Newport voters have fought off a fully fledged casino at Newport Grand Slots Parlor twice in as many election cycles. Now a casino is in the works for Tiverton, and opposition is mounting... will the state ever give up it's love affair with gaming?
So Twin River’s parent company wants to build a new casino in Tiverton. The idea is likely to raise a few eyebrows, but RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it has to be done.
There are many Rhode Islanders who don’t believe that state government should be in the business of promoting gambling. Those critics point out the lottery games and slot-machine emporiums that speckle New England like daffodils these days are little more than cheap taxes on the poor.
Rhode Island’s Democratic General Assembly leaders want to exempt pensions and social security from state income taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if this makes sense in our cash-strapped state government.
House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, have both said that one of their top priorities when the Assembly convenes in January is legislation that would end income taxes on pensions and social security.
Newport voter turnout, likely driven by the casino referendum at Newport Grand, is high. That report comes from old friend and former great ProJo reporter Brian C. Jones.
As of 3:30 about 820 of the estimated 2,200 voters eligible to cast ballots at the city’s `Fifth Ward’ polling place at Rogers High School had voted. Election officials said that there have been a steady stream of voters all day.
As the late U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill so famously said, ``All politics is local.’’