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New campaign-finance law benefits incumbents

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo last month signed into law new campaign-finance rules that eliminate how much an individual can give to political candidates in...

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...
Dominick J. Ruggerio and Nicholas A. Mattiello have come to an agreement to end the state's budget impasse./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ruggerio and Mattiello agree to pass both budget and car tax

PROVIDENCE - R.I. House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio announced in a joint statement that they have reached an...
AS A RESULT OF A MEETING between R.I. House Speaker Nicholas A. Matttiello and Senate President Domick J. Ruggerio Tuesday, the stalemate between the House and the Senate on the state budget could be coming to an end.

RIPR: Budget impasse could be coming to an end

PROVIDENCE - R.I. Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio now supports reconvening the Senate as soon as next week to vote on the R.I. House...
PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
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...
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