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On Politics
3:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget

The General Assembly has approved the state's $8.7 billion dollar budget.
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The usual special interest groups are blasting the new state budget approved by the General Assembly. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says maybe lawmakers did  the best they could in tough times.

Rhode Island’s General Assembly has approved an $8.7 billion taxing and spending plan for the financial year that begins July First. This budget has drawn fire from the usual suspects who roam the marble Statehouse corridors lobbying for their causes.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

RI Senate Passes State Budget; Awaits Governor's Approval

Senate Finance chairman Daniel DaPonte during the budget discussion.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign into law the $8.7 billion budget passed Monday by the Rhode Island Senate. Senators took less than an hour to passing the spending plan on a 32-to-five vote.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu June 12, 2014

House Lawmakers Set To Take Up State Budget

A vote on the state budget is expected from the House Thursday evening.
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Lawmakers are set to begin their annual marathon session this Thursday to vote on a budget for the fiscal year starting July first. The $8.7 billion spending plan eliminates tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’s gotten only positive feedback about the spending plan. The budget cuts the corporate tax rate from 9 to 7 percent and raises the exemption for the inheritance tax. The spending plan also includes $12.3 million to continue paying back investors in 38 Studios.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Finance Committee To Take First Pass At 2015 State Budget

The House Finance Committee is expected to voted on the State Budget Thursday night.
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The House Finance Committee is expected to vote this Thursday on a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The General Assembly traditionally makes significant revisions to the governor’s proposed spending plan.

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Politics
9:07 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Senate Committee Votes To Eliminate Sakonnet River Tolls

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed in the Finance Committee.
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A state Senate committee voted Tuesday to create a new Rhode Island infrastructure fund that would eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, the bill faces several hurdles to take effect.

The legislation unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee would generate 800 million dollars over 10 years for keeping up roads and bridges. Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed calls the bill a long-term approach, starting next year, for improving the state’s decaying infrastructure.

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On Politics
4:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Marcello On Fallout From the Speaker Fight

Marcello (right) during the speaker vote on March 25.
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State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), who lost the battle last month to succeed Gordon Fox as House speaker, says he's unsure if members of the faction that backed him will try to increase their numbers by supporting primary challengers this September.

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The Bottom Line
5:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Bottom Line: Maintaining Bridges With Or Without Tolls

A state representative says he's outlived one Sakonnet River Bridges in his lifetime. He's concerned about whether the state will find the funds to maintain the current one.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Mattiello on the Pension Settlement, Tolls, Ethics, the Master Lever & More

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and guest panelist Erika Niedowski of The Associated Press join Bonus Q+A this week to discuss changes in the RI House; the proposed pension settlement; whether the House should vote on a proposal to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly; and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Edwards on Sakonnet Tolls, the Pension Settlement & the Gun Debate

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State Representative John "Jay" Edwards joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; the Statehouse debate over guns; fallout from the Cranston parking ticket scandal; and the proposed state pension settlement.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Edwards on Tolls, Jobs, Infrastructure, the General Assembly & More

State Representative John "Jay" Edwards (D-Tiverton) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; why RI's roads and bridges are in such poor repair; whether the General Assembly is doing enough to boost the economy; the political fallout from 38 Studios; and much more.

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