Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his budget; tax stabilization agreements; the search for an economic development director; the Superman Building; snow-removal; and much more.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1; the PawSox' proposed Providence ballpark; and the takeaways from recent events in Baltimore.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said he was racially profiled by police "countless times" as a youth and young man in Rhode Island's capital city.

"It's just part of growing up in the city -- which is very unfortunate and sad," Elorza, a son of Guatemalan immigrants, said Thursday during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable. "I've been pulled over a number of times, so I'm sensitive to that."

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It’s been a year since the death of local musician David Lamb, whose passing threw the future of the folk duo Brown Bird into question. This week saw the release of the band’s final album. Crafted during Lamb’s battle with leukemia, the album was finished by his wife MorganEve Swain, the other half of the band. Music journalists are calling it Brown Bird’s swan song.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Wednesday touted his proposed $696 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 as a way to continue the capital city's financial recovery while making it more business-friendly.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is slated to deliver his first budget address Wednesday. The capital city is facing a sizeable deficit.

The budget hole could be as large as $23 million. That’s a lot less than the deficit former Mayor Angel Taveras called a fiscal hurricane, but it’s still a significant gap to fill.

Mayor Jorge Elorza has pledged to cultivate broad-based economic growth, while holding the line against tax increases. Complicating the outlook is the fact that Providence needs to negotiate new contracts for teachers and municipal workers.

The owner of the Victory Place parcel near Davol Square, JAG Investment Realty, on Tuesday suggested the site as an alternative location for creating a stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, a managing partner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was in Rhode Island to speak with the 195 District Commission Monday about the PawSox's proposal for a new stadium in ballpark. Lucchino sat down with me ahead of the commission's meeting to discuss the proposal.

Two co-owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are slated to make a pitch on their Providence stadium proposal to the 195 Redevelopment Commission Monday. Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino will be one of those speaking to the commission. The move comes as the team has indicated some flexibility in its proposal for a Providence ballpark, including possibly buying the land for it.

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In a letter sent Saturday, the Pawtucket Red Sox' new ownership requests a meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo "to consider various alternatives and explore ways to accomplish our mutual objective" of keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island with a Providence stadium, "including the possible purchase of the state land for the ballpark."

Two economists take differing views of the PawSox’ proposal to build a stadium in downtown Providence. One says the plan would bring strong potential for economic development. But as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports, another economist says the public investment isn’t worth it.

Victor Matheson studies the economics of sports and gaming at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He takes a skeptical view of the PawSox proposal to spend some $85 million on a baseball park on the Providence waterfront.

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The Paw Sox play their home opener against Rochester Thursday evening at McCoy Stadium. With new owners planning to move the team, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien says it’s a bittersweet start to the season.

“We’re encouraging everybody to go to the games, let people know how much you care about the organization,” said Grebien. “But when they’re there don’t be afraid to comment, or write a letter, or put in the comment cards how disappointed you are that they aren’t staying in Pawtucket.”

Grebien says there was no communication about opening day events.

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the winners for this year’s innovation fellowships.  The program is aimed at sparking new ideas for the state. The award comes with a $300,000 grant.

This year’s two winners include John Haley, a scientist specializing in marine fisheries.  He’s working on a product to improve mussel aquaculture.  It’s a kind of cord that’s “pre-loaded” with mussel larvae to speed up the cultivation time for mussel farmers.

The debate over the Pawtucket Red Sox and a public subsidy to help keep the team in Rhode Island began in earnest Wednesday as PawSox ownership unveiled their much-anticipated plan for a $70 million ballpark next to the Providence River. According to the proposal, a 30-year lease/sublease agreement would have a net cost to the state of about $2 million a year.

PawSox ownership said its proposal does not include issuing any bonds or public debt, and that the team will pay for the full cost of the design and construction of its envisioned 10,000 seat ballpark.

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The waiting is almost over for details on the Providence ballpark envisioned by the new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was initially slated to join PawSox president James Skeffington for an unveiling of the team's ask Wednesday at 2 pm at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Lucchino will instead be at Fenway Park for a 1 pm Red Sox game set to include an observation of the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.