (R-Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond) have spoken against the new requirement.

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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.


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.


Lawmakers on the House Finance Committee are about to get down to serious discussion of the new state budget. The fate of Governor Gina Raimondo’s most important initiatives will be in their hands.

In a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the budget will make the agenda at the Finance Committee next week. This week, the committee reviews a proposed settlement to a lawsuit over the state pension overhaul. It also plans to look over Governor Raimondo’s infrastructure-funding plan, among other issues.

I-195 Redevelopment Commission

There’s a new proposal to develop part of the former I-195 land. The project could bring in long sought-after jobs in the science and health sectors.

The proposal comes from Connecticut real estate developer, CV Properties, and Baltimore-based Wexford Science and Technology. Wexford is a real-estate developer specializing in the health sciences.


A settlement to Rhode Island's pension conflict may be announced Thursday.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said through his spokesman that a settlement may be at hand. The state has offered modest improvements on a settlement offer rejected last year in an attempt to end the pension dispute. Hanging in the balance is $4 billion in savings for the state pension plan.

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Legislative leaders Thursday praised the first budget presented by Governor Gina Raimondo. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the spending plan avoids broad-based tax increases while promoting economic development.

“I think the overall balance is good, even though some of the decisions within that balance – whether they’re on the revenue side or the cut side – is something that none of us want to consider,” said Mattiello.

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The non-partisan good government group Common Cause isn’t satisfied with a reform measure backed by House leaders in the aftermath of Gordon Fox’s guilty plea earlier this year.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it makes sense for officeholders to file their bank statements for their campaign accounts with the state agency that monitors campaign spending.