Monday, November 23, 2015

GoLocalProv: Critics Raise Questions Over Proposed Statewide Teacher Contract

Friday, November 13, 2015
Kate Nagle, GoLocal News Editor

Critics of a potential statewide teacher contract are warning of implications should the state move away from district level negotiations, as a Senate committee is currently considering its potential and is expected to report on its findings in January. Full Story

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

League of Women Voters Conversation: Funding Libraries, December 1

A Providence Conversation

Revisiting State Assistance to Rhode Island Libraries

Please come chat with 

Karen Mellor, Director, RI Office of Information and Library Services

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

133 Dexterdale Rd, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

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

Providence League of Women Voters Study-Paper on Library Funding 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Summit Neighborhood Association: Public Education Forum‏

On Thursday, November 19th from 7:00-8:45, the newly-formed Education Committee of the Summit Neighborhood Association will host an education forum in the Community Room of the Rochambeau Library.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather our neighbors' views on public education in Providence--what it is, what it is not, and what you want it to be.

The specific topics are up to you! Please come share your success  stories, your concerns, and your dreams so we can advocate for the schools our neighborhood wants.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WPRI: Here’s why RIDOT says a truck-toll bond would save RI $612M

Transportation agency explains rationale for borrowing $600M to repair bridges

By Ted Nesi
Published: November 2, 2015, 6:40 pm  Updated: November 9, 2015, 6:46 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The debate over Gov. Gina Raimondo’s toll proposal is actually multiple debates rolled into one.

Among the questions: Should the state spend more money on bridge repairs, and if so, how much should it spend? Should the state institute a toll on large trucks, and if so, how should it work? Should the state float a bond backed by the toll revenue and get the money up front, even though it will have to pay interest? Full Story

Federal Debt Financing Tools

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Providence League of Women Voters Study-Paper on Library Funding

After poring over documents and interview notes from subcommittee members,  Maureen Romans authored this Study Paper on State Funding of Libraries. 
We plan to hold a meeting early in December to discuss this report.
Meanwhile, please read it beforehand.
Joan Retsinas

Monday, November 2, 2015

City Budget & River Road

News from Sam Zurier's 10/25 Ward Letter

City Budget
The Auditor General sent a Letter to our Mayor and City Council President (with copies to the City Council members) stating his concerns about Providence's finances.  Moving forward, the Auditor General's letter breaks important new ground by specifically directing our City's administration to obtain the advice and consent of the City Council before submitting a new, more effective deficit reduction plan.

The River Road Project
The Seekonk Riverbank Alliance seeks to enhance the River Road area as a public park.  In June, they held a charrette seeking public input about what features the park should have.  One major concern that neighbors stated was that any redesign should preserve the automobile access to River Road in both directions.  Recently, the group prepared a proposal that satisfies this concern.  They published diagrams of the proposal including an Overview, and renderings of a Plaza at the foot of Irving Avenue, the Meadow area and the Narragansett Boat Club area.  The group will be holding a public meeting to discuss the proposal on Thursday, November 5 at 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Planning Department, 444 Westminster Street.