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By STEVEN FRIAS Currently, Rhode Island pays International Game Technology (IGT) over $50 million a year for products and services to the Rhode Island Lottery. Recently, Gov. Gina Raimondo agreed to extend IGT's contract with the Lottery for an more
By STEVEN FRIAS Recently, Twin River, Rhode Island's casino operator, has experienced a run of bad luck. With the opening of Encore Boston Harbor, Twin River suffered a 34 percent decline in table-game revenues and a 17 percent decline in video slot more
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
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 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 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
“Have you met Victor? You’ll have to meet him,” WPRI-TV reporter Kim Kalunian asked Saturday morning. It was early, 5:17 to be exact. She filled me in quickly. Victor Colella, 96, recently … more
By NICHOLAS MATTIELLO During the month of May, the attention of the General Assembly necessarily turns to the passage of a balanced budget. It is an important undertaking and one that impacts nearly every citizen in Rhode Island. Next month I will update more
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