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nagaer July 16, 2014 at 08:35 pm
The Senate President is too busy awarding Magistrate and other state jobs to her friends and donorsRead More to think about the roads.
Bob July 17, 2014 at 07:31 am
This is not news anymore, but what should be is the cops sitting in their cars on the computers orRead More cell phones at every construction detail in the state making what ???...like $59 an hour....maybe you could put those $$$ towards some road repair....
Don Thela July 20, 2014 at 08:21 am
This is due to the fact that every election we hear about what the candidates will do for ourRead More infrastructure, but our roads are worse than ever. Think before voting!
Concerned Resident July 13, 2014 at 05:33 pm
af, additional childish rubbish from you. as difficult as it may be for you how about commenting perRead More the topic rather than deflecting???
stu pididiot July 16, 2014 at 02:54 pm
hey concerned..just went over the bridge for free..what a nice ride..thanks for your help!!!!
OldTownie July 16, 2014 at 05:38 pm
How does CR square it with her own organization (PCC) that was against the tolls? Starting to soundRead More like a hypocrite, CR. Better check with Larry about your marching orders.
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Discouraged June 25, 2014 at 01:57 am
What a lot BS. Climate change won't destroy RI. Lack of decent jobs, lowering taxes and bringingRead More industry back to RI will destroy RI. Put your efforts into these areas, people. Set your priorities. Otherwise, climate change means nothing to a dead state.
Peter June 25, 2014 at 06:10 am
This sets the stage for crony capitalism and a panel of democratic political appointees who continueRead More to suck the taxpayers dry that have to fund this moronic bit of legislation. Good for the future? How about now? The unemployment rate in Pawtucket, Providence and Central Falls alone is about 35%.
Jack Baillargeron June 25, 2014 at 09:53 am
Nothing but a scam for the good old boy networks prevalent in this State.
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Abe Lincoln June 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm
I am banking on Jesus Christ above to straighten out this mess! I am headed to the theatre!
Jack Baillargeron June 23, 2014 at 08:14 pm
Not exactly correct George in my opinion. Though they were "moral Bond" which means thereRead More was risk because the State was not liable to pay the investors back. Though once one payment was made that option went out the window obviously. Good article about this here. It was all done through the RIEDC. http://www.bna.com/rhode-island-economic-development/ The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) Nov. 1 filed a complaint against Wells Fargo Securities LLC, Barclays Capital PLC and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, among others, in Rhode Island Superior Court (Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation v. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, R.I. Super. Ct., docket number not available, complaint filed 11/1/12). The allegations in the complaint arise from the RIEDC's issuance of $75 million in bonds to Schilling's 38 Studios LLC, a video game development company, which filed for Chapter 7 protection June 7 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware along with three affiliates (24 BBLR 822, 6/21/12). 38 Studios is not named as a defendant in the complaint. Issuance of Bonds The RIEDC is a “quasi-public corporation created … to promote certain economic policies of the State of Rhode Island,” according to court documents. The complaint alleges that defendants Wells Fargo and Barclays acted as “placement agents” in connection with the issuance of the bonds to 38 Studios. In 2012, the RIEDC issued the bonds to “finance a loan to enable 38 Studios LLC to relocate to Rhode Island, complete production of a massive multiplayer online video game called Copernicus, and to capitalize the company's growth and expansion in Rhode Island,” according to court documents. However, 38 Studios subsequently filed for bankruptcy in June 2012. Undisclosed Risks The RIEDC alleges that 38 Studios's failure was due to “risks that had not been disclosed to the [RIEDC] board, but were or should have been known by” 38 Studios and the defendants. The complaint alleges that the defendants knew that “even with the loan from the [RIEDC], 38 Studios was undercapitalized by many millions of dollars and would not have nearly enough money to relocate to Rhode Island and complete Copernicus, and that, as a result of this cash shortfall, 38 Studios was likely to run out of money in 2012.” The complaint also alleges that “Wells Fargo was earning nearly $500,000 in hidden commissions from 38 Studios at the same time that Wells Fargo owed fiduciary duties to the [RIEDC] Board to disclose all negative material information concerning 38 Studios' business plan and financial projections, including the shortfall.” The complaint alleges 17 counts against the defendants, including, among others, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, legal malpractice, and breach of implied covenant of goof faith and fair dealing.
Jack Baillargeron June 23, 2014 at 08:15 pm
Sorry still waiting for the darn patch to put the paragraph feature back lol.
Judi Staven June 20, 2014 at 08:11 pm
While I do believe that congrats are in order for our Legislators who managed to turn this around,Read More lets not forget that if it weren't for Jeanne Smith and her petition drive two years ago there would be a toll on that bridge as we speak. When everybody (including myself) were moaning and groaning about there not being anything we can do about it, she was the one who said NO! We have to fight this. And she did. Can't thank you enough Jeanne! Judi Staven
Chris Hayes June 21, 2014 at 07:51 am
I guess all you people didn't read the new budget before you starting celebrating. The crap theyRead More put in place of the tolls is much worse, and its your fault. But I guess ignorance is bliss. Thx Alot!
Concerned Resident June 21, 2014 at 01:22 pm
chris h, similar to my comments your comment will most likely soon be deleted to hide the truth thatRead More rayb and these individuals only care about themselves. three cheers for increased gas taxes, increase inspection fee, increase good driver record dismissal fee and of course the continued pell bridge tool. hip hip horray, hip hip ......
Ralph June 24, 2014 at 10:47 am
Minimum wage is a joke! We had minimum wage put i place to give a head-start to people entering theRead More work force, it wasn't designed to support a family. You enter the workforce and get the experience to grow within your chosen occupation not just wait around for the government to give you a raise!
PMarandola June 25, 2014 at 11:43 am
@Ralph sadly most employers only use Temp labor therefore the only raise the people get is from theRead More government! 99% of the agency's pay themselves nicely & NEVER reward the workers. I see it all day long! PIGS GET FAT HOGS GET SLAUGHTERED!
Ralph June 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Employers are hiring temps is due to our great government not allowing small business to plan aheadRead More and loading them down with new laws and regulations making it more profitable to hire temps and not pay for medical benefits etc! Minimum wage will not change that but a change in idiots sent to Washington will help!
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Chris Christensen June 16, 2014 at 11:58 am
How close do you have to be to be in the "vicinity." Somebody better define vicinity inRead More number of feet or yards.
Joe Richer June 17, 2014 at 08:58 am
Thanks for the support Chris. Freedom should always be the first option.
Abe Lincoln June 17, 2014 at 09:31 am
I keep an eye on Lee with my aerial balloons! They are great too if you come across a gals gone wildRead More party!
Derek Duchemin June 17, 2014 at 09:19 am
this state is so desperate for money they raise the fine to $1,000, it is like impossible to payRead More that, do you have $1,000 on hand, cause I certainly don't.
Former Ports resident June 17, 2014 at 11:38 am
Derek, then don't throw garbage out your window. And if you are caught and have no money, make it anRead More installment fine or work it off picking up litter at the minimum wage rate
William Denton June 18, 2014 at 12:53 am
Republicans be like "I'm dumpin' my trash in your back yard Makin' certain you don't noticeRead More really isn't so hard You're so busy with your guns and all of your excuses to use them."
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Lori Larocque June 14, 2014 at 08:10 am
Yo want Turkey sightings yet you sweep under the rug Mountain lion sightings.....hmmmm.....
Carlene Elaine Quaresma June 14, 2014 at 04:05 pm
I see a lot on Old North Rd. in Coventry crossing the street in the morning. They are doingRead More construction in that area. Sad. Still, they seem to hang out in a person's yard that is big, woody and quiet. I just have a feeling I won't be seeing them in years to come.
siena leoni June 17, 2014 at 01:25 pm
There has been 2 Guineafowls or hens hanging out on Route 102 in West Greenwich
Ralph June 13, 2014 at 08:05 am
Otto did you ever think reelecting democrats may be the primary problem with this state? You knowRead More the definition of insanity, it applies to RI elections!
CB11 June 13, 2014 at 10:37 am
True dat, Lt. Bil Drat! Peace, out.
CB11 June 13, 2014 at 10:45 am
It's not so much a Democrat/Republican issue that is destroying the state, it's everyone in theRead More General Assembly that has ties, had ties, has family with ties or just plain owes the PUBLIC UNIONS. The rest of us have no say, no representation and no voice! This state is being run like one big Public Union shop! They have too much power. If we want change, we need to elect people who are not beholding to unions for anything.
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Leave RI June 11, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Who's the guy in the middle?
glenn anderson June 12, 2014 at 05:00 pm
No one living in RI won.
mike westman June 25, 2014 at 04:50 pm
Clay Pell....the best of the rest and not beholding to anyone.
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Hingle Mc'Cringleberry June 11, 2014 at 10:38 am
Rug MD could you provide some back up facts about the secret slush fund. If it is a secret how comeRead More you know about it? How much money is in it and what are the plans for the money? Rug MD when your TCC cronies wanted a non resident to be in office in this town and when they stole money from the schools, were they following the charter?
RItransplant June 11, 2014 at 10:44 am
I just hope that whatever plans they have for this area, that it includes raising the beach fees forRead More out of state visitors for Grinnell's and Fogland beaches as they seem to be the only ones enjoying them, not Tiverton residents. Improving the facilities at both would be help in that regard, and promoting various different events aimed at Tiverton residents.
Lawton Ave. 1st June 11, 2014 at 09:27 pm
Let me make myself crystal clear...I never answered the question if I thought a non-resident couldRead More be an elected official. It really mattered if they supported our cause or not.
Concerned Resident June 6, 2014 at 08:24 pm
rayb, you will have to forgive my pessimism in feeling that your words have little vale BUT in theRead More spirit of fairness I will wait to see if you are a man of your word. Thanks and have a great weekend.
Starship Trooper June 7, 2014 at 09:00 am
Too bad we already paid a few million for the "booth" at Sockonnet.
Elaine Albert Realtors June 7, 2014 at 10:12 am
Let's just keep taxes the Rhode Islanders, cause we don't pay enough taxes already
Crews installing the toll collection equipment in June of 2013. (Patch file photo)
Randy June 6, 2014 at 07:24 pm
Unfortunately they don't have a date for when they finished putting in the tolls but at $677,500Read More collected for one year that is less then 200 cars per day or less then 100 rounds trips in which they collected. That number of vehicles seems very low.
Dennis June 6, 2014 at 09:26 pm
$5 million to put up cameras and transponder readers??? Someone lined their pockets on that one!!! IRead More gotta get on the state milk machine before it runs dry!!!
islandgirl1 June 7, 2014 at 02:00 pm
5 mil for some scaffolding & cameras. I don't know why I am surprised.
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electrik Mike June 4, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Almost Summer and the Winter sand, salt and debris still hasn't been swept off the bridge just likeRead More they did with the old Sakonnet Bridge. As others have said, combine RIBTA and DOT into a more streamlined efficient operation, save money and may get more accomplished.
Bee June 5, 2014 at 06:44 am
Wow, more complaints, really? The people's voices have been heard. Many have worked hard for thisRead More outcome. I, for one, am thankful.
Bee June 5, 2014 at 06:45 am
But I do have to agree with Costanza's comment about HealthSource RI!!
First Lady Michelle Obama was in North Kingstown on Monday during a keel laying ceremony in Quonset. (Photo: The White House)
solomon June 3, 2014 at 09:17 pm
bet there was a buffet
lee bourke June 4, 2014 at 08:46 am
When having a choice of being right or kind always choose being kind.....a pollyanna/
nagaer June 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
Even though the Obama administration has been a disaster for the United States, at least be civilRead More and respectful.
A winter moth, which officials say can devastate tree populations. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture
JD May 29, 2014 at 11:12 am
it'd be great to get a little more information. does keeping the lights out at night, in winter,Read More help to keep them away from your house? i noticed hundreds of moths outside last winter, attracted to our deck light, and now our beech is barely breathing. would putting one of those blue light "bzzzt" bug zappers help, or just attract even more? does putting a sticky ring around the trunk of your tree work? i'd read that some people have had success with that as the caterpillars hatch in the ground and climb up the tree before they start attacking the leaves. introducing another non-native species to an area just sounds like a recipe for disaster. see cane toads in australia. shouldn't we have identified and prepared for this trend years ago? classic american approach...wait until after the disaster and then react, because preparation is "too expensive."
David May 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm
send the GA members to your house. They can suck the life blood out of anything
Bricker June 3, 2014 at 03:47 pm
The moths lay their eggs on the tree in the winter. Larvae start out by eating the bud and thenRead More become caterpillars that resemble inch worms. The caterpillar then eats the leaf. There are tree services that can spray your plants. I used Schwartz tree the past two years and they saved my maple trees.
Concerned Resident June 4, 2014 at 10:50 am
daveb, you must be furious because the budget proposal does not include removing the pell toll. ohRead More wait you do not use the pell bridge so truth be told you do not care. me me me.
Concerned Resident June 6, 2014 at 08:30 am
rayb and davidb, was you that said there would not be any tax increase as a result of sak tollRead More elimination? Is it you that said that all tolls should be eliminated. was it you that said any tax increases will result in the defeat of you representatives? did you hear or read that there will be fee and tax hikes to eliminate the sak toll? did you hear that the pell bridge remains? I am sure that newport residents are pleased that they will have to pay more. do you care? based on your efforts it is obvious that as part of the me me me group you do not care, individuals such as you self just don't get it as you contribute towards the decline of ri. just want to say thanks for essentially screwing many residents for your self-interests but then again, you just don't care. thanks for nothing!
Concerned Resident June 6, 2014 at 08:42 am
rayb and davidb, was you that said there would not be any tax increase as a result of sak tollRead More elimination? Is it you that said that all tolls should be eliminated. was it you that said any tax increases will result in the defeat of you representatives? did you hear or read that there will be fee and tax hikes to eliminate the sak toll? did you hear that the pell toll remains? I am sure that newport residents are pleased that they will have to pay more. do you care? based on your efforts it is obvious that as part of the me me me group you do not care, individuals such as you self just don't get it as you contribute towards the decline of ri. just want to say thanks for essentially screwing many residents for your self-interests but then again, you just don't care. thanks for nothing!
Ray Berberick May 10, 2014 at 03:14 pm
Here is an analogy. The state has a budget of $8.5 billion dollars. There are 1,050,000 people inRead More the state. That equates to the state spending $7809 per person per year. The funds to be raised is $800 million over ten years. That is $80 per person per year. So the bills cause the state to spend $80 per person per year (from the $7809 per person per year) on infrastructure. Or try this analogy: It is like moving money you spend on cable, cell phones, pizza, restaurants and movies to fix the roof.
William F Horan May 10, 2014 at 06:02 pm
Good over view but missing the impotent point that the Sakonnet River Bridge had a shortened lifeRead More due to poor and actually postpones & even cancelled maintenance cycles. One that comes to mind is pulling the money for Airport terminal expansion et al. Hence part of the total picture is a better understanding for all of the management and companion implementation of life cycle maintenance on ALL the bridges and roads in RI. Yes, the tactics and strategies employed for life cycle maintenance of roads and bridges was and is still lacking. What the present discussion / focus has been on is enlarging the so called revenue stream (Smith Hill Speak for ripping off more funds and commingling into the general fund) where it supports the largeness of a totalitarian socialism ever expanding octopus. That is part of this discussion must be what happens to ALL the sources of funds that were collected by government for roads & bridges and what happens to that money along the way (classic RI shrinkage and sharing a taste) . That is unless proven otherwise the majority of funds is co mingled and rebadged with a companion rob Peter to pay Paul mentality. SO again management of the finical revenue stream and management of the actual life cycle maintenance was and is lackikng and I do not see evidence of a unified & integrated plan that identifies and protects tax payer and rate payer monies). We are now climbing the first hill and just over the top I fear is yet another hill looking more like a mountain. Finally lacking a better discipline and transparency I do not see RI getting its hands around this issue. Please keep in mind that the printing press at the fiat debt based FRS and even its computer based digital credit / money will shortly have run its course. Again it will take much more that higher taxes and user fees to resolve this very big problem. Historically here in RI additional funds has generally been squandered by redirection of sizable funds with remaining funds suffering poor management & equally questionable implementation.
Ray Berberick May 10, 2014 at 06:53 pm
@William: Your points came up in the Infrastructure Commission meetings. A lot of the testimonyRead More from Mr. Lewis himself painted the right picture. He told the GA what was needed and the GA responded. He himself said that with the $800 million or so, the state would go from worst to first in infrastructure. In 10 years, after all the bridges and state roads were up to snuff, then he would cycle into a proactive maintenance plan which you know is less expensive that what we have been doing. Sure a lot can happen in the next ten years, but we have a very decent solution to a very large problem.
Tom Badger May 8, 2014 at 03:15 pm
While the RI General Assembly DemocRATs steal your gas tax money that goes in their General / SlushRead More Fund lol .
amusedinri May 8, 2014 at 05:17 pm
The new Federal Transportation Bill will allow states to put tolls on any highways they so chose.Read More RITBA will wait and see how that plays out. America's Cup Toll Booth? RI/Conn border? Mass/RI border? The possibilities are endless.
Tom Badger May 8, 2014 at 06:34 pm
amusedinri : even if it doesn't move the Democrats will tax it more .
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