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8:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox

The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.

Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission "preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that's all they've done. They didn't offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint."

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3:59 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

RI Taxes and Jobs: Who pays? Who doesn't?

The ancient cliché is that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why it’s time for Rhode Island lawmakers to make a serious study of our state’s tax structure.

With Rhode Island’s economic recovery still trailing our New England neighbors, there is no better time for the General Assembly to launch a measured study of the way we levy the taxes that pay for roads, schools and social services.

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4:03 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

RI Historic Preservation Tax Credit Lottery is tomorrow

The Rhode Island General Assembly and Gov. Lincoln Chafee approved legislation reinstating historic tax credits that are used as a spur to help finance restoration of historic buildings in the Ocean State. Tomorrow, the RI Division of Taxation will hold a lottery drawing for the reopened tax credit program.

The program has been generally closed since 2008, according to a statement from Neil Downing, the division’s chief revenue agent. But some projects were grandfathered in and have been proceeding. But about $34.5 million in credits available but unclaimed as of May 15, 2013.

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3:04 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

URI: University in RI or University of RI?

Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay  talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.

The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.

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4:10 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

More RI lawmakers decline $307 annual raise

The list of Rhode Island lawmakers who have decided to forego their pay raise is getting longer. According to House leadership spokesman Larry Berman, five members of the House and 10 senators have told the Assembly that they will not be taking the $307 cost-of-living adjustment that all legislators are eligible for under the state Constitution pay provision.

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5:49 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

T.D.I. newborn, family sick leave law signed by Chafee

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation giving up to four weeks of Temporary Disability Benefits for those out of work to care for a newborn child or sick relative.

The measure, which was advocated by organized labor, covers both newborns and adopted children. The T.D. I. program  is financed by a 1.2 percent tax on the first $61,400 in income. The paid leave program takes effect on January 1, 2014.

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5:17 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Chafee signs Bryant University tax-exempt legislation

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation that will require Bryant University and Smithfield town officials to negotiate reimbursement for the university’s use of town police, fire and rescue services.

The university and its president, former U.S. Rep. Ron Machtley, have argued strenuously against the legislation, saying Bryant already contributes to the town and generates $17 in local economic activity. But town officials and Smithfield lawmakers say it is isn’t fair for Bryant to charge town taxpayers for services used by the university and its students.

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2:25 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Chafee skeptical about `Choose Life' RI license plate

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expressing skepticism over the General Assembly’s last-minute license plate legislation that created a special  anti-abortion ‘Choose Life’ plate.

Chafee spokeswomen Christine Hunsinger says the governor has made no decision yet on whether to veto the measure or let it become law but that he is concerned whether ``it is appropriate for money that flows through the Division of Motor Vehicles to go to a religious organization.’’

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12:54 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

The Good and Bad of 2013 RI General Assembly

Rhode Island’s 2013 General Assembly made history by legalizing gay marriage. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers don’t handle other issues in the same manner.

After a vigorous debate, the Assembly made history in April when it approved same gender marriage, making Rhode Island the 12th American state to sanction gay unions.

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3:08 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The economic benefits to RI of DOMA repeal and same gender marriage

When Gov. Lincoln Chafee and gay marriage advocates two years ago touted its economic benefits for Rhode Island they were widely disparaged. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why Chafee and his allies may well be right.

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