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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...
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...
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