What’s in…What’s out…this week 6-23

 

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What’s in… What’s out…

What’s in…

The Rhode Island State Budget… for fiscal year 2018 was under debate Thursday and by the time you read this it may be one step closer to passage. Among the budget items up for passage is the rebirth of the car tax phase out plan of 1998. The plan is very similar to the car tax phase out plan passed in 1998. The car tax phase out plan is a six year plan. As you may remember, the plan passed in 1998 was frozen after only a few years and then totally discontinued in 2011 because of declining revenues and budget restraints. Will the General Assembly have the money to eliminate the car tax? It certainly is hard to predict what the fiscal condition of the state will be within the next several years. But a promise is a promise. And as a sponsor of the original car tax phase out plan in 1998, I found out that you can’t always predict what lies ahead. Economic policies and elected officials can change, sometimes overnight, and no one can predict what the future can bring or who will oppose the plan in the future. I am a believer that the car tax phase out plan is a commitment that was originally made to the people of this state in 1998 and am hopeful for its success – but I have my doubts. As the saying goes, “been there, done that, and bought the tee-shirt.”

The $9.2 billion state budget also includes… 2 Years Free Tuition at Community College of RI (CCRI)… A scaled down version of the Governor’s Free Tuition plan has emerged. Some changes were made to the plan including the elimination of the community service requirement and applicants must maintain a 2.5 average. And only CCRI. This is a big change from the Governor’s original plan. One has to wonder how much money was spent on commercials to promote Governor Raimondo’s tuition plan? It hardly seems like the outcome was a success considering the money spent on commercials and the free tuition campaigning done across the state.

Free RIPTA Bus Passes for Seniors… are also included in the budget. This is the right thing to do and one of those items that should never be cut.

Kudos to Majority Leader Joe Shekarchi… for sponsoring House bill 6295 that ensures that insurances fully cover mastectomies. With health insurers wanting to cover less and less, it’s important to put in legislation that protects us.

 

What’s out…

North Korea… North Korea finally releases Otto Warmbier in critical condition and he died a few days later. We are living in barbaric times. Do not send your children to places like North Korea or other countries where they have no value for human life. A travel ban should be issued for the countries who continually prove to be sadistic monarchies.

Rudeness and Disrespect and Bullying… have no place in our State House… It may be that some people were having a bad day, but please let’s not forget that the State House is the people’s house and treating its guests as unwanted guests just isn’t right. Not to mention that many who visit the State House are seniors who are much older than the people who work there. This wasn’t the first time that we’ve heard of such rudeness. It’s been around a long time and not just to people testifying. It can also happen to workers and colleagues there who disagree with the status quo. So please let’s not have our State House be the place that makes the laws but refuses to follow them.

 

 

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Joanne Giannini: What’s In, What’s Out June 16 2017
Posted on June 16, 2017
What’s in……

Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey …..These two Capitol Police officers are heroes. They saved so many lives Wednesday morning when a sniper fired openly on Congressional Members and staff at a ballfield during practice for a charity ballgame.

 

The race for Governor of Rhode Island….Even though it’s still a year and a Half away, the race has begun….Potential Candidates are starting to emerge and announcements will probably be made in the fall…On the Democrat side, Lincoln Chafee has said that he’s not ruling it out. But what we don’t know is what party he will run in. He could possibly run as an independent giving him more time to challenge incumbent Governor Raimondo who is stocking a cool $2 million in her campaign fund.

What’s in,…What’s out..6-9

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What’s in… What’s out….

 

What’s in…

Waterfire 2017… It’s back… Waterfire Providence will be lit this Saturday, June 10th. Kudos to creator Barnaby Evans for making Providence shine with this event which has been so beneficial to our city and state. The event is being sponsored by the RI Day of Portugal and Rhode Island College with its Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, with the support of Textron Charitable Trust. Lighting starts at 8:40 PM. Let the fires be lit!

Mayor Alan Fung… continues to make the circuit sounding more and more like a candidate for governor. He is continually criticizing Governor Gina Raimondo’s leadership capabilities and “overspending”. Is this the start of the next campaign season? It certainly looks like it.

T.F. Green Airport… is on the move with new direct flights to several European airports which was announced by Norwegian Air. Also, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines have announced direct flights from Providence to various American cities. T.F. Green Airport continues to prove itself as one of the best gateways to and from the east coast.

James Comey testifies… former FBI Director Comey testifies on the Hill.
Whatever you feel about this testimony, we must agree the Hill is on fire with “He said, She said”, Russia, and accusations from all sides!

 

What’s out…

Rhode Works…Tolls… as reported in the Providence Journal, construction costs were not included in the $2.5 million figure given for this project! That figure is just for maintenance. Supposedly, $38 million in construction costs or more were never figured in the cost. What other costs were not figured in? And how will all this affect the outcome of monies needed to repair our roads and bridges? There will certainly be a shortfall in profits that were anticipated from these tolls. This leaves us to wonder will other vehicles be subjected to tolls next? Stay tuned for “Tollgate” coming to a town near you!

PawSox bill… WPRI has reported that the PawSox bill is “not dead” and may be out this week in a new form. As the session comes to a close, one wonders how could this be done now? Inquiring minds want to know.

Bill Cosby…I mean really?… The trial started this week and the accusations are flying. Many women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault and drugging. Also reported was the purchase of “Quaaludes” by Cosby to be used to drug these women. How sad that a man, (if convicted), who once was so respected as a “family man” will leave a legacy of mistrust and horror.

 

 

 

Panorama at RISD & Downtown Providence

What’s in… What’s out….

 

What’s in…

Waterfire 2017… It’s back… Waterfire Providence will be lit this Saturday, June 10th. Kudos to creator Barnaby Evans for making Providence shine with this event which has been so beneficial to our city and state. The event is being sponsored by the RI Day of Portugal and Rhode Island College with its Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, with the support of Textron Charitable Trust. Lighting starts at 8:40 PM. Let the fires be lit!

Mayor Alan Fung… continues to make the circuit sounding more and more like a candidate for governor. He is continually criticizing Governor Gina Raimondo’s leadership capabilities and “overspending”. Is this the start of the next campaign season? It certainly looks like it.

T.F. Green Airport… is on the move with new direct flights to several European airports which was announced by Norwegian Air. Also, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines have announced direct flights from Providence to various American cities. T.F. Green Airport continues to prove itself as one of the best gateways to and from the east coast.

James Comey testifies… former FBI Director Comey testifies on the Hill.
Whatever you feel about this testimony, we must agree the Hill is on fire with “He said, She said”, Russia, and accusations from all sides!

 

What’s out…

Rhode Works…Tolls… as reported in the Providence Journal, construction costs were not included in the $2.5 million figure given for this project! That figure is just for maintenance. Supposedly, $38 million in construction costs or more were never figured in the cost. What other costs were not figured in? And how will all this affect the outcome of monies needed to repair our roads and bridges? There will certainly be a shortfall in profits that were anticipated from these tolls. This leaves us to wonder will other vehicles be subjected to tolls next? Stay tuned for “Tollgate” coming to a town near you!

PawSox bill… WPRI has reported that the PawSox bill is “not dead” and may be out this week in a new form. As the session comes to a close, one wonders how could this be done now? Inquiring minds want to know.

Bill Cosby…I mean really?… The trial started this week and the accusations are flying. Many women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault and drugging. Also reported was the purchase of “Quaaludes” by Cosby to be used to drug these women. How sad that a man, (if convicted), who once was so respected as a “family man” will leave a legacy of mistrust and horror.