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Written Testimony by Mike Stenhouse Opposing “Minimum Wage” Hikes

Would further degrade an already weak Ocean State Jobs Market Providence, RI - The CEO of the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, Mike Stenhouse, today submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Labor on the multiple minimum-wage-hike bills scheduled to be heard later this ;"Instead of raising the minimum wage, the Center recommends expansion of the Earned-Income-Tax-Credit (EITC)," wrote Stenhouse. "This will support low-income workers without risking job or wage ;The major downward revision of RI's 2018 jobs numbers by the federal government has exposed the weakness of our state's jobs market. We cannot risk further degradation." Stenhouse's testimony stresses how minimum wage hikes…
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RIDOT CLOSING ALBION BRIDGES FOR REPAIRS

Historic pedestrian and safety railings to be rehabilitated The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that on Monday, April 15, it will simultaneously close two bridges, located one right after the other, in the village of Albion on the Lincoln/Cumberland line. The bridges carry School Street over the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal between Main Street Albion and Mendon Road. They will remain closed until later summer while RIDOT rehabilitates pedestrian and safety railings for vehicles on these historic bridges - each more than 130 years old.  Because of the narrowness of the bridges, RIDOT must close…
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Art & Life

State Arts Council Commissions Artist-Designed Bike Racks for State Administration Building

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the installation of artist-designed bike racks for One Capitol Hill, the State’s Main Administration Building in Providence. This project, produced in cooperation with the State Department of Administration, provides bike racks for state employees and visitors to use when visiting offices in the Capitol Complex. The bike racks are produced by the Public Projects Department of The Steel Yard, a Providence-based non-profit that provides a place for the community to practice and learn the industrial arts. The bike racks were designed by artist Brendan Rose, with assistance from Peter…
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Senators Reed, Collins Call for DOT Audit on Certification of Boeing 737-MAX

WASHINGTON, DC -- In the wake of the recent crashes involving the Boeing 737-MAX, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) are calling on the Inspector General (IG) of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to audit the certification process for this ; In a letter sent to Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III today, the Senators wrote: The recent crash of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 resulted in 346 fatalities and have raised public concerns with Boeing’s 737-MAX ; While the investigations into the crashes are ongoing, it is important for us to ensure that the…
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Community

The American Red Cross Helping a Family of Five

WARWICK, ;(March 26th, 2019) – The American Red Cross is helping one family – two adults – three children after a fire today on West Shore Road, ;The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family's immediate needs. Responders included: Amy Rodenbaugh, Robert Partington and Lee Ann Freitas. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged…
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Education

Angélica Infante-Green Confirmed as Commissioner of Education

PROVIDENCE, – The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education voted unanimously this evening, with the support of the full Rhode Island Board of Education, to appoint Angélica Infante-Green as the next Commissioner of Education. Infante-Green is the first Latina and the first woman of color to lead the Rhode Island Department of Education. Currently a Deputy Commissioner in New York, Infante-Green is a national leader on educational ;In recommending Infante-Green last week, Governor Gina M. Raimondo praised her leadership in supporting multilingual learners, closing achievement gaps, and engaging students and families in improving schools. “Angélica's confirmation is a victory for Rhode…
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Moscú: Presencia “especialistas rusos” en Venezuela regida por acuerdo

FOTO: Un avión con la bandera rusa se ve en el Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar en Caracas, Venezuela, 24 de marzo de 2019. Voz de América  La presencia de "especialistas rusos" en Venezuela se rige por un acuerdo de cooperación técnico-militar entre los dos países, dijo el martes el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Rusia. El contingente militar ruso que llegó a Venezuela sería de fuerzas especiales, incluido el "personal de seguridad cibernética", dijo a Reuters un funcionario estadounidense. El funcionario, que habló a condición de mantenerse anónimo, dijo que Estados Unidos aún está evaluando el despliegue ruso, que Washington…
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Reed Statement on Trump’s Efforts to Strike Down All Affordable Care Act Protections

WASHINGTON, DC -- In its efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump Administration has now gone a major step further in asking the courts to throw out the entire law, which includes critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a strong supporter of the ACA, today warned that if the Trump Administration’s legal strategy succeeds and the courts dismantle the ACA, then millions of consumers would likely lose health care coverage or face higher ; Reed stated: “This is proof that President Trump was being dishonest when he tweeted last fall: “Republicans will totally protect…
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Health

DNC on Trump DOJ’s Latest Attack on Health Care

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after it was reported that the Justice Department issued a new filing in lawsuit challenging the individual mandate that calls on courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act: “Donald Trump and Republicans are obsessed with taking health care away from millions of Americans. For nearly a decade, Republicans have tried and failed to kill the ACA. This filing moves them one step closer to throwing the financial security and peace of mind of millions – not to mention one of the largest sectors of our economy – into a tailspin.…
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Reed, Schatz Lead Effort to Protect Confidentiality of U.S. Census Responses

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a group of 15 senators in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to follow the law and protect the confidentiality of responses collected through the 2020 census. The letter to Attorney General William Barr follows reports about Trump Administration officials discussing the possibility of violating the confidentiality of information collected during the decennial census. “With the start of peak census operations only 11 months away, we urge you to confirm that the Justice Department and all of its employees will uphold the airtight confidentiality protections for data…
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