PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Incoming Gov. Lincoln Chafee is planning what his office says is a frugal inauguration on Jan. 4, featuring Rhode Island's favorite free public arts event, Waterfire.
Chafee's office says Wednesday it recognizes the difficult economic climate and to cut costs, there won't be an inaugural ball. Instead, the five general officers will hold five evening receptions in Providence in restaurants overlooking Waterfire.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major change is coming to the Republican Party of Rhode Island. State chair Giovanni Cicione says he does not want to run for re-election and is seeking someone to replace him.
"As a volunteer, father and business owner, I've got a lot of things pulling on me," he says. "I think four years has been a good run and I'd love to find someone willing to put in the same level of effort and keep the ball rolling because we've got a good thing going on."
WASHINGTON – In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by Rhode Island and other states to force cuts in power plant emissions.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says closing an almost 300 million dollar deficit for the next fiscal year will require significant cuts to state government.
Rhode Island faces a deep deficit for the fiscal year starting next July first due to the loss of federal stimulus money. Chafee says closing that gap will require reductions in spending by many state departments.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he wants to keep Rosemary Booth Gallogly as head of the Department of Revenue.
Gallogly is currently the acting director at the department, a post she was appointed to by outgoing Republican Gov. Don Carcieri in March. She is also the head of the Department of Administration, but Chafee has nominated former Democratic Lt. Gov. Richard Licht for that post.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has added three members to his transition team.
Margaret Holland McDuff is the CEO of Family Service of Rhode Island, John Simmons is executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Lawyer Claire Richards has previously served as special counsel to Governor Carcieri, among other positions.
Chafee says the trio brings experience, energy and knowledge to his transition.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione is touting two GOP members as possible challengers to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in 2012.
Cicione told the Washington publication Roll Call that he may challenge Whitehouse if other candidates don't come forward. But Cicione says he'd prefer that other Republicans, like Governor Carcieri or Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, represent the GOP.