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The Rhode Island House will settle in this Thursday for a lengthy session to decide the state budget for the next fiscal year. The budget debate could run multiple days.

It may not yet be time to cue The Final Countdown, but we're getting there with House Finance signing off on a new state budget. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The House Finance Committee approved early Friday a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget begins a phaseout of the car tax while also launching a new program to offer free college tuition to students at the Community College of Rhode Island.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday the House has substantial agreement with the Senate and the governor’s office on most issues. Through his spokesman, Mattiello said final details continue to be addressed ahead of the vote.

Rhode Island's next big election season is slowly emerging even as summer beckons. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years attracted mostly positive reviews during an initial House Finance Committee hearing Tuesday night. 

June is here, Speaker Mattiello's long-awaited car tax plan has arrived, and the end of the legislative session is coming into view. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island House Speaker Nick Mattiello has put forward a plan to get rid of the car tax. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s a fine plan, but he asks a nettlesome question  – can the state afford it?  

Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook on the PawSox and the sustainability of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello on Tuesday outlined his proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years, asserting that "economic growth and leaner government" will enable the state to make up for an eventual loss of $220 million in revenue to cities and towns each year.

If you come to a fork in the road, take it. So said Yogi Berra, and the expression seems fitting given recent news. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week via the twitters. Here we go.

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One day after a top lawmaker effectively killed prospects for a new PawSox stadium in the current General Assembly session, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien said Wednesday that Rhode Island will take an economic hit if the team moves elsewhere.

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State Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said Tuesday there's not enough time in the current legislative session to consider the PawSox' proposal 

A number of thorny issues are maturing in time for the final weeks of the legislative session. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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The $73 million proposal for a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket faces an uncertain path in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

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