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Morgan Follows Up on Own Grant, Finds More Flaws in System

Thursday, May 26, 2016

 

Rep. Patricia Morgan

Legislative grant critic Representative Patricia Morgan said that she uncovered an inconsistency this week in a grant she had previously received for her district in West Warwick. 

Republican Morgan said that she had requested $5000 for Monsignor DeAngelis in Fiscal Year 2014 under then-Speaker Gordon Fox, for safety improvements around the West Warwick elderly housing complex, including pedestrian signage and crosswalks, only to find out this week that the project had been paid for by other funds.

"[The state] apparently came looking for the receipts about how the money was spent, and what we discovered was that the town had used leftover Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money to pay for the [safety] project instead," said Morgan.  "I never saw the [grant] money, it went to the Manor.  I don't doubt they used it for other expenses, to help improve the quality of life there."

A review by GoLocal found that Morgan secured over $10,000 for DeAngelis Manor over a three year period; Morgan said the point of contact for Monsignor DeAngelis was in Florida this week and would be able to provide the paperwork of how the money was spent upon return.   

Pressing The Issue

Morgan has continued to press on the issue of legislative grants, saying they should be equitably distributed, memorialized in the budget, or not be there at all. 

"I've been outspoken about legislative grants.  Yes, I got some money, but I got $12,000 over six years when the Speaker took in a quarter million dollars during that time," said Morgan.  "Are there worthy causes?  Absolutely."

"There's been so much pressure on the process for a reason," said Morgan. "But the question now is, will anything come of it?"
 

 

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#11 (tie)

$6,000

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#11 (tie)

$6,000

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#11 (tie)

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#11 (tie)

$6,000

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Sponsor: House Representative Regunberg

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#10

$6,500

Rhode Island Publications Society

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#9

$6,870

Access Point RI

Cranston

Sponsor: Senate Leadership, Senator Gallo

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#8

$7,000

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Cranston

Sponsor: Speaker of the House Mattiello

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#7 (tie)

$7,500

RICAREs

Pawtucket

Sponsor: Senate Leadership

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$7,500

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Providence

Sponsor: House Representative Handy

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#6 (tie)

$8,000

Barrington Substance Abuse Task Force

Barrington

Sponsor: Senator Bates

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#6 (tie)

$8,000

Gaspee Days Committee

Warwick

Sponsor: House Representatives McNamara, Bennett, Naughton, Solomon, Shekarchi, Serpa, Trillo 

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#5 (tie)

$10,000

St. Clare Home

Newport

Sponsor: Senator Paiva Weed

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#5 (tie)

​$10,000

St. Anthony Church/Holy Family Home

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Sponsor: Senate Leadership, Senator Ruggerio, Senator Goodwin

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#5 (tie)

​$10,000

Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, Inc.

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Sponsor: Senator Ciccone, III

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#5 (tie)

​$10,000

Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, Inc. 

North Providence

Sponsor: Senator Ruggerio

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#5 (tie)

$10,000

Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage

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Sponsor: Senate Leadership, Senator DaPonte

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#5 (tie)

​$10,000

RI Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation

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Sponsor: Senator Goodwin

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#5 (tie)

​$10,000

East Providence Senior Center

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Sponsor: Senator DaPonte

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#5 (tie)

$10,000

Fruit Hill Day Services For Elderly

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Sponsor: Senator Ciccone, III

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#5 (tie)

​$10,000

Special Olympics Rhode Island

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Sponsor: Speaker of the House Mattiello

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#5 (tie)

​$10000

Billy Taylor House

Providence

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#5 (tie)

​$10,000

Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence

Providence

Sponsor: House Representative Slater

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#5 (tie)

$10,000

D'Amours Step

East Providence

Sponsor: Senator DaPonte

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#4 (tie)

$15,000

The DaVinci Center

Providence

Sponsor: House Representative DeSimone

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#4 (tie)

$15,000

Inspiring Minds

Providence

Sponsor: House Representative DeSimone

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#3

$18,000

Providence Community Library

Providence

Sponsor: House Representatives Ajello, Almeida, Blazejewski, Carnevale, DeSimone, Diaz, Hull, Lombardi, McKiernan, Palangio, Regunberg, Slater, Williams

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$20,000

The DaVinci Center

Providence

Sponsor: Senator Goodwin

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$25,000

Day One

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Sponsor: House Representatives DeSimone, Edwards, Lima, Tomasso 

 
 

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