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Providence budget talks are back on track, according to the Mayor. The city’s finance committee is expected to meet Wednesday to vote the budget out of committee.

The city council rejected a $750 million budget last week, after initially approving the plan. The Council did vote to pass a tax levy.  Mayor Jorge Elorza accused the council of asking residents to pay taxes without knowing how their money will be spent.

After meeting with council leaders Monday, Elorza says he believes he’s addressed their concerns about the budget.

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Providence City Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan reintroduced her ordinance Thursday night that encourages shoppers to bring reusable bags.

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In a boost for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, state Rep. John Lombardi (D-Providence) has decided to seek re-election to his legislative post rather than running for mayor.

Although Lombardi would have been a likely underdog in a fight for City Hall, he placed second in the 2010 Democratic mayoral primary, outpacing the better-funded Steven Costantino -- showing how has strong name recognition and a solid following in Rhode Island's capital city.

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As the Rhode Island General Assembly session winds down, the political campaigns ramp up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks this week about issues that aren’t getting enough attention from the pols.

The Rhode Island House budget vote is monkeying with our column-writing schedule, so this week's TGIF is a bit abbreviated. But we're still checking the pulse of Ocean State politics and appreciate your stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Randi Weingarten, leader of the American Federation of Teachers, was in Providence this afternoon. The union leader toured a public elementary school and high school. She’s urging support for a statewide bond to pay for school building repairs.

During her visit to Mt. Pleasant high school, Weingarten criticized Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza over a teacher contract dispute between his office and city teachers that has dragged on over the last year. She accused Elorza of being inflexible in his approach to working with teachers.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the state Board of Election's resolution of a campaign finance complaint stemming from his 2016 campaign, and Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposal to sell or lease Providence's water supply.

Just another ho-hum week in Rhode Island politics, right? The news emerged fast and furious Wednesday, in a likely harbinger of a lot more drama in the months to come. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza unveiled a $745 million budget proposal Tuesday that avoids tax increases, maintains level-funding for city schools, and the mayor said, prepares Rhode Island's capital city for growth and success.

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A Providence city council member is supporting a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags and disposable plastic containers. This comes after Providence’s mayor vetoed a similar measure.  

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A group of elected officials and leaders of community groups gathered Monday at Central Falls to oppose plans for including a citizenship question in the U.S. Census in 2020.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has vetoed an ordinance that would have charged a fee of at least 10 cents for single-use paper and plastic bags in the city.

There was a lot going down in Providence this week, so that's a good place to start Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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