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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...
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

R.I. lawmakers lean on quasi-public agencies to help close $134M deficit

PROVIDENCE – R.I. House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello is not happy with the $9.2 billion state budget proposed for fiscal 2018. But he is proud...
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...

For a hit, keep eye on PawSox ball

Having already established that the new plan for a Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark is a good one, now it falls to the principals to...
PAWTUCKET MAYOR Donald R. Grebien held a press conference in front of the R.I. Statehouse asking state lawmakers to act on a proposed $83 million financing deal. PBN PHOTO/ ELI SHERMAN

Pawtucket mayor makes case for $83M PawSox deal

PROVIDENCE – Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien on Wednesday delivered a letter to state lawmakers, pleading the case for legislative action to help the...
THE APEX DEPARTMENT STORE SITE along the Pawtucket River is where the Pawtucket Red Sox organization wants to build its replacement ballpark for McCoy Stadium.

No PawSox stadium deal this legislative session

PAWTUCKET – Absent some dramatic turn of events, there will be no Pawtucket Red Sox stadium deal this legislative session. House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello...
HOPEFUL OUTLOOK: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, is seen in his office at the Statehouse. Mattiello says Rhode Island's economic health is improving. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mattiello, Morgan oppose bill to create regional water-supply board

PROVIDENCE – House leadership and state regulators on Tuesday opposed Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza-backed legislation to create a regional water-supply board. The opposition was...
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