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The Uprising, June 22, 2018 – Fair Pay edition

"You have no idea Representative, respectfully, how much time went into this version. Every business group that we could find voiced an opinion. We've...

No guarantees and plenty of risks associated with Elorza’s water monetization plan

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is still trying to “monetize” the Providence Water Supply, including Scituate Reservoir. At issue is Senate bill S2838 and House...

Mayor Elorza presses his case for monetizing Providence Water in Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is still trying to "monetize" the Providence Water Supply, including Scituate Reservoir. At issue is Senate bill S2838 and House...

Keable submits legislation to revamp Energy Facilities Siting Board

"We have been told repeatedly to 'trust the process,'" said Representative Cale Keable (Democrat, District 47, Burrillville, Glocester), but, "some people in Burrillville and...

Unraveling Providence Water no sure bet for Providence solvency issues

After the confirmation of attorney Charles Ruggerio to the Narraganset Bay Commission (NBC), the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture began the "coincidental" hearing...

Rhode Island’s annual battle for increasing the minimum wage stacked against workers

I was late getting to room 212 at the Rhode Island State House, where the Senate Committee on Labor, chaired by Senator Paul Fogarty...

Rhode Island is the only New England state relying on anti-labor, ALEC-inspired preemption clauses

No other state in New England has passed even one preemptive labor law. Rhode Island has passed two. Writing for the Economic Policy Institute, Marni von...

Is the Public-Private Partnerships Commission asking the right questions?

The final minutes of the first meeting of a special State House commission to study Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) took the form of public comments...

P3 advocates seek a playing field advantage before negotiations begin

P3s (Public-Private Partnerships), are simply another procurement tool in the legislative toolbox said John Parkinson. Such a tool “can be applied to something other...

Skanska’s public-private partnership sales pitch at the State House

Representatives from Skanska, the 5th largest construction company in the world, gave their sales pitch to the State House commission tasked with studying the...