Rhode Island is an outlier when it comes to not convening legislature, not addressing the state budget, and the limited distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds
State House, Providence - Recent statements by the Speaker of the House and the Governor indicating that Rhode Island is in lock-step with our neighboring states regarding the status of our state budget, the convening of the General Assembly, and the disbursement of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, compel the Rhode Island House Republican Caucus to issue the following fact sheet demonstrating that Rhode Island is in fact an outlier:
House Minority Leader Blake A. Filippi responds to Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello regarding audit of Convention Center.
Governor Gina Raimondo just appointed Bruce Messier to the Judicial Nominating Commission as the Republican designee. The House Republican Caucus nominated six outstanding members from the minority community for consideration.
RI House Republicans Call on Governor to Follow the Law and Immediately Appoint One of Their Nominees to the Judicial Nominating
Memorial Park, Providence, RI – The Rhode Island House Republican Caucus is publically demanding that Governor Raimondo take action to appoint one of the Republican Caucus’ minority community nominees to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC).
State House, Providence, RI – Members of the Rhode Island House Republican Caucus will submit legislation to address COVID-19 mandates that have denied access to individuals in hospitals, group homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and Veterans Homes.
Blake A. Filippi is leader of the Rhode Island House Minority Caucus. Michael W. Chippendale is whip of the caucus.
Gov. Gina Raimondo is right to push for full in-person learning. Remote-learning largely does not provide an adequate education or the crucial social interaction our children need.
House Republican Caucus Calls out State Leadership Over Delayed Consideration of FY21 Budget by the General Assembly
The House Republican Caucus issues the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the Governor, Speaker of the House and President of the Senate that they will postpone the development and discussion of the FY 2021 Budget until November:
State House, Providence – Rhode Island House Republicans will immediately file legislation to address the pressing educational challenges brought on by COVID-19. The Republican plan will: 1) establish Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), which are restricted receipt accounts, funded by tax and CARES Act dollars, but managed by families, to provide additional education tools and home schooling to students in districts without in-person learning; and 2) to provide public school choice to parents of any school that fails to provide in-person learning despite a state determination it is safe to do so.
HOUSE GOP RESPONDS TO IGT/TWIN RIVER PROPOSED GAMING CONTRACT CORRESPONDENCE SENT TO RHODE ISLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
State House, Providence - Rhode Island House Republicans responded to a letter sent to members of the General Assembly by IGT/Twin River via email earlier today (7/23/20). The IGT/Twin River letter was drafted in response to an email sent to RI House and Senate membership earlier in the week by House Republicans (7/20/20), who cited concerns in the proposed gaming contract as reported by the taxpayer funded independent gaming consultant, Christiansen Capital Advisors (CCA). House Republicans have been calling for CCA to testify before the House Finance Committee since March. The taxpayer funded independent study cost $165,000 and included two visits by CCA to Rhode Island to explain their concerning findings to legislators.
House and Senate GOP Stand with Lt. Governor in Call for Immediate Release of COVID funds to Support RI Small Business and micro businesses
State House, Providence – Rhode Island House and Senate Republicans unanimously stand with Lt. Governor Dan McKee and RI small business coalitions across the state, calling on Governor Raimondo to immediately allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds to help save Rhode Island’s struggling small and micro business enterprises. An online petition has launched, urging the State to allocate at least 10% of the $125B Cares Act funding for small business grants.