Top RI Leaders’ Legislative Battles

Friday, June 14, 2013


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This time last year, the Rhode Island General Assembly had already adjourned for the summer, having finished the 2012 session in the early hours of June 13.

As of Friday, with no indication still as to when leadership will unveil their version of the state's fiscal year 2014 budget, GoLocal spoke with political and community leaders about their top priorities that remain -- with the end not yet in sight.

Besides the budget, major outstanding issues include proposals addressing economic development, and potential changes to the state's government structure; whether or not to reinstate the historic tax program, and how that might impact the redevelopment of the now-vacant Superman Building at 111 Westminster; as well as a number of education, tax, infrastructure, and workforce bills that are still tops on the lists of leaders and lobbyists. 

In the slide show below, GoLocal looks at the agendas driving the state's politicians as well as business, labor, and community groups in the sprint to the finish.

Recent History

Last month, GoLocal took a look at the "Top Ten Bills to Watch" in the final weeks of the General Assembly, following on the heels of the historic passage of gay marriage legislation.

As the final weeks stretch on, to put in context, the General Assembly took until June 30 to finish its business back in 2011, while in 2010, the date was mid-month on June 11. 

Slideshow: Thirteen Rhode Island Leaders' Legislative Battles


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