Nick Mattiello

On Politics
1:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Raimondo Unveils $1.1 Billion Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Raimondo speaks while joined by legislative leaders and other officials.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Standing under a decaying highway overpass in Olneyville, Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday unveiled a plan to improve Rhode Island's crumbling bridges by imposing a yet-to-be determined charge on large commercial trucks.

The plan calls for a $700 million bond issue, to be included as part of the budget for the next fiscal year, to jump-start transit-related construction work. To the delight of unionized workers in attendance, Raimondo characterized the initiative -- dubbed "Rhode Works" -- as a measure that will improve infrastructure while creating construction jobs.

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On Politics
3:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

TGIF: 9 Questions About Rhode Island's 2015 Summer & Some Bonus Items

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Mea Culpa: Please see Number 1A (below). We're breaking from TGIF's usual format this week to look at key questions facing Rhode Island at the traditional start to summer. While the season of beaches and barbecues is generally a more relaxed time, a lot of significant outcomes hang in the balance. So thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share your thoughts and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Blazejewski on Campaign Finance, Statehouse Politics and More

House Deputy Whip Christopher Blazejewski (D-Providence) to discuss attempts to better police political spending in the post-Gordon Fox era, fallout from last year's leadership fight, and whether House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is more liberal than described by his critics.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

State revenue is up, the Sox are down, and Friday is here. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week-long on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Raimondo, Legislative Leaders Outline Budget Priorities Following Boost in State Revenue

Raimondo during a March news conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo said the increase of more than $140 million in state revenue identified during last Friday's revenue estimating conference should be used "to invest in economic growth and putting people to work." The governor also appears to have joined with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in supporting the elimination of the Taylor Swift tax.

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