By Elisha Aldrich on August 28, 2015
Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, said there were some big wins for sustainable and equitable development in the last legislative session. RhodeMapRI was not one of them, he acknowledged. “A lot of the economic development proposals that we thought were good for smart growth passed,” Wolf said. “Those are embodied […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged development, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Gina Raimondo, Grow Smart RI, GrowSmart, Rhode Works, RhodeMap, Scott Wolf, smart growth, urban, urban redevelopment | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 20, 2015
Rhode Island gave away more than $30 million to 18 companies in 2015, according to a new report from the state Division of Taxation. This is almost twice the $14.8 million it gave away in 2014, according to an analysis of that report by the Economic Progress Institute. The new Division of Taxation report is not […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 14, 2015
Representative Patricia Serpa (D- District 27) is already preparing for next year’s legislative session, as she today announced that she will prefile legislation designed to assist home and business owners that were harmed by the storm on Aug. 4. Serpa is the chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, as well as a representative for […]
By Bob Plain on August 11, 2015
No ground has been broken yet, but it can now be said that the much-maligned moratorium on school construction is officially over. Governor Gina Raimondo today launched the new School Building Authority Capital Fund, a $20 million line item in the 2016 budget that will go to fixing Rhode Island’s aging and too often decrepit […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 11, 2015
Last week, Governor Gina Raimondo and SEIU District 1199 New England reached an agreement concerning family childcare providers that are part of the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. This agreement was made in part due to legislation from 2013, which established collective bargaining rights for family childcare providers. The SEIU unanimously approved the two-year agreement. […]
Posted in Economy, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, CCAP, Child Care, Child Care Assistant Program, Children, early education, Education, Gina Raimondo, Patrick Quinn, seiu, SEIU District 1199NE | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 7, 2015
As Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Thursday, Governor Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea observed the historic Act’s passing in their own way – by signing into law legislation that will update Rhode Island’s voting equipment for the first time in 20 years. Bills S999 and H6312, sponsored […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged board of elections, Cynthia Coyne, equipment, Gina Raimondo, infrastructure, john marion, Kathleen Fogarty, Nellie Gorbea, technology, Voting, women | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 5, 2015
The plant, called the Clear River Energy Center, would utilize fracking to generate energy with natural gas. Fracking is a process that involves drilling into the earth, and then shooting a high-pressure water mixture at the rock to release the natural gas inside… the process uses huge amounts of water that must be transported to the site. Second, many worry that dangerous chemicals used in the process may contaminate groundwater around the site. There are also concerns that fracking causes small earthquakes.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Burriville, clean energy, Clear River Energy Center, Environment, fang, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Renewable Energy, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Robert Malin, sierra club, Stephen Dahl | 14 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
State Representative Marvin L. Abney (D- District 73) has been chosen to become one of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellows for 2015. The Toll Fellowship is a leadership development program, named for the founder of CSG, Henry Walcott Toll. Each year, the program selects 48 officials from all three branches of government, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, Dan Rea, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jeff White, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Campaign Against the Stadium, Providence City Counci, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, Suzanne Mark, Sydney McKenna, teresa paiva weed, Tim Empke | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 21, 2015
After the successes of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Reinventing Medicaid task force, today, at the Kent County YMCA, she announced a new initiative to overhaul the state’s healthcare system as a whole. Titled the Working Group for Healthcare Innovation, the group, under the leadership of Elizabeth Roberts, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, seeks to […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Elisha Aldrich, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, healthcare, healthcare reform, Kent County YMCA, Reinventing Medicaid, Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, YMCA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 19, 2015
Representative Jared Nunes rose to oppose the bill, calling it, “really poor public policy,” before adding, “you almost have to be a mathematician to figure out if you can be a plumber or not.”
Posted in Democrats, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged 5 minute house debate, General Assembly, Jared Nunes, Joseph Shekarchi, Joseph Trillo, Nicholas Mattiello, RI House of Representatives, Stephen Ucci | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 17, 2015
The Latina Leadership Institute (LLI), a program designed to engage Rhode Island Latinas in their communities, celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 at the State House on Thursday evening. Offered by the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund (RILCF), the goal of the program is to create and inspire Latinas to take leadership positions […]
Posted in Featured, Immigration, News, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Andrea James-Gomez, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, latina, Latina Leadership Institute, leadership, Nellie Gorbea, Olga Encarnacion, Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund, women | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on July 17, 2015
Rhode Island journalists think the legislative branch is more corrupt than the executive branch, according to a new survey by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard Law School. Responding local reporters said corruption, both the illegal and legal kind, is only “slightly common” in the Ocean State executive branch of government compared […]
By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The room didn’t seem quite large enough for all the supporters that came out to watch Governor Gina Raimondo sign the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship Act into law on Tuesday. The Act, a collaboration between legislators, law enforcement, and community members, seeks to analyze data that officers collect, as well as further protect juveniles and pedestrians. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, community, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Joseph Almeida, legislation, police, Racial Profiling, racism, RI State Police, social justice, Steven O'Donnell | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The RI House of Representatives floor debate on the tipped minimum wage featuring Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Doreen Costa, Patricia Morgan, Aaron Regunberg, Michael Chippendale, Antonio Giarrusso, Teresa Tanzi and John DeSimone.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarrusso, Doreen Costa, John DeSimone, Joseph Shekarchi, Michael Chippendale, patricia morgan, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Marriage equality has been the law in Rhode Island for two years now, and its gone nationwide due to the recent SCOTUS decision, but in the General Assembly, some legislators are continuing to vote against same-sex couples seeking to get married.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Arthur Corvese, General Assembly, Joseph Trillo, Justin price, marriage equailty, Robert Lancia, Robert Phillips, Samuel Azzinaro, Sherry Roberts, Solemnization of Marriage | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 4, 2015
“I don’t want everybody to vote unless they are informed on the issues,” said Rep Joe Trillo on the floor of the RI House.
Tom Dorr is spinning in his grave…
Posted in Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Voter ID | Tagged 5 minute house debate, Antonio Giarusso, Arthur Corvese, Arthur Handy, Brian Newberry, cale keable, democracy, Joseph Trillo, Michael Chippendale, michael marcello, Nicholas Mattiello, Teresa Tanzi, Thomas Door, Voter ID | 8 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 1, 2015
Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, the Executive Director of Protect Families First, put the blame on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin for the act’s expiration.
“To have families suffer through the loss of a loved one so that the Attorney General could add another notch to his belt of drug arrests is frankly unconscionable,” she said.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Drugs, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, good samaritan, Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Holly Cekala, John Prince, opiate overdose epidemic, overdose, Peter Kilmartin, Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2015
Rhode Island is one of eight states that “continues to fail at submitting records of dangerously mentally ill people who are prohibited from owning guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, gene Dyszlewski, guns, Jack Warner, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, National Rifle Association, newtown, Nicholas Mattiello, NICS, NRA, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free RI, Virginia Tech | 9 Responses