Friday, February 8, 2013
Motorists are asked to get off the roads as the storm intensifies. Up to 30 inches are of snow is possible in some areas.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has declared a state of emergency, as forecasted snowfall totals continue to increase. Parts of Rhode Island — including Newport — could see as much as 24 inches of snow by the time the storm abates tomorrow afternoon. Newport residents should be getting off the roads as the storm picks up steam. There is a very good chance Newport will see 2 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service, but areas from Providence and points north could potentially get 30 inches. "We have a very serious storm approaching," Chafee said. "I encourage all Rhode Islanders to take this seriously. This is a major storm. Be prepared." The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is urging motorists to get off the roads and stay …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state Department of Transportation Director Michael P. Lewis toured the new Sakonnet River Bridge with members of the media on Monday morning.
State officials were reluctant on during a project tour on Monday to pin down a price, location or even to confirm if tolls would be eventually be installed on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. What is clear is that the state must increase revenues to the state Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) by $4.3 million annually to cover existing debt service and by millions more to cover the maintenance and operations costs of the two new bridges brought under the authority's control. RITBA Director Buddy Croft did not return calls to Patch by press time on Monday and the state Department of Transportation (DOT) did not have the figures available. "There will be a public process with multiple hearings to tell how we feel," said Gov. Lincoln Chafee…
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
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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
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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 …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
At a public forum on Tuesday night held at the Jane Pickens Theater to brainstorm ideas for the revitalization of Washington Square, Governor Chafee expressed desire to "partner" in the vision.
For the Washington Square Roots Initiative (WSR), which is a collaboration of citizens and business owners, the Jane Pickens Theater is an example of their future-state vision for Washington Square: A sustainable commercial district, that is vibrant year-round. “The state of Rhode Island wants to be a partner in realizing that vision,” said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee at a public forum on Tuesday night held at the theater. The forum was held to generate public excitement and brainstorm ideas, said Kathy Staab, a WSR member and owner of the theater. As the original center for Newport’s government and commerce life, Washington Square has piqued Chafee’s interest to be included as part of the main street revitalization programs throughout …