Kevin Jackson, the incumbent member of the Providence City Council, and Marcus Mitchell, the write-in challenger, will appear together at an informal forum to answer constituents’ questions at a forum sponsored by the Summit Neighborhood Association at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the main dining hall of Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave. Light refreshments will be available.
PROVIDENCE – On Monday, October 20, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released “HealthSource RI: Status Updates and Upcoming Policy Choices.” The report is intended to provide stakeholders with background information on Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource Rhode Island (HSRI), and outline forthcoming policy decisions. The press release is available here and the full report is available here.
At current disposal rates, the Central Landfill in Johnston has 24 years of remaining capacity and will close in 2038. Building another landfill in Rhode Island is unlikely and further expansion at the Johnston location is problematic.
The RIRRC’s financial condition, over time, has deteriorated due to several major factors:
The municipal tip (disposal) fee that has been frozen by the Legislature for 24 consecutive years at $32/ton. The tip fee no longer covers the operational costs of landfilling currently at $43/ton.
National economic declines in 2008 resulted in a reduction in commercial waste volume and the associated fees by 40%.
Regulatory compliance activities required RIRRC to incur a debt of $40 million for infrastructure improvements
Addressing current RIRRC funding shortfalls is a prerequisite to implementing programs to extend landfill life beyond 2038.
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Foundation for Success: State Infrastructure in Rhode Island
In partnership with TD Securities (USA) LLC and RebuildRI, the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant is pleased to invite private, nonprofit, and public sector leaders to a symposium on the needs and methods for funding Infrastructure in the state of Rhode Island.
Foundation formulas are used by states for two purposes: to calculate how much the education of children costs and to determine how to share those costs between state and local governments. These formulas can have different calculations for determining the local share. The state supplements the local share to reach the total cost of the foundation program. This paper looks at the local share calculation of the current Rhode Island formula and at the calculations of two other types of foundation formulas. Which formula is easiest to understand? Which one is fairest to the taxpayer?
In preparation for November's general election, R.I. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis wants voters to be on the lookout for the 2014 Rhode Island Voter Information Handbook, which should begin appearing in local mailboxes in early October.