Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Report: Providence tax deals lack compliance, transparency

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
Published: January 9, 2018, 12:45 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – There is “widespread noncompliance” with annual reporting requirements for recipients of tax breaks in the city of Providence, according to a review of the special deals released Monday by the city’s internal auditor’s office.

The 95-page report on the city’s 52 active tax stabilization agreements (TSAs), prepared at the request of the City Council, also suggests there “is not an easy or transparent way” for the public to learn about the incentives that are currently in place.

Full WPRI Story

Citywide Conversation at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School

Please join

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza with Councilman Seth Yurdin for a Citywide Conversation

Tuesday, January 30 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Vartan Gregorian Elementary School
455 Wickenden St, Providence, Rhode Island 02903

All are welcome to join this open discussion on our City and how we can work together to benefit our neighborhoods and communities.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Task force learns how RI could fund billions in school repairs

By Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
Published: October 23, 2017, 8:32 pm  Updated: October 23, 2017, 10:44 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island could fund billions of dollars in needed public school repairs by moving to a system that funds projects as they happen, placing a general-obligation bond question on next year’s ballot or offering incentives to cities and towns that commit to quickly making infrastructure improvements, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner suggested Monday.

Magaziner, who co-chairs the Rhode Island School Building Task Force, stopped short of making any recommendations during the panel’s second meeting, but he warned there is no amount of “financial wizardry” that will get the state out of spending more than it currently spends if leaders want to commit to making $600 million to $3 billion in school repairs in the coming years.

One thing Magaziner made clear to the group: “Just pouring money into this existing system isn’t going to get us there.”
 Full Story  

Task Force Members, Agendas, Presentations & Minutes, Upcoming Meetings, Public Forums

Monday, October 23, 2017

Workshop: Designing A Vision for the “Post-Industrial” Seekonk Corridor

Designing A Vision for the “Post-Industrial” Seekonk Corridor

A Workshop on October 30, 6 to 8 PM

At Tockwotton on the Waterfront
500 Waterfront Drive, East Providence, RI 02914

This workshop will present work being done to redesign the Seekonk Corridor by Professor William Green’s University of Rhode Island Landscape Architecture Senior Design Studio. The workshop will provide an opportunity for people who care about the future of learn about the emerging vision for the area, give feedback, and contribute ideas.

The Seekonk Corridor extends from the Henderson Bridge to just south of the Washington
Bridge along both sides of the Seekonk River.

For more information

Providence Conversation: DACA: From Dream to Limbo to Deportation?

Providence League of Women Voters
Invites you to a
Providence Conversation

DACA: From Dream to Limbo to Deportation?
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Place: 603 Angell St, home of Liz Head
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

President Obama in 2012 signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order, allowing children born outside the United States who immigrated with their parents to stay here. Today 800,000 have settled into schools, training programs, and jobs. President Trump has threatened to halt DACA.

What does this mean for Rhode Island’s  “Dreamers”?

Guest: Kathleen Cloutier, executive director, Dorcas International Institute

Sunday, September 17, 2017

State officials prioritizing needs following study into RI school building conditions

Posted: Sep 14, 2017 4:47 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2017 4:47 PM EDT
By: Chloe Leshner

We're digging deeper into a first of its kind study into Rhode Island's crumbling classrooms. Now that state officials have a pretty good grasp about just how bad the schools are, 2 questions need to be answered. How to fix it and how to pay for it.

That report paints a grim picture of the conditions Rhode Island students learn in and with a $2.2 billion price tag to get every public school in pristine condition, the task force now has to prioritize what realistically can get done first.

Full Story

2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses Report

Click here to read the facilities assessment report released today. The RIDE website also has a clickable map that allows you to read individual reports for every single school building in the state. To see that map, click here.

Notable information from the reports include:

  • $627.6 million in immediate work is required to make all RI schools "warm, safe, and dry" (fire alarms, roof and window replacement).
  • $2.2 billion would bring all facilities up to "aspirational standards", which includes repairs as well as creating 21st century learning environments.
  • 54% of RI's traditional schools can accommodate 350 students or fewer, but average enrollment in 2016-17 was 488.
  • Sample facility deficiency costs by district:
             Barrington -- $47.8 million
             East Providence -- $137.5 million
             Providence -- $372.4 million
             Tiverton -- $46 million
             Warwick -- $190 million

  • Sample facility deficiency costs by school building:

              Barrington Middle School -- $21.4 million
              East Providence High School -- $38.7 million
              Classical High School -- $17.3 million
              Tiverton High School -- $22.4 million
              Warwick Vets -- $27.3 million

There is already news coverage regarding these reports online from Linda Borg (here) and Dan McGowan (here).

Lisa M. Nelson | OEHCRI
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Providence, RI 02903
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