Providence city government and the Providence Journal have reached an agreement on the ProJo’s tax assessment lawsuits that will lower the newspaper’s property tax liability on its properties in Providence by about $2.5 million.
Under terms of the deal approved by Superior Court Judge Patricia Hurst, the Journal will get a tax credit of $625,000 in 2012, $833,333 in 2013 and about $1 million in 2014.
The settlement was filed in court last Friday before a trial on the issue, which was scheduled to begin today.
The sign on Interstate 95 says `entering historic Providence.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to change that slogan to entering the `city of cracked pavement.’
From the top of Elmhurst to the bottom of Elmwood, from Wanskuk to the banks of the Woonasquatucket, Providence is a city of crumbling roads. Potholes pock the business arteries like acne on a teenager’s face. Poorly maintained sidewalks make things precarious for joggers and the wheelchair-bound alike. The endless patching of roads riven by underground utility work never ends.
As the Providence Journal continues to wrestle with the challenges facing old-line media, reporters at the statewide daily are being encouraged to increase their use of social media.
A recently issued five-page set of social media guidelines “demonstrates a lot of faith in the professionalism of the people who work here,” says reporter John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild. ”Basically, the policy is, ‘don’t be a jerk.’ “
Republican Michael Riley, who’s challenging Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, makes clear his dislike for tax increases. But he says he’s declined to sign Grover Norquist’s famous anti-tax hike pledge.
Rhode Island has a new official state historian laureate. He’s former Providence College history professor Patrick Conley of Bristol, an expert on the state’s past.. Conley, the author of many books and essays on Rhode Island history and law, was appointed to the unpaid post by Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.
The position was created by the General Assembly. Mollis established a three-member search committee, which included Gwenn Stearn, state archivist, state librarian Tom Evans and Deputy Secretary of State Paul Caranci. Conley was the committee’s unanimous choice.
Add wealthy Newporter Guillaume de Ramel to the crowded field of Democrats heading toward a run for secretary of state in 2014.
de Ramel says he’ll focus his thinking more sharply after the presidential election in November. “I’m definitely seriously considering it,” he says of a run for secretary of state. de Ramel ran for that post in a Democratic primary in 2006, losing to the present incumbent, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.
House Speaker Gordon Fox yesterday sent a check for $648 to Tazza Caffe cover the cost of food and drinks for a 2007 fundraiser at the Peerless Lofts. Tazza’s owner, Michael Corso, is the lawyer and tax broker who was part of a 2010 meeting paving the way for 38 Studios to come to Rhode Island.