Nine state senators and one state rep are turning down an increase in their annual legislative pay, which is mandated by a cost of living provision in the state constitution.
The raise will boost lawmakers pay by $307 to $14,947. Democratic State Senator Adam Satchell of West Warwick turned his raise down, saying he doesn’t feel like he deserves it after one year in office.
With more than a year until Rhode Island’s next statewide primary, a growing number of candidates are emerging for some key offices.
Nellie Gorbea is the latest candidate in a three-way Democratic field for secretary of state. She boasts two decades of public and private sector and experience, and was a high-ranking aide when Matt Brown served as secretary of state.
Gorbea joins two other Democrats in the race for that seat: Guillaume de Ramel, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, and Edwin Pacheo, a former state Democratic chairman.
Common Cause of RI executive director John Marion joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss the General Assembly, selecting judges in Rhode Island, the evolving world of campaign finance, the 2014 vote on a constitutional convention, and other topics.
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on Wednesday announced a new initiative to improve mental health care for Americans.
Despite progress, Kennedy says Americans with mental illness still face discrimination and a heightened risk for suicide. He plans to launch a new effort called the Kennedy Forum to address these and similar problems. Kennedy said part of the answer is implementing a 2008 law meant to ensure parity in insurance coverage for mental health care issues.
Governor Lincoln Chafee says he stands behind his decision to appoint Eva Marie Mancuso as the state’s interim commissioner for higher education. But Chafee says he knows the state Ethics Commission could scrap the appointment.
In a ceremonial signing, Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed the temporary caregiver insurance bill into law. Rhode Island now joins California and New Jersey as the third state to offer paid leave for family caregivers.
The Senate sponsor of the bill, Gayle Goldin, cites her own experience in describing the need for paid leave for family caregivers. Goldin said she broke her back 12 years ago when a wooden balcony upon which she was standing suddenly gave way.
Moderate Party gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has hired a veteran of Rhode Island politics to manage his run for governor next year.
Block has hired Jeff Britt to run his latest campaign for governor. Last year, Britt managed a spirited run by an independent challenger to House Speaker Gordon Fox. Block said he thinks Britt has the ability to make a big difference in his campaign.
Governor Lincoln Chafee has vetoed a bill that would have authorized the issuance of a “choose life” license plate. Although many other states have such a plate, Chafee said it flies in the face of Rhode Island’s longstanding respect for the separation of church and state.
Rhode Island will not be joining 29 other states that offer anti-abortion license plates. Gov. Lincoln Chafee vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have created the plates, calling it an inappropriate use of state funding.
Proceeds from the $40 license plates would have gone to a Christian pregnancy clinic called CareNet, where women are advised against getting abortions. Supporters point out that Massachusetts and Connecticut offer similar plates.
State lawmakers approved the bill, but a three fifths majority is needed to override the governor's veto.
State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the bumpy end to the House session; new tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; repaying bonds for 38 Studios; and other issues.