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  • February 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The most striking thing in Charlie Bakst's recent column on what the governor and his wife are thinking as the budget battle is joined had to be this exchange involving Sue Carcieri:

    Soon she turned the conversation to a protest last month against the governor’s layoff of three Southeast Asian interpreters. At a news conference, a 15-year-old Cambodian girl said, among other things, “The governor is sending a clear message to my community that we are not valued or welcome.

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  • February 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of shaping up, here's how the Carcieri administration describes its latest budget initiative:

    To resolve a projected $384 million spending shortfall, the FY 2009 budget proposal Governor Donald L. Carcieri today submitted to the General Assembly will reduce state spending by $130.9 million in state funds from this year’s budget, as it was approved in June.

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  • February 01, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt also has a bit on Governor Carcieri being talked up as a VP possibility for Mitt Romney:

    The WaPo's Chris Cillizza has a good run-through of the possible VPs for each candidate. Look who he has listed for Mitt Romney:

    * Don Carcieri: The Rhode Island governor doesn't get much publicity, but he has been elected and reelected in a VERY blue state and, before getting involved in politics, was a successful businessman.

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  • January 29, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri continues a media offensive related to the budget, having appeared on John DePetro's show this morning. Meanwhile, the liberal Campaign for Rhode Island's Priorities plans today to unveil its Economic Growth & Fairness Act, "a comprehensive plan to provide property tax rebates while raising needed revenue for shared priorities."

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  • January 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    While I'd like to claim credit for coining the subject line in this post, that honor goes to URI professor of economics Len Lardaro, who uses it to describe the Ocean State's seemingly perpetual budget problems.

    Lardaro and Governor Carcieri joined Steve Aveson and myself for a taping this morning of WPRI-WNAC TV's Newsmakers.

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  • January 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Pat Crowley has a strong post up at RI's Future, pointing to a state report to indicate how Rhode Island taxpayers are paying more than $5 million (plus about $6M from the feds) to pay for health insurance for workers at some of the state's biggest and more profitable corporations:

    As I was driving through Providence today, I heard Our Governor on the Helen Glover “Show” getting the facts wrong again about the State he has run for six years but apparently bears no responsibility for mismanaging (personal responsibility and all).

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  • January 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    What a difference a year makes, eh? Last year, Governor Carcieri got taken to the woodshed by Ed Achorn and some other sympathetic types when he painted an upbeat picture of Rhode Island's future.

    Not this time around. Last night, as the ProJo reported, the governor said:

    “The state of the state is at a tipping point,” he told a packed chamber of senators, representatives, judges and mayors.

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  • January 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    When Matthew Thomas, chief sachem of the Narragansett Indians, recently asked the Carcieri administration to disclose any relationships that the governor or his advisers had with the two principals of BLB Investors, the owner of Twin River, Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal told the Providence Journal, in a story published January 8, “There are no relationships.

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  • January 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As Governor Carcieri prepares to give his latest State of the State address tonight, a coalition of health-care professionals plans a State House protest tomorrow, at 3:30 pm, to rap the governor's proposed cuts to RIte Care.

    Nick Tsiongas, President of the RI Medical Society commented on the event: "Health care professionals are hosting this action to express our disbelief that this proposal has even seen the light of day.

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  • January 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The gov's office says he's holding an availiability to discuss the supplemental budget.

  • January 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    WPRO's Dan Yorke is reporting that Governor Carcieri hopes to save $10 million by putting forth a new requirement that would compel state workers to work 40 hours, rather than 35, per week. "It's going to happen, because they've got to change the climate, the culture," predicts the talk-meister.

  • January 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri, whose layoff plan isn't going so well, was slated to tape an appearance today with Jim Hummel of ABC6 On the Record. The show will be broadcast Sunday, at 7:30 am.

  • January 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    BeloBlog has the details on a bill that would allow the lieutenant governor "to fill in for the governor when the governor is away."

    N4N readers may remember that the story was broken here of how Elizabeth Roberts wasn't told when Governor Carcieri left the state for a trip to Iraq.

  • December 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Denise Parrillo of Clean Water Action sends this along:

    Providence, RI—Today the Environment Council of Rhode Island, a coalition of over 60 RI organizations, released its annual list of desired policy and law changes that will protect and enhance the environment. This list highlights the changes the Council will work for during the upcoming legislative session.

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  • December 22, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Almost five years later, Rhode Island and some of its top elected officials are still contending with the fallout of the ill-fated state police raid on a Narragansett Indian smoke shop in 2003. Yesterday, the state Supreme Court gave Governor Carcieri a gift when it ruled that he doesn't have to testify in a forthcoming trial related to the case.

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