Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he expects the city’s budget for the last fiscal year to be balanced when the books close on it at month’s end. Providence is still working to eliminate a small structural deficit.
Taveras inherited a 110 million dollar deficit when he took office in January 2011. Since then, the city has steadily whittled down that number. Taveras says the fiscal picture is solid as City Hall prepares to close the books for the budget year that ended June 30th.
The owners of the Providence Arcade, the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall, have announced some new tenants. They include two restaurants and a women’s clothing boutique.
The largest restaurant space in the Arcade has been rented by an eatery called Rogue Island. It will specialize in local food and beer. Also joining the Arcade business group is Livi’s Pockets a purveyor of fast Mediterranean food.
Rounding out the list of new tenants is a shop called Nude, which will feature the women’s clothing and handbags of six New England designers.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan offered rare behind-the-court insights Tuesday at a forum celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island royal charter.
It’s hard to manage getting by these days without using email, but the Supreme Court of the United States does just fine without it, said Justice Elena Kagan. Speaking to about 500 people at Trinity Repertory Theatre, Kagan said they type everything on paper and have couriers deliver it.
Achievement First, a big box charter operator from Connecticut, opens its first school in Rhode Island this month. Plans for Achievement First in Rhode Island originally called for a network of public charter schools serving students in Kindergarten through the end of high school, but the proposal almost immediately ran into opposition from parents and teachers.
Christopher Mallette heads a three-year-old program called the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. Mallette says the Chicago strategy, like the one in Providence, utilizes street workers who try to mediate disputes and prevent violent conflicts.
4,000 high school seniors across Rhode Island need to beef-up their math skills so they can improve their test scores enough to graduate under a controversial new high school diploma system. Many of them are spending the summer doing just that. Roughly 100 students participated in a program wrapping up this week at the Community College of Rhode Island. It brought students from Providence, Warwick and Cranston together to study math and get a taste of college life.
“Okay, we’re gonna do five 0r 10 more minutes of class, then we’re gonna take the test.”
Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.
Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’
Rhode Island and Minnesota have become the 12th and 13th state to legalize same sex marriage. It became legal at 12:01 Thursday morning. Outside Providence City Hall was a hub of activity as gay couples sought licenses while outside, protesters on both sides of the issue picketed.