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By STEVEN FRIAS Every month, Rhode Islanders pay a 911 fee on their phone bills, but most of the funds raised by this fee do not go to the E-911 system. Instead, every year, millions in 911 fees are diverted to pay for other expenses in the budget. For more
As we begin our 2019 legislative session, I want to give the people of Cranston an overview of what they can expect from their House of Representatives this year. Before doing so, however, I wish to sincerely thank two key groups - the voters of more
By STEVE FRIAS In search of more revenues, the General Assembly recently enacted legislation requiring more companies to collect Rhode Island's seven percent sales tax on items ordered on the internet. This legislation is a result of a 2018 U.S. Supreme more
By NICHOLAS MATTIELLO Curbing the opioid epidemic is one of the most significant public health challenges facing Rhode Island and the nation today. A Washington Post investigation recently reported that Rhode Island was one of the first places in the more
By STEVEN FRIAS Rhode Island is a unique state with unusual scandals. Last week, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello declared he did not know what to cut in Rhode Island's $9.97 billion state budget. Shortly afterwards, it was revealed that buried in next more
By NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO I am proud that the General Assembly adopted a pro-business, pro-consumer budget that reflects our commitment to operate within our state's means. We are fully funding the essential programs we provide to our citizens, more
By STEVEN FRIAS An old adage is to avoid discussing politics and religion. A debate on abortion usually entangles both politics and religion, which is why even politicians may try to avoid it. Therefore, some were surprised when for the first time in a more
By NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO I'd like to share some thoughts on the Rhode Island budget as we begin winding down our legislative session that began five months ago. Every citizen is impacted by the state budget in some way. It helps fund public education, more
By MERI R. KENNEDY Bulky waste pickup During the month of March, the city's Department of Public Works offers residents an opportunity to have bulky waste items picked up free of charge, with certain restrictions. Residents must call Waste Management at more
By MERI R. KENNEDY Tree Planting Program The city of Cranston has announced its 2019 Neighborhood Tree Planting Program, which is free to all eligible property owners. The program is being offered through the Rhode Island Tree Council. An information more
By MERI R. KENNEDY Academic Decathlon seeking volunteers Rhode Island Academic Decathlon is actively recruiting volunteers for its state competition, to be held Sunday, March 10, at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick. Volunteers will more
By STEVEN FRIAS After the election, the state Department of Education released the results of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS), which mirrors the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The results revealed that only more
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