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Rhode Island political news: August 2022

Regular updates about Rhode Island politics and political leaders.

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McKee signs legislation dedicating $250m to affordable housing for low-income R.I. residents

R.I. Housing Secretary Josh Saal said the funds could spur housing that includes social services, expanding options for seniors, persons with disabilities, and persons experiencing homelessness.

RI BUSINESS

R.I. reaches $1.8m settlement with gas companies over contamination

The settlement from Chevron, Irving, and Valero will go toward emergency response and ongoing remediation of contamination by methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE.

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Man faces charges after allegedly driving around Providence with woman on the hood of his car

A Rhode Island man is facing charges after he allegedly drove around Providence with a woman stuck on the hood of his vehicle.

RI POLITICS

Former R.I. State Police superintendent claims Senate candidate ‘stalked’ and ‘bullied’ his wife

Smithfield Councilman David Tikoian, a former State Police major, calls claims "grossly inaccurate" and says he and family have been victims of "intimidation, harassment, and threats" by Steven O’Donnell.

RI BUSINESS

Rhode Island business news: August 2022

Regular updates from Rhode Island business leaders and industry experts.

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A new Democratic Super PAC is getting ready to hit Allan Fung

Bright Future RI is backing Democrat Seth Magaziner for Congress, but its goal is to target Republican Fung, the former Cranston mayor who is garnering national attention.

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Pryor would use state treasurer’s office to address economy, tax policy

On the Rhode Island Report podcast, the former Rhode Island commerce secretary said the state should consider slashing its 7 percent sales tax rate.

RI Crime

R.I. man who forced five women into prostitution for a decade pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Ronald Hall used force, threats, and coercion to traffic five victims across seven states — including Massachusetts and Rhode Island — to engage in prostitution

RI POLITICS

In R.I., 31 of 39 cities and towns will vote on recreational marijuana sales

On Nov. 8, voters from Bristol to Burrillville, Westerly to Woonsocket, will vote on whether to allow adult-use marijuana shops in those municipalities.

RI BUSINESS

McKee proposes $3.8m to help most at risk afford expected electricity rate increases this winter

The Office of Energy Resources proposes using the state’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funds, which could help defray — but not entirely offset — the expected rate increase for as many as 39,000 low-income electricity customers.