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BACK SO SOON? House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio are playing with Rhode Island’s economic future, but the state’s citizens have very little power to force a change in their behavior. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does budget impasse mean it is time to recall legislative leaders?

Two weeks into the hostage-taking of Rhode Island by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, and with no end...
HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, is seen in his office at the Statehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mattiello: Senate’s last-minute shenanigans hurt R.I.

There is nothing more important than integrity and keeping your word. It is unfortunate that Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and his leadership team...
ON THE FINAL DAY of the legislative sessions for both the House and the Senate in fiscal 2017, the R.I. General Assembly failed to agree on a state budget. Above left, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, Dominick J. Ruggerio.

Whose side are you on in the R.I. House-Senate impasse?

Throwing a wrench into the state’s fiscal status, the R.I. House and Senate ended their sessions without passing the same budget, with both House...
COME ON GUYS: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio seem to have made a power struggle between the two General Assembly chambers take precedence over passing the state’s fiscal 2018 budget. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Legislative game of chicken is not in R.I.’s best interests

The question is not whether each of the chambers of the General Assembly should have closed up shop after being unable to pass the...
DOMINICK J. RUGGERIO / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Ruggerio: Senate’s budget will protect taxpayers

As President of the Rhode Island State Senate, I have a responsibility to ensure we pass a balanced and sustainable budget for the state...
ON THE FINAL DAY of the legislative sessions for both the House and the Senate in fiscal 2017, the R.I. General Assembly failed to agree on a state budget. Above left, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, Dominick J. Ruggerio.

R.I. Senate and House stuck on the budget

PROVIDENCE – At 7:52 p.m. on Friday the R.I. Senate Twitter account tweeted, “TGIF.” A few hours later the Senate went on summer recess....
LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED in the General Assembly today proposing a revised plan for the Pawtucket Redsox to relocate their stadium to the Slater Mill site in Downtown Pawtucket./ COURTESY PAWTUCKET RED SOX

PawSox legislation introduced to General Assembly, to be considered in fall

PROVIDENCE – Legislation was introduced to the General Assembly Tuesday by Sen. William J. Conley Jr., D-Pawtucket, that laid out plans for Pawtucket and Rhode...
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

Should the General Assembly have “scooped” at least $29 million from...

With an estimated $134 million budget deficit for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the General Assembly had to make some difficult choices to balance...
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...
THE R.I. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES debated the fiscal 2017 budget until late in the evening. It wasn't approved until early in the morning the following day. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

R.I. House poised for vote on $9.2B budget for fiscal 2018

PROVIDENCE – Unlike year's past, Rhode Island lawmakers say budget deliberations on Thursday will not go too long, regardless of a vote.The R.I. House...
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