PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee joined with officials from four other New England states in calling on Congress to fund the low income heating assistance program.
In a conference call with elected officials from Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Chafee said providing heating assistance is cheaper than lodging people in nursing homes, which would be the alternative for some people.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Occupy Providence Protesters say they plan to temporarily move their tents to allow maintenance work at Burnside Park. The agreement between protesters and the city is in stark contrast to some other Occupy movements, now facing removal by force.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence mayor Angel Taveras is joining with preservationists to announce steps to save a bank facade on Weybosset Street. The bank was torn down six years ago but the facade was left in place to be incorporated into a high rise that became a victim of the recession.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Testimony at Wednesday's public hearing on proposed pension overhaul pit organized labor against small business. Hundreds of people crowded the state house for the first of three public hearings on a bill that would scale back public employee pension benefits in an effort to return the plan to solvency.
PROVIDENCE, RI – RIPTA board member Margaret Holland McDuff says public outcry played a huge role in making sure services weren't part of the public transit system's budget cuts. McDuff says the RIPTA board voted to spare service cuts--although the time between bus arrivals will increase.
RIPTA had been looking at cutting night service after 10 pm or eliminating dozens of routes as a way to close a nearly $5 million budget shortfall. But McDuff says rider protests to those cuts were heard loud and clear.
PROVIDENCE, RI – More bad news on municipal pensions and the woes of State Representative Dan Gordon. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. This week's special guest: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
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