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Lt. Governor to Propose Legislation to Further Protect Consumers Doing Business with Alternate Electric Suppliers

PROVIDENCE, RI – In a letter sent to the Division of Public Utilities & Carriers last week, Lt. Governor Dan McKee announced his plan to propose legislation that will further protect Rhode Island consumers who are doing business with alternate electric suppliers while protecting potential savings realized from this practice. The goal of the legislation would be to ensure that any electric customer enrolling in a term plan with an alternate supplier will be dis-enrolled from the alternate supplier at the end of the term to protect customers from being placed on a costlier rate plan. Under McKee’s proposal, customers would automatically return…
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Latino Public Radio Launches Effort to Halt Station Sale

PROVIDENCE, RI - In response to a press release issued Friday by Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) regarding the future of Latino Public Radio (LPR), Reynaldo Almonte, CEO, President and General Manager of LPR is invoking The Public Radio Conversions Act in an effort to save the station’s signal at 1290 AM. The Public Radio Conversions Act, enacted in Rhode Island in 2005, prevents the sale of a nonprofit public radio to a private, for-profit or commercial organization. In 2008, RIPR used the Act to prevent Boston University’s WBUR Group from selling its signal. Almonte also wants to set the…
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Latino Public Radio reaches out to Government Officials for support to save the Radio Station

CRANSTON- Reynaldo Almonte, CEO, President and General Manager of Latino Public Radio (LPR) is making a direct appeal to Elected Officials in Rhode Island to support the station’s efforts to stay on the air at 1290 AM. The station is slated to go off the air on the radio after negotiations with Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) and the prior board members fell apart.  He states “Latino Public Radio is a vital tool for our community to stay informed on important information and for our government leaders to disseminate that information to Latino listeners.” Latino Public Radio is requesting that…
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Langevin Votes in Support of 2018 Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) voted today in favor of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” legislation that will fund the government through September 30. The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 256-167, heads to the Senate where it will be considered in advance of tomorrow’s funding deadline. “At long last, Republicans have joined Democrats at the negotiating table to produce an overwhelmingly bipartisan agreement to fund vital government programs,” said Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. “Like any compromise, this bill is not perfect, but I’m proud of the…
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Lt. Gov. McKee Reports Progress in Effort to Return Utility Tax Windfall to Consumers

PROVIDENCE, – Today, Lt. Governor Dan McKee reported progress in his bold effort to ensure millions in corporate tax windfall are returned to Rhode Island utility customers in the form of a rate reduction. According to a letter sent by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to National Grid on March 12, the PUC is answering McKee’s call by directing National Grid to create a plan to revise current utility rates to reflect the reduction in the federal corporate tax from 35 to 21 percent retroactive to January 1. McKee first called on the PUC to order a recalculation of National…
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Olympic and Paralympic Caucus Co-Chair Statement on 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

WASHINGTON, - Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and Tom Rooney (R-FL), the co-chairs of the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus, released the following statement congratulating the athletes competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games: "We are proud to support the Paralympic Team of 20 women and 54 men competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games. Their determination and independence is empowering to individuals of all abilities and promotes a more inclusive society. As co-chairs of the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus, we look forward to watching the Paralympians achieve sporting excellence. We are…
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Fung Campaign Responds to the Failed Leadership of Gina Raimondo and Stagnant Rhode Island Economy

(Cranston) - The Fung campaign released the following statement regarding the failed leadership of Governor Gina Raimondo and the stagnant Rhode Island economy. “Governor Raimondo claims things are getting better, but this report clearly shows that under her leadership the Rhode Island economy has completely stagnated. Per the RI DLT, the unemployment rate has only ticked down over the past year, and now another two hundred jobs have been lost in January. Rhode Islanders have had enough of families needing to leave the state to find good paying jobs. That’s why they are ready for the type of leadership Mayor…
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Rep. Giarrusso Calls for an End to Traffic Cameras

STATE HOUSE -- Senior Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Giarrusso (R-District 30 East Greenwich, West Greenwich) has introduced legislation to end the use of traffic cameras in Rhode Island. House bill 7760 would repeal the Automated Traffic Violation Monitoring Act of 2005 in its entirety, eliminating all traffic camera systems including red light and speed cameras. If passed, Rhode Island would join ten other states prohibiting communities from using red light or speed cameras. “These camera systems are nothing more than a government cash grab. They penalize the registered owner of a vehicle rather than the person actually driving which is…
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GOAL SEES BAKER JOINING GUN CONTROL COALITION AS ADMISSION OF GUILT

BOSTON - After reviewing the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on criminal data among Northeast states, the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts (“GOAL”) believes that it is yet another empty promise from elected officials providing themselves with nice soundbites for voters. GOAL is certain this MOU only represents an admission of guilt by our government for not doing their jobs to stop criminal gun traffickers. For decades, GOAL has been asking why our state’s existing gun laws were not being enforced. In Massachusetts over the last five years, GOAL has successfully passed comprehensive criminal laws that provide tools to…
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