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2008-10-03 15:00:14

Rhode Island, facing massive budget deficits, is in no position to bail out a private gambling company. So Governor Carcieri and other political leaders were right to warn that there would be no bailouts for the owners of the Twin River slot palace, which faces a "high probability of bankruptcy," according to a national credit- rating energy. UTGR Inc., the company that Rhode Island chose to run the former Lincoln Park casino, has run into the same problem gambling companies nationwide are...

2008-09-26 15:00:00

By Timothy C Barmann Deepwater Wind beats six other bidders competing for the private- financed venture. NORTH KINGSTOWN -- The company selected to build a $1.5-billion wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island has never constructed an offshore project. But yesterday, Governor Carcieri said he was confident that Deepwater Wind, the three-year-old New Jersey firm chosen to build the privately financed project, had the experience and the financial backing to get the job done. "They've...

2008-09-26 15:00:36

By Mark Reynolds The $12.5 million, awarded to the University of Rhode Island, will pay for training for high school and middle school teachers. JOHNSTON -- Governor Carcieri yesterday unveiled a $12.5-million program that will employ the state's universities in a five-year campaign to steeply upgrade the math and science lessons taught in Rhode Island's middle and high schools. The program aims to equip secondary school teachers with tools and expertise to give highly interactive...

2008-09-19 15:00:28

By Steve Peoples State money for such things as student loans, water-related projects and home mortgages is in investment accounts that are not protected by collateral. PROVIDENCE -- A day after scrambling to retrieve more than $100 million from the failing American International Group, Rhode Island officials disclosed yesterday that hundreds of millions of dollars invested with other companies may be at risk. In addition to the AIG funds, state agencies have at least $260 million --...

2008-09-16 15:00:20

By Steve Peoples The state is negotiating an unprecedented Medicaid waiver from the federal government in an attempt to save money, but some congressional leaders are wary. PROVIDENCE -- Rhode Island's unprecedented attempt to transform its health-care system for the poor has drawn criticism from key congressional leaders, who fear that closed-door negotiations between the Bush administration and Governor Carcieri may put "beneficiaries, providers, and the entire state at risk...." In...

2008-08-10 15:00:30

By Mike Downey Drive up Charles Street into North Providence, past Lancellotta's Banquet Restaurant, and you're at the home of Council 94, the largest state employees union. Look for an office whose bulletin board features a "Don't blame me, I voted for Charlie" sticker, a "Retired U.S. Army" decal, and a "Privatization equals corruption" button. Welcome to the lair of Dennis Grilli, the union's 59-year-old executive director, a man at the center of a bitter battle that has roiled...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

By Steve Peoples, The Providence Journal, R.I. Aug. 6--PROVIDENCE -- The critics filled the room. And one by one, they took turns denouncing the unprecedented plan Governor Carcieri says will transform Rhode Island's health-care system for the better while saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars over the next five years. "The risks and unknowns of this global waiver as presented are too great for our state to bear at this crucial financial crossroads," said Lt. Gov....

2008-08-05 15:00:39

By Paul Edward Parker Council 94 has asked the Superior Court to block the governor from increasing members' health-insurance costs. PROVIDENCE -- Unionized state workers yesterday filed court papers spelling out their objections to a move by Governor Carcieri to impose higher health-insurance costs on thousands of state employees who overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal last month. The state workers' union, Council 94, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal...

2008-08-05 15:00:39

By Paul Edward Parker, The Providence Journal, R.I. Aug. 5--PROVIDENCE -- Unionized state workers yesterday filed court papers spelling out their objections to a move by Governor Carcieri to impose higher health-insurance costs on thousands of state employees who overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal last month. The state workers' union, Council 94, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has asked a Superior Court judge to issue a temporary...

2008-08-03 15:00:21

Governor Carcieri has once again demonstrated how out of touch with reality he really is. His most recent veto of an alternative energy proposal was a slap in the face to the sanctity of our environment and to future generations. Our Massachusetts neighbors and their governor, Deval Patrick, have passed a law mandating energy-efficiency improvements and a big investment in renewable energy by state utilities (are you listening, National Grid?), all of which is expected to save hundreds of...


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