Monday, October 27, 2014

October 9, 2014 Mayoral forum - Video

Providence: October 9, 2014
Mayoral forum: Jorge Elorza, Vincent Cianci, Daniel Harrop 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Summit Neighborhood Association city council candidates forum

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. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HealthSource Rhode Island: Status Updates and Upcoming Policy Decisions

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.

Crumbling Schools - Handouts

Materials from the 10/8/14 meeting with
Joseph Paul da Silva, NCARB, REFP
RIDE School Construction Coordinator,
Architectural Design Reviewer

Assessment Overview Flyer

School Construction Program Overview

RI School Construction Moratorium

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SWMP September 2014 Preliminary Draft

State Planning Council has a preliminary draft of an update to the State's Solid Waste Management Plan out for review - a plan with direct impact on daily life. 
Public Forums Flyer and Agenda
Public Forum Presentation
Public Forum Handouts
Public Forum Display Boards

Why read the SWMP?

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:
  1. 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.
  2. National economic declines in 2008 resulted in a reduction in commercial waste volume and the associated fees by 40%.
  3. 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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Rhode Island Candidate Index
Rhode Island Race Index

Rhode Island Voting Information

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Constitutional Convention

Some history on the "ConCon" provided by RI

Reminder - Education Reform Starts with School Buildings 10/17

Education Reform Starts with School Buildings
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. 

 To Register - Free

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Reminder - two Providence LWV events‏

Reminder –Providence League of Women Voters events

1) Tomorrow: A Providence Conversation - Crumbling Schools: Too Awful to Ignore

The Providence League of Women Voters invites you to talk with:
Joseph Da Silva, School Construction Coordinator, RI Department of Education
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 

603 Angell St, Providence, 7: 00 pm

For more information, contact, (401)272-0422

2) Mayoral Debate, Thursday, October 9, Rochambeau Library, 6 pm (seating will start by 5:30)

With Vincent Cianci, Jorge Elorze, Daniel Harrop

The Providence Community Library has organized this debate; the Providence League of Women Voters is providing the moderator, the time-keepers, the question-gatherers.

Background Materials for Conversation on Crumbling Schools 10/8

RI (School) Housing Aid Formula

What each city/town receives (table)

Monday, October 6, 2014


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?

The complete paper together with six tables

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rhode Island Voter Information Handbook 2014

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.