Saturday, October 31, 2015

Quasi-Publics and Debt

The reason why the state goes through “quasi-public” agencies like the Commerce Corporation (formerly the Economic Development Corp., or EDC) and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority for non-general-obligation debt?

Not-So-Quasi-Publics and Unconstitutional Debt
by Justin Katz on October 27, 2015
Anchor Rising & Ocean State Current

The League Joins with other Groups to Voice Concerns about Transparency

You can read more about the issue as reported on RIPR (

Text of the letter

Providence Parks + Recreation

Find Upcoming Activities and Programs 

Reserve Parks and Recreation Facilities 
The City of Providence has parks, athletic fields, and recreation centers that are available for group use or rental throughout Providence. Permits are required for all reservations.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Economic Analysis of Truck Toll Plan

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jonathan Womer announced the findings of the RhodeWorks economic impact study conducted by Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI).

Economic Impact Study

Constitutional Amendment Study

For anyone interested:
The LWVUS Constitutional Amendment Committee will study the process of amending the U.S. Constitution. Study website

Additional material is being shared on a Yahoogroup. The suggested readings from members of the Yahoogroup may be found here. Materials from the Yahoogroup are often updated as group members find new materials, so check back frequently.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Elorza seeking applicants for Providence School Board

By Linda Borg

Journal Staff Writer

Posted Oct. 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Mayor Jorge Elorza announced Wednesday that the Providence School Board Nominating Commission is seeking applicants to serve on the Providence School Board.
“The Providence School Board is essential for making our school system the best that it can be,” said Elorza. “If you are passionate about improving our public schools, then I ask you to apply to serve the city and the students of Providence on the School Board.”
The nine school board members are each appointed to three-year terms. Terms are staggered to have three positions up for renewal every year. School board members whose terms are expiring may apply and be considered for reappointment. This year’s applicants are being considered for appointment to a term beginning in 2016 and going through 2019.
The School Board application deadline is 4 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2015. The School Board job description and online application are available at:
The School Board Nominating Commission will conduct a public forum with selected applicants once the application period has closed. The commission then makes recommendations to the mayor, whose nominees will be reviewed by the City Council.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hurricane Joaquíin - useful links and phone numbers


Know your local emergency evacuation routes by visiting the RIEMA website at

Visit to Register with CodeRed and receive free emergency notifications from local and state officials.


Individuals with special healthcare needs should consider enrolling in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry either online at or by calling 211.

Have ready access to utility contact information to report outages and other emergency situations:

  • National Grid - (800)-465-1212
  • Pascoag Utility District - (401) 568-6222
  • Block Island Power Co. - (401) 466-7754

Remember to treat all downed utility lines as live and dangerous.