Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The local school district's share of state aid would be cut again — what do you think?
As part of his $8.17 billion state budget proposal, Gov. Lincoln Chafee's suggested formula for state aid to public schools would reduce the payment to Bristol-Warren School District by about $740,000. The reduction is part of a 10-year program of reducing state aid to districts with lower enrollments or fewer numbers of low-income students than other communities, the Providence Journal reported. In fiscal 2012, the two-town district collected $17,832,370 in state aid; Chafee is proposing a line item of $17,092,785 for the next fiscal year. Bristol and Warren provide a combined $33.4 million toward the local school department. Last year, Warren officials cited the loss in state aid and the continuing economic downturn for their vote to …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Let Bristol and Warren readers know where the bells will ring tomorrow.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The following was provided by the Office of Gov. Chafee on Thursday, Dec. 20. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has declared Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 – the one-week anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT – a "Day of Mourning" in the State of Rhode Island. [In Bristol, two churches have scheduled nighttime prayer vigils for Friday night. Click here to read more.] To honor the memory of the 26 victims who lost their lives in the shootings, Chafee has also called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 am on that day and has asked that buildings, which have the ability, ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each life that was taken. "The past week has been one of great pain for the community of Newtown…
Friday, September 14, 2012
The video, produced by a Chafee staffer on his own time, included the url to the governor’s state website.
A video made to announce Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month has been removed from YouTube following a complaint by a blogger for Rhode Island Patch sites. The video – which featured audio from speeches by Pres. Obama and Gov. Chafee – had ended with a list of references, including “www.gov.ri.gov.” Blogger Rene Lafayette wrote, "This is a clear violation of partisan, political use of publicly funded resources," in a blog posted on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Christine Hunsinger, Chafee's spokeswoman, said Thursday the video was made by James Alvarez, who works in the governor's communications office. He "volunteered to do it on his own time and used his own computer," …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Caleb Chafee, son of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, appeared in court today on the charge of violating the state's Social Host Law.
Caleb Chafee, 18, the son of Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, was sentenced today in Washington County District Court on the charge of violating the state's social host law. Chafee pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to perform 30 hours of community service, as well as pay a $500 fine, reports "The Providence Journal." The governor's son must also write an essay and visit Rhode Island Hospital. Chafee was charged with violating the social host law after a graduation party in Exeter on May 28. State Police began investigating after a "highly intoxicated" 18-year-old woman was found walking along Route 102 after apparently leaving the party. This is the second incident in the past year in which Chafee has been involved …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Gov. Chafee Monday said all state offices must recognize out-of-state same sex marriages and that R.I. pass marriage equality.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order recognizing out-of-state same sex marriages Monday, reported the Providence Journal. RI Future broke the story Monday morning and reported Monday afternoon that at a press conference Monday afternoon, Chafee said “Let’s get there ourselves. This is the home of Roger Williams. Come on, let’s go.” The state General Assembly passes a law last June allowing for same sex civil union, but for many in the gay community that isn't enough. “While this moves us closer to full marriage equality, nothing less is sufficient, and we will keep fighting," said Ray Sullivan of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, in a press release. According to RI Future's Bob Plain, Chafee is talking to members of the General …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is hosting a 'holiday tree' lighting next week, despite objections.
Holiday tree or Christmas tree? Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is calling the 17-foot spruce tree that will be lit inside the Statehouse rotunda a "holiday tree," even though the General Assembly passed a resolution calling it a "Christmas tree" earlier this year. According to The Providence Journal, the governor is defending his use of the term, saying it honors Rhode Island's heritage as a refuge for religious tolerance three centuries ago. Some state lawmakers criticize his position, and an Associated Press story on the issue has been picked up across the country. News outlets such as The Washington Post, MSNBC and the Huffington Post have all run with the story. The governor is inviting all Rhode Islanders to join him and his wife …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Vote in our poll and share thoughts in the comments section.
Rhode Islanders are just days away from seeing a legislative proposal that would overhaul the state's pension system, creating a whole new retirement plan for public workers that, according to the Associated Press, would include raising retirement ages and halting any cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. After years of living under a broken pension plan, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Providence Journal on Thursday that he thinks all of Rhode Island's taxpayers — even those who don't work as government employees — should "share" the "sacrifice" in fixing the system that so many Rhode Island community and state employees, and school teachers, depend on. While no tax increase is anticipated in the proposal that comes out next week, Chafee …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Weigh in on this hot-button issue.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Hundreds of Rhode Islanders gathered at the State House this week to protest Gov. Lincoln Chafee's backing of a plan that gives undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. According to The Providence Journal, Chafee states that the plan, which was voted upon by the Board of Governors for Higher Education last week, will “improve the intellectual and cultural life of our state while strengthening our work force and helping our economy” by helping “more Rhode Islanders to go on to college.” Those who disagree are calling for Chafee to be impeached and blasting him for trying to turn Rhode Island into a "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants, according to an AP report. In that report, Keith Anderson, a teacher at …