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BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...

Former Mattiello aide Britt acquitted of money-laundering charges, violating campaign-finance laws

PROVIDENCE – Jeffrey Britt, the former aide to House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, was acquitted Dec. 16 by R.I. Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini...
REP. MARVIN ABNEY, D-Newport, the chairman of the House Finance Committee, discusses the fiscal 2021 state budget, which the House approved Wednesday. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

R.I. House approves $12.75B state budget for fiscal 2021

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House approved a $12.75 billion budget Wednesday afternoon, one that distributes federal pandemic aid and general fund revenues among existing...
FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello's aide Jeffrey Britt was found not guilty Wednesday of money-laundering charges and violating campaign-finance violations. / AP FILE PHOTO / CHARLES KRUPA

Former Mattiello aide Britt acquitted of money-laundering charges, violating campaign-finance laws

PROVIDENCE – Jeffrey Britt, the former aide to House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, was acquitted Wednesday by R.I. Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini of...

With Mattiello out, fight for House speaker at the Statehouse begins

CRANSTON – After 14 years of serving as Cranston's District 15 state representative, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello conceded defeat on Wednesday morning against Republican Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung.  “While I...

Victories in Cranston state rep., mayoral races confirmed in recount

PROVIDENCE – A Wednesday recount of the early, in-person votes cast in Cranston affirmed the victors of the mayoral and House District 15 races,...
A STATEWIDE ballot question in the Nov. 3, 2020, election asks voters whether to shorten the state's official name to drop the plantations reference. / AP FILE PHOTO/SUSAN E. BOUCHARD

Rhode Islanders deciding speaker’s fate, state name change

PROVIDENCE (AP) – A statewide referendum that would shorten Rhode Island's official name and the Democratic House speaker's tight race for reelection are dominating...
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...
THE R.I. SENATE finance committee will begin its review of the International Game Technology PLC contract next week. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ PAM BHATIA

Did state Democratic leaders make the right call delaying decisions on...

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, all Democrats, on Sept. 11 announced that the General...
LONG WAIT: State Democratic leaders plan to wait until after the election in November to approve a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Delaying tough budget decisions until November is self-serving

No elected official wants to make decisions that could cost people their jobs, or funding needed to carry out valued community services. Such responsibility...

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