A small group of activists held signs in the rain outside Speaker Nick Mattiello’s law office on Park Avenue in Cranston before heading to the Speaker’s home to continue their protest. At both scenes, officers from the Cranston Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police kept a watchful eye on the entirely peaceful protesters.
At issue is the 4-week old stalemate over car taxes between Rhode island Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello and the Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio that has left Rhode Island without a budget and left several important bills in limbo, including the domestic violence gun bill and earned paid sick days.
Yesterday Governor Gina Raimondo held a behind closed door session with “two dozen” municipal leaders to discuss the impasse which threatens to have serious economic impacts. If not resolved soon, the budget impasse will lead to layoffs in Providence, said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.
Below, organizer David Oppenheimer talks about the reasons for his protest as he stands across the street from Speaker Mattiello’s home. The Speaker was escorted home by Cranston Police, and later a State Police vehicle arrived. Oppenheimer mentions that one of the protesters was stopped by police after leaving the law office en route to the Speaker’s home. No ticket was issued.
The end of the video shows Mattiello in conversation with the police officers outside his home.