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Myrth York Endorses Raimondo

Three time Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Myrth York, threw her support behind Gina Raimondo Wednesday morning. During an event at the Rue de L'Espoir restaurant on Hope Street in Providence, featuring Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and about two-dozen predominantly female supporters. York explained why she backed Raimondo for governor. York was an early supporter of Angel Taveras' 2010 mayoral campaign in Providence, and wound up chairing his run, and still remains a behind-the-scenes player in local politics. York says she endorsed Raimondo because she considers the treasurer the best candidate to lead Rhode Island out of its persistent economic problems. Although…
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BRETT SMILEY CALLS FOR MAJOR REFORMS TO THE PROVIDENCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP (PEDP)

Brett Smiley today released the first piece of his economic development plan for Providence: reforming the structure of the Providence Economic Development Partnership by moving its revolving loan functions into a new, independent program. This puts the loan-making decisions in the hands of qualified underwriters while allowing the business and civic leaders who sit on the board to use their expertise to shape our city's economic policies. Cronyism and inefficient business practices have squandered the PEDP's ability to strengthen Providence's economy, and through the reforms Brett Smiley proposes, the Partnership will be better able to fulfill its mission of growing…
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Statement from Mayor Fung regarding Moody’s Report Upgrading Cranston’s Bond Rating

March 4, 2014 Cranston, Mayor Allan Fung today shared details of Moody's Rating Agency's decision to remove its "negative" outlook on Cranston's bond rating. Fung commented: "This step by Moody's affirms that the efforts we have taken to tackle major issues in Cranston have been successful." Primarily, the Mayor was referring to his recent negotiated pension reform with Police and Firefighter retirees as well as those active members who are still part of the City system. This agreement, not only reduces the long term liability, but also saved the City over six million dollars in this current budget year -…
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Ready to Learn Providence and Child and Family Service Agency Collaborators Receive $75,000 Blue Cross Grant

PROVIDENCE, RI (March 4, 2014) – Ready to Learn Providence (R2LP), a school-readiness organization working to close the educational achievement gap, has received a $75,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) to fund Let’s Get Moving!, an initiative to help child and family service agencies train and support their staff in enhancing nutrition and exercise programming for children under five. The funding will be used in a collaborative effort among local child and family service agencies, including partners Children’s Friend and the Providence Community Library, as well as 10 center-based child care programs and three…
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Johnston Town Committee Endorses Frank Caprio for Treasurer

Johnston, RI -- Democrat candidate for General Treasurer, Frank Caprio, today announced the endorsement of his candidacy by the Johnston Democratic Town Committee. "Our democratic committee unanimously endorsed Frank's campaign to return as Treasurer because we trust him to focus on growing the economy, creating jobs and saving the taxpayers money," said Democratic chairman Richard Delfino. "We are impressed by his commitment to ending the exorbitant fees paid to Wall Street out of the pension system. Instead, he will focus on investing in Main Street Rhode Island through a small business revolving fund. Frank understands the struggles of middle class…
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Foster democrats endorse Gina Raimondo for Governor

Foster -- Yesterday, the Foster Democratic Town Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Gina Raimondo in the Democratic primary for governor. Foster is the second town committee to endorse Gina. "We are proud to be endorsing Gina; now more than ever, Rhode Island needs a leader with a sense of urgency to address our most pressing problems," said Foster Democratic Chairman John Bevilacqua. "With a lagging economy and infrastructure in disrepair, it's critically important that we elect a governor who is ready to set a course to move this state forward and we will be working very hard to make sure…
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Ken Block Calls Out State Leaders On Gaming Revenue Issue

WARWICK: Republican candidate for Governor Ken Block called out state leaders on the potential loss of gaming revenue due to upcoming competition from Massachusetts. “Rhode Island is addicted to the revenue it receives from Twin River and Newport Grand and lacks a plan on how to overcome the shortfall we will face when the gaming facilities in Massachusetts open, “said Block. “We knew this day would in fact come and once again our state leaders show how out of touch they are with planning for Rhode Island’s future budget needs.” Current annual gaming revenue projections are approximately $10 million from…
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Republican candidate for Governor Ken Block issued a statement regarding the announcement by Cox Communications that it is eliminating hundreds of call center jobs in Rhode Island

“The latest announcement by Cox Communications to cut 234 jobs from its Rhode Island work force follows a pattern of more of the same in our state," said Block.   "Rhode Island not only leads the nation in unemployment but continues to lose jobs to other states and this is unacceptable.  What is even more disturbing is that our elected officials are not focused on creating an economic climate conducive to attracting and keeping businesses and jobs here." Cox Communications announced yesterday that it is eliminating 234 jobs from its customer call center in West Warwick, nearly twenty percent of its…
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MICHAEL SOLOMON HIRES LIZ WHITE AS CAMPAIGN MANAGER

PROVIDENCE - Providence City Council President and Democratic Mayoral candidate Michael Solomon announced today the hiring of Liz White as campaign manager for his mayoral campaign. "I am thrilled to have a campaign manager with an accomplished policy and communications background," said Solomon. "Liz is a great team builder and she is passionate about the issues facing our city: education, community development, health care and rebuilding the city's middle class. I worked closely with her on passing historic reforms that took on Big Tobacco and protected the health of Providence's youth and was impressed with her management of such an…
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Seventeen Elected Officials Representing Cranston Endorse Guillaume De Ramel For Secretary Of State

PROVIDENCE – Seventeen elected officials representing Cranston today endorsed Aquidneck Island businessman Guillaume De Ramel in his race to become Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State.  Senator Hanna Gallo, Senator Frank Lombardi, Rep. Robert Jacquard, Rep. Charlene Lima, Rep. Michael Marcello, Rep. Peter Palumbo, Council President John Lanni, Council Vice President Michael Farina, Councilman Mario Aceto, Councilman Paul Archetto, Councilman Richard Santamaria, Councilwoman Sarah Kales Lee, School Committee Chairwoman Andrea Iannazzi, School Committee members Stephanie Culhane, Jeff Gale, Paula McFarland, and Janice Ruggieri are all supporting Guillaume’s candidacy. “Cranston is one of the most important communities in our state, and…
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