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  • January 27, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of the runup to 2010, local PR impresario Dave Preston over the weekend had a look-back at Bruce Sundlun's accomplishment-laden tenure (cleaning up the credit union crisis, expanding the airport, reforming workers' comp) in the governor's office. The headline cited Sundlun as a "model of strong leadership."

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  • January 22, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Pat is wondering whether a directive by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will stop Governor Caricier's global Medicaid waiver.

    Meanwhile, the NYT -- which has a front-pager today looking at growing Medicaid costs in a number of states, has a sidebar on how Rhode Island is pursuing a different approach.

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  • January 17, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    The bombast in East Providence this week seems like a taste of things to come, and this inclusion in the budget will pour more fuel on the fire.

    From Ray Henry of the Providence AP, via the Boston Globe:

    A budget plan that Governor Don Carcieri submitted this month to close a massive deficit includes a provision making it illegal for teachers to protest during contract negotiations by performing strictly to the terms of their contracts, for example, by refusing to host after-school clubs or chaperone school dances.

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  • January 15, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Pat has some breaking news:

    A number of House Democrats are unhappy with the decision of Speaker Murphy to not take a vote today on the Medicaid Global Waiver proposed by Governor Carcieri. RIFUTURE has learned that certain Representatives are shopping around a letter to the Speaker demanding a vote be taken and others are planning on introducing a motion from the floor today.

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  • January 14, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Word of the Congressional delegation's expression of concern yesterday to Governor Carcieri -- first reported here -- blew up on TV and in today's ProJo.

    Meanwhile, gov spokeswoman Amy Kempe got back to me late yesterday. Here's part of what she wrote in response to the delegation's concerns:

    The Governor has offered to brief the delegation, here in RI or to fly to DC, on the waiver and has extended the offer for his staff to brief their staff.

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  • January 13, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Rhode Island's Congressional delegation has expressed its "deep concern" to Governor Carcieri about the possibly adverse impact of the federal Medicaid wavier, says US Representative Jim Langevin.

    Speaking with me earlier today, Langevin says he "has been concerned with the lack of transparency and specifics about the whole plan."

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  • January 09, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Elsewhere in blogland . . .

    Matt, following up on Grow Smart RI and today's ProJo, faults Governor Carcieri for being late to the stimulus party . . .

    And Justin crunches some numbers to conclude that the gov was correct, in response to my query on Newsmakers, in saying middle class Rhode Islanders have not assumed a greater part of the tax burden in recent years.

  • January 08, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: The video is up here.

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    Governor Carcieri visited with Tim White, Arlene Violet, and myself this afternoon to discuss his supplemental budget address and a few other odds and ends.

    Some brief highlights from Newsmakers, which should hit the Web later today, and which will be broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12, and at 10 on Fox Providence:

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  • January 08, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    The gov's office has sent out a release with this news:

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced that the state has signed a joint development agreement with Deepwater Wind Rhode Island, LLC outlining the terms and conditions for the construction of a wind energy development off the shores of Rhode Island that will provide 1.

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  • January 08, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri's special televised budget address last night struck me as a bit of a hodge-podge -- a mix of overdue concepts along with some others that leave continued questions.

    As is his wont, the talk radio-friendly governor took his case directly to the public, communicating the seriousness of the situation, trying to frame it in a national context, and offering steps that might help to burnish his legacy.

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  • January 07, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    As Governor Carcieri prepares to outline spending cuts tonight, Grow Smart Rhode Island offers this:

    In a letter delivered to the Governor, Grow Smart Executive Director Scott Wolf stated, “With all the uncertainty created by economic conditions these days, there are two things of which we can be certain.

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  • January 07, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    One school of thought holds that poverty will always be with us. Perhaps, but that overlooks the fact that government, however flawed, can make an important difference for the better on important issues.

    Two examples:

    1) The federal government, through the Democratic administration of LBJ and the Republican one of Richard Nixon, dramatically diminished the prevalence of hunger in America.

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  • January 05, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    From Governor Carcieri's office:

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri will discuss the State of Rhode Island's financial situation and outline details of his FY 09 supplemental budget during a live, televised address on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. The address will be will air live on live on all three local network TV affiliates (WJAR NBC 10, WLNE ABC 6, and WPRI 12) at 7:00 p.

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  • January 05, 2009
    By Ian Donnis

    The dour fiscal climate is likely to make more difficult efforts to promote renewable energy in Rhode Island. Meanwhile, in a recent exchange of letters, two General Assembly leaders and Governor Carcieri debated the state's approach for selecting Deepwater Wind to develop an offshore $1.5 billion wind farm.

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  • December 31, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Word comes today of a January 9 legislative hearing on Governor Carcieri's global Medicaid waiver, which he bills as a big money-saver for the state.

    Some Rhode Islanders, such as the author of this letter to the editor in today's ProJo, see it rather differently:

    Born in and raised in Rhode Island, I have been a proud and joyful ambassador for the state in places where people would ask things like, “Isn’t Rhode Island part of New York?” or “That’s the mob state, right?” or “The government is corrupt there, huh?” I would willingly correct false impressions and smilingly talk about all Rhode Island’s pluses.

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