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Give some thought to whom advocates are representing, whether government unions or House Republicans.

By Justin Katz | May 11, 2021 |

When you get one of the regular giant mailers from a cabal of government labor unions advocating for higher taxes, it’s pretty obvious what’s going on.  They want government to collect more money so they can arrange with elected officials to transfer more of it to them, with the promise that the unions will feed…

Man Bites Dog: A House Committee Passes Ethics Bill instead of Holding for Further Study

By Marc Comtois | March 13, 2013 |

UPDATE @ 4:30 PM: Kathy Gregg at the ProJo tweeted out: Hear that right? Did Speaker [F]ox just publicly remove J Patrick O’Neill from house judiciary after last nights ethics bill coup. Yes. Thus does O’Neill become the object lesson for what happens when you move to vote a bill out of committee without Speakah…

Allegations of “Pay to Play”

By Patrick Laverty | October 20, 2012 |

It’s very interesting to see what happens when very powerful politicians finally face a challenger who is willing to call them out for various things. House Speaker Gordon Fox has an opponent, Mark Binder, who is calling him out on a few different things. First was the allegation that the General Assembly’s Public Communications Director…

The Insanity Will Never End, Until We At Least Begin to Think About It

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 18, 2012 |

RI Public Radio reporter Ian Donnis‘ recap of the last night’s Gordon Fox/Mark Binder debate includes this gem of Rhode Island fiscal insanity…6. [House Speaker Gordon Fox], in the first time that I heard him mention it, raised the possibility of using the state income tax to reduce the high burden of property taxes. He…

Not So Fast Mr. Speaker

By Patrick Laverty | October 17, 2012 |

Today, RI House Speaker Gordon Fox put out a letter to members of his district. Andrew has already asked one question about it. If there is no political hay to be made about the 38 Studios debacle, then what is fair to talk about? Specifically, Speaker Fox wrote: It is disappointing that there are people…

Gordon Fox is Disappointed in the Discussion About 38 Studios

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 17, 2012 |

Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox (D-Providence) has sent a letter to his constituents, available from the Providence Journal, that includes this amusing concept…It is disappointing that there are people who want to use the 38 Studios issue as a political weapon as opposed to learning from our mistakes and focusing on how…

Coming up in Committee: One Bill Scheduled to Be Heard Tomorrow (Relating to Car Tax Valuations)

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 17, 2012 |

The Rhode Island House of Representatives Municipal Government Committee is scheduled to hear a bill tomorrow that would, according to the official description, change the car-tax valuation “so that the assessment of used motor vehicles would be based on the average trade-in price, rather than retail price” (H7098). All five of the bill’s sponsors (Joseph…

Binding Arbitration Bill Made Public

By Marc Comtois | June 29, 2011 |

The arbitration bill has been made public (PDF) along with a press release explaining the rationale. A “Last Best Offer – Final Package” model has been added: The legislation changes the arbitration process to one in which the complete “Last Best Offer” from both teachers’ unions and management is considered in its entirety, as opposed…

Split in the RI GOP House

By Marc Comtois | May 4, 2011 |

Regardless of which side you fall on, all the maneuvering going on in the RI House GOP caucus has basically split it in two. As tweeted by NBC 10’s Bill Rappleye: Watson, Earhardt, Savage and Gordon upset at Newberry/Trillo maneuvering. Bad blood Great. Anyway, I think what has become clear throughout this little tete-a-tete is…

Typical Legislative Budget “Cuts” on Display

By Marc Comtois | April 5, 2011 |

Governor Chafee is weighing in on the raises being paid to the Legislative staff. “On the surface, in the toughest budget in decades, it’s hard to justify such big raises.” That was Governor Chafee’s reaction on Monday to a series of recent Journal reports about the magnitude of the raises that have gone to legislative…

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