Latest Rhode Island state government News

Report: Pedestrian fatalities in Rhode Island have dropped

Nov. 18, 2019 10:15 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pedestrian fatalities in Rhode Island have dropped since 2017, bucking the national trend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal pedestrian crashes in Rhode Island have decreased from 21 in 2017 to five so far in 2019. A Rhode Island Department of...

Rhode Island gains jobs, and unemployment rate holds steady

Nov. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State labor officials say Rhode Island gained 2,400 jobs from September to October and the unemployment rate held steady. The state Department of Labor and Training says the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in October was 505,800, up 2,400 jobs from the revised September job count....

Rhode Island governor promises to increase housing supply

Nov. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced her plan to make construction of new homes a priority as the state joins its neighbors at a “tipping point” of high housing costs. The Providence Journal reports Raimondo has not committed to any specific policy for dealing...

Bill would generate millions in funding for S New England

Nov. 15, 2019 2:49 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A coalition of U.S. representatives from New England has introduced legislation to establish Rhode Island and surrounding counties in Massachusetts and Connecticut as a federal regional commission. Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline says such a designation will allow...

Rhode Island releases annual school accountability scores

Nov. 14, 2019 2:53 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island school officials have released their annual schools report card. The state Department of Education’s school accountability results released Thursday rate schools on a star system, with five being the top ranking and one being the lowest. The ratings are based on...

Tuition increases approved at Rhode Island colleges

Nov. 14, 2019 10:15 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Students at Rhode Island’s three state colleges could be paying more in tuition next fall following a vote by state education officials. WJAR-TV reports the proposal would boost tuition $438 per year at the University of Rhode Island for in-state students; $681 a year for...

Rhode Island says Pawtucket violated public record law

Nov. 14, 2019 8:51 AM EST

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general’s office says Pawtucket violated the state’s public record slaw by refusing to release police officers’ hometowns to a member of a nonpartisan group promoting transparency. Special Assistant Attorney General Sean Lyness gave...

Rhode Island state worker charged with solicitation of minor

Nov. 13, 2019 11:26 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Department of Human Services employee has been charged with sending “indecent sexual material” to a minor. Denis Lopes was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and electronically disseminating indecent material...

Municipalities sue over new public employee contracts law

Nov. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sixteen Rhode Island municipalities announced Tuesday they're suing the governor and legislative leaders over a new law that automatically extends expired municipal worker and teacher contracts. The municipalities said they're suing the Democratic governor, House speaker and Senate...

Many Rhode Island state pensions exceed 6 figures

Nov. 12, 2019 11:31 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some retired state workers in Rhode Island have been collecting pensions that exceed six figures while the state retirement system is underfunded, and cost-of-living adjustments have been frozen. The Providence Journal reports that a cost-cutting overhaul passed in the General...