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RI News
9:02 am
Mon April 6, 2015

So-Called 'Taylor Swift Tax' Goes Before House Lawmakers

A beach house like this one in Misquamicut, could be subject to new taxes if the owners don't live there full time, and it's worth more than $1 million.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The house finance committee is set to hear testimony this week regarding portions of the proposed state budget. The agenda includes the so-called “Taylor Swift Tax.”

It’s known that way because of the pop singer who owns a multi-million dollar vacation home in Westerly… the budget article proposes a property tax on vacation homes worth more than one million dollars.

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Health Care
8:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

New Phase Begins For Group Tasked With Cutting Medicaid Spending

Health and human services secretary Elizabeth Roberts leads the group tasked with cutting some $180-million dollars from the Medicare budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A group charged with finding nearly $180 million dollars in savings from Rhode Island’s Medicaid program begins the second phase of its work Monday.

Throughout March Governor Gina Raimondo’s Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid held town hall meetings across the state to gather public input. Now they must get down to the hard work of finding ways to save money. They have until the end of the month to deliver recommendations to the Governor.

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RI News
3:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Providence Police Conclude Investigation Into Fatal RIPTA Accident

The site of the bus accident in Providence. The Statehouse is visible in the background
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Providence police have concluded their investigation into a public bus accident that resulted in the death of a nine-year old girl.  Investigators do not believe the accident was the result of operator error by the bus driver.

                                  

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RI News
8:53 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Sen. Reed Reacts Cautiously To Potential Iranian Nuclear Deal

Senator Jack Reed is the ranking Democrat in the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Credit RIPR FILE

Senator Jack Reed is extending cautious response to a potential nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers. Reed is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In a statement, Reed says serious challenges remain on the road to a contract preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Reed is supportive of a deal, saying it’s in the best interest of national security.

He encourages negotiators to continue their diplomatic work, imploring them to be as transparent possible. 

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RI News
8:16 am
Fri April 3, 2015

New Pawsox Owners Tout Proposed Providence Location For New Stadium

New PawSox owner James Skeffington speaks to media at the proposed site of a 10,000 seat baseball stadium.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox hosted a walking tour Thursday of the proposed site for a new stadium in Providence. The owners want to move the team from Pawtucket, but there are questions about their plan.

The new owners group wants to build a 10-thousand seat baseball stadium, on a piece of former highway land near downtown Providence. Some of that land was set aside for a public park.  But the owners say it’s ideal for a stadium because of its central location, close to amenities and public transit.

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