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 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 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 8 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 25, 2015
The prospect of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Rhode Works legislation hitting the House floor before the end of this legislation is highly unlikely, Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said today. “Right now, I’m not planning on it coming to the House floor by week’s end,” he said. “I have substantial concerns. I’ve indicated that the House is not […]
Posted in Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged bridge, Cranston, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, infrastructure, investigation, Peter Alviti, Rhode Works, ridot, tolls | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 24, 2015
In an ironic twist of fate, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation closed the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston the same day that the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate itself voted to uphold Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious Rhode Works legislation. The $1.1 billion bill would be used to repair bridges and roads throughout Rhode […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bill Vernon, Brandon Bell, bridges, Christopher Ottiano, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, highway, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, infrastructure, Louis DiPalma, NFIB, Peter Alviti, Rhode Works, ridot, roads, safety | 8 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 19, 2015
A Senate version of Governor Raimondo’s truck toll proposal, also known as Rhode Works, contains tax breaks for truckers. The new version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Dominick Ruggerio (D- District 4), and heard by the Finance Committee Thursday, includes $13.5 million in tax credits and rebates for truckers. They would receive tax credits […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged bridges, Christopher Maxwell, Ed Alfredi, Elisha Aldrich, Frank Nardone, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, infrastructure, Jonathan Wormer, Peter Alviti, ridot, roads, senate finance committee, Taxes, tolls, truckers | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2015
“Planned Parenthood was surprised to see these proposals in the Governor’s budget when it was unveiled last week, and we were not consulted about the new policies contained in this article. Additionally, since there was never a hearing on this language, we have not been able to get clear guidance on the intent of these policies.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Emily's List, FY 2016 budget, Gina Raimondo, healthsourceRI, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RI ACLU, Sam Bell, steve brown | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The 2016 RI State Budget, approved by House Finance late Tuesday evening, included language on abortion coverage in its section on HealthSource RI funding that goes far beyond what is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This part of the budget, inserted at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo on May 29, mandates that every insurer operating on HealthSource RI offer multiple plans that do not cover abortion.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, budget, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The surprise came at the Senate President’s office, when Paiva-Weed opened the door to her office herself. Perhaps the Senate President was equally surprised to see a group of news cameras and activists at the door when she opened it, but if so, she didn’t show it, much.
Posted in cities and towns, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged David Norton, Gina Raimondo, Larry Lucchino, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Organizing for Pawtucket, PawSox | 5 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 10, 2015
After much deliberation, the House Finance Committee gave a unanimous 19-0 vote on the FY 2016 budget late on Tuesday night, which included $37.7 million more than the proposed budget given by Governor Gina Raimondo back in March. The legislative budget proposal is for $8.67 billion dollars, with $3.55 billion from general revenue contributing to […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy | Tagged budget, Elisha Aldrich, FY 2016, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, healthsource ri, house finance, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Medicaid, Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Taxes | 5 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 9, 2015
Everyone’s eyes are on the State House as the budget for the next fiscal year is slated to be unveiled today. Governor Gina Raimondo released her proposed budget in March, and the legislative version will be introduced by the House Finance Committee today. Based on what Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello (D-District 15), Senate […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Politics | Tagged budget, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gin, house finance committee, House of Representative, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Senate President Paiva Weed | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2015
Dr. Victor Matheson’s complete presentation on why public financing for sport stadiums is a bad idea.
Posted in Economic Development, Featured, Multimedia, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, Video | Tagged Andrew Zimbalist, Gina Raimondo, James Skeffington, McCoy Stadium, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Victor Mat | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2015
Moving onto Medicaid, Raimondo insisted that her goal in pulling together the working group is “not about kicking people off Medicaid” but “getting people cared for in the lowest cost environment.”
Raimondo acknowledged that the EPI and many of those in the audience are more concerned with social justice and economic justice than they are with short term budget fixes when she said, near the end of her speech, “Your stubborn idealism is a good thing for Rhode Island, so don’t lose it.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Poverty, State Budget, State House | Tagged Cindy Mann, economic justice, Economic Progress Institute, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Linda Katz, Medicaid, Reinventing Medicaid, social justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 30, 2015
“There’s a rat living in a classroom on the first floor,” said Jeremiah Ledesma, a student at Mt. Pleasant, “it pops out every once in a while when it’s looking for food. I’ve seen cockroaches walk across the lunchroom floor.”
Posted in Activism, Education, State House, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Brendan Caprio, Gina Raimondo, Hope High School, Laura Maxwell, Mt. Pleasant High School, providence student union, psu, Rebuild Our Schools, Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2015
“Providence is not a minor league city,” said Asher Schofield, “We are what we dream ourselves to be. What we want to be. And we want to be major league. These are antiquated notions, the idea of public financing of private enterprise. This [deal] is not the grand notion that we need to have as a city moving forward… These minor league aspirations are beneath us.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Andrew Posner, Asher Schofield, capital good fund, Cathy Orloff, Coalition Radio, DARE, David Fisher, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Catalano, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Mike Puyana, Mike Rollins, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island Libertarian Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, RICC, Roland Gauvin, Steven Frias | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 27, 2015
According to Perez, Seattle “has had the highest minimum wage in the country over the last twelve years, and they have no tipped credit… If the opponents were correct, then every time you fly to Seattle, you ought to bring a bagged lunch, because all the restaurants should be going out of business.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, Labor, National News, State House, White House | Tagged Barack Obama, Bob Bacon, David Cicilline, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Gold International Machinery, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, tipped minimum wage, Tom Perez | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 23, 2015
The Reinventing Medicaid working group unveiled 55 initiatives that are projected to result in $85.5 million in savings. Former Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts said that they are still working through over 200 suggestions, some of which may be included in the final report. “A deadline induced series of last minute proposals,” said Roberts, “will be considered over the next week.”
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2015
Governor Raimondo is “saying that she wants to be an advocate for home care,” says home care advocate Nicholas Oliver, “particularly with this working group Reinventing Medicaid, but frankly we haven’t seen her put her money where her mouth is. She put into her budget proposal last month a freeze on home health care for another consecutive fiscal year.”
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Department of Health, Gina Raimondo, Inc., Medicaid, minimum wage, Nicholas Oliver, Reinventing Medicaid, Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 2, 2015
If we could build Neighborhood Health Stations and make them work, “then health care spending becomes a business magnet. People come and locate businesses here, just because of our health care,” says Dr. Fine.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, State House | Tagged Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, ConvergenceRI, cvs, Gina Raimondo, Helena Foulkes, Lifespan, Medicaid, Michael Fine, Neighborhood Health Stations, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Reinventing Medicaid, RI Department of Health, Richard Asinof, RIDOH, Timothy Babineau | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 31, 2015
When Raimondo considers the drivers of high Medicaid costs, she ignores key problems. Instead of blaming “High Utilization,” an “Aging Population” or “fraud, waste and abuse” says the PNHP, we should be looking at the fact that “multiple payers create enormous excessive administrative costs and unfairly ration care.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, Health Care, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, HealthCare-Now, J. Mark Ryan, Medicaid, Medicare for All, PNHP, Reinventing Medicaid, Rhode Island Chapters of Physicians for a National Health Program, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 19, 2015
“If you have to increase what you provide in a healthcare setting and your dollars are being cut, there’s only a few places that money is going to come from. Labor and staff, food and medication. So if that’s what we’re looking at cutting, labor, food, staff and medication, shame on everybody in this state…”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged budget, Ed Beard, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Providence Community Health Center, Reinventing Medicaid, SEIU 1199 New England | 1 Response