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House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 
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Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 
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Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...

Liberal R.I. could send Republican to U.S. House 

PROVIDENCE (AP) – In liberal Rhode Island, Republican Allan Fung stands a chance of flipping a U.S. House seat and possibly helping his party...
Susan Moffitt is the director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and an associate professor in the political science department.

Five Questions With: Susan Moffitt

Susan Moffitt is the director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs...
BROWN UNIVERSITY Thursday surpassed the halfway mark of its $3 billion BrownTogether fundraising goal. /PHOTO COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown passes halfway mark in $3B fundraising effort

PROVIDENCE - Brown University’s BrownTogether campaign, which aims to raise $3 billion toward multiple academic goals, has passed the midway mark, according to a...
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