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SPENDING PRIORITIES: Yet again, the General Assembly seems to reject Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s programs designed to grow Rhode Island’s economy, in this case through improved worker-training ­programs.
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Yet again, GA chooses spending over investment in R.I.’s future

It is clear what vision of Rhode Island the General Assembly has.Rather than slowing down the elimination of the state’s car tax, the fiscal...
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Five Questions With Blake Filippi

Blake Filippi | Minority leader, R.I. House1. You are the new House minority leader. How do you elevate the voices of a comparatively small...

Fiscal 2018 budget process not a joy to behold

One month after adjourning without a budget for fiscal 2018, the two houses of Rhode Island’s General Assembly resolved their differences and agreed to...
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Unfinished General Assembly session leaves major business issues up in the...

The General Assembly’s abrupt ending to its legislative session left several bills in limbo, including most notably the $9.2 billion tax-and-spending plan for fiscal...
A RETURN TO OLD-STYLE POLITICS? House Finance Committee Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, have devised a $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 that moves money around in odd ways to come into balance.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/
ELI SHERMAN

Unbalanced priorities, poor leadership in balanced budget

In dealing with $134 million in red ink from fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the state’s elected leaders have generated a strong – and...
R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, on June 15 unveiled the Democrat's $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Rhode Island lawmakers unveil $9B state budget for fiscal 2018

(Updated: 12:52 p.m.) PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a revised $9.2 billion budget for fiscal 2018, which includes broad-based spending cuts and new expenditures...

Speaker’s car tax plan is a non-starter

“By 2020, seven out of 10 jobs in Rhode Island will require at least a credential or a degree beyond high school, but only...
HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello is maintaining he won his Cranston seat, according to media reports, despite unofficial results showing him 147 votes behind challenger Steven Frias. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Mattiello introduces bill to end car tax

PROVIDENCE - House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello introduced legislation Tuesday that would end the Rhode Island excise tax on automobiles by fiscal 2024. The...

Who pays for R.I. car-tax cuts?

The car tax in Rhode Island is so unevenly collected and disproportionately important to town coffers that reducing it raises a host of secondary...
A NEW poll from the Bryant University Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership found support for Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's Rhode Island Promise free college tuition plan.

Bryant poll finds support for free college, car tax reduction

PROVIDENCE – Sixty percent of respondents to the latest poll from the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University said they are in favor...
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