Friday, November 9, 2018

Reminder: Conversation with Tom Hoagland, Providence Business Loan Fund 11/15

Providence Conversation
Come learn about the Providence Business Loan Fund

Guest: Thomas Hoagland, Director
          Providence Business Loan Fund

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Place: 133 Dexterdale Rd, home of Barbara Riter
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

For government, “economic development” translates into public money to private businesses. On the one hand, businesses often desperately need capital, beyond what banks are willing to loan. On the other hand, often the banks are appropriately cagey: the businesses are not sure bets.
 (Remember 38 Studios).
How does Providence balance the need to bolster its businesses, against the worry that some of those businesses may die, even with a public subsidy?
Come hear Thomas Hoagland, Director of the Providence Business Loan Fund

Conversation and coffee, tea and cookies



Sunday, November 4, 2018

RIPEC Report on November 2018 Ballot Initiatives and State's Debt Position & Budget Outlook

PROVIDENCE R.I. (October 2018) – On November 6, Rhode Island voters will be asked to consider three ballot questions, which would authorize $589.5 million in additional debt costs, accounting for estimated interest and borrowing costs.  Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released a report intended to assist voters as they consider these ballot initiatives.  The report provides an updated look at the state’s FY 2019 budget and out-years, based on the preliminary FY 2018 closing, as well as Rhode Island’s current debt position.  The purpose is to provide voters with information regarding the current financial position of the state and other related issues, which may be helpful when deciding whether to approve the referenda. The report also provides a summary of the 2018 ballot initiatives, and includes a set of questions for voter consideration.  The full report is available here.

Friday, November 2, 2018

WPRI Debates - Providence Mayoral, US Senate, RI Governor

Providence Mayoral Debate
Incumbent Democrat Jorge Elorza, and independent Dianne "Dee Dee" Witman.
https://www.wpri.com/on-air/newsmakers-1122018-providence-mayoral-debate/1568956402

Rhode Island US Senate Debate
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican challenger Robert Flanders.
https://www.wpri.com/on-air/watch-in-full-us-senate-debate-between-whitehouse-flanders/1507353993

Rhode Island Gubernatorial Debate
Democratic incumbent Gina Raimondo, Republican nominee Allan Fung and independent Joe Trillo
https://www.wpri.com/politics/watch-in-full-wpri-12-gubernatorial-debate/1480435225

Emergency Mail Ballot

Reminder: although it is too late to apply for a regular absentee ballot, you may still go to your local city/town hall and apply for an Emergency Mail Ballot. You can also download the Emergency Mail Ballot and return it to city/town hall before election day.
https://vote.sos.ri.gov/ovr/voters/emergency_ballot

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Providence Conversation: Thomas Hoagland, Director, Providence Business Loan Fund

Providence League of Women Voters
Invites you to a
Providence Conversation

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7pm

Providence needs its small businesses.
Sometimes those small businesses need a boost from the city.

Come learn about the Providence Business Loan Fund

Guest: Thomas Hoagland, Director
          Providence Business Loan Fund


Conversation and coffee, tea and cookies


Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Place: 133 Dexterdale Rd, home of Barbara Riter
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Mayoral Candidate Forum - Audio online

The Providence League of Women Voters, in conjunction with URI's MPA Program at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies hosted a Providence Mayoral Forum on September 4 at URI's Paff Auditorium on the Providence Campus. It was an informative night moderated by Scott MacKay a commentator for RIPR's (now the Public's Radio) Political Roundtable. Candidates shared their views on the proposed skyscraper in the city's jewelry district, how to solve billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, how to improve public schools, and more.

Candidates: ROBERT A DEROBBIO, Democrat: JEFFREY E LEMIRE, Independent (present but not participating); JORGE O ELORZA, Democrat; KOBI JASON DENNIS, Democrat; and DIANNE S WITMAN, Independent

Thanks to RIPR you can listen to the full discussion here.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

R.I. gun-safety task force releases final recommendations

By Katherine Gregg
Providence Journal Political Writer

Posted Oct 4, 2018 at 4:06 PM
Updated Oct 4, 2018 at 7:16 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The 43-member gun-safety task force that Gov. Gina Raimondo created last April in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre released its final recommendations on Thursday, and they include passage of a passel of new laws that the Democratic leaders of Rhode Island’s General Assembly have thus far been unwilling to bring to a vote.

They include: a ban on ammunition feeding devices — known as magazines — with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, prohibiting the concealed carry of firearms on school grounds and within 1,000 feet of elementary or secondary schools and in government buildings, and raising the age to buy a “long gun” from 18 to 21, where it already stands for handguns.

The group stopped short, however, of backing a ban on military-style assault weapons, opting to call instead for a new requirement that they be registered with a state or local law enforcement agency.
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