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How long does House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello want to remain Rhode Island’s most powerful lawmaker? He might not be having his “Sandlot,” moment, but he isn’t planning to pack his bags anytime soon.
Speaking to reporters after wrapping up another grueling budget season Saturday afternoon, the Cranston Democrat said he wants to stay long enough to ensure his plan to eliminate the car tax is completed.
But he didn’t stop there.
“And then maybe a little bit more because I want to make sure that it’s cemented in place and that nobody can undo it because there’s always pressure on it and there’s always attacks on it,” Mattiello said.
Under current law, the car tax would be fully phased out by the 2023-24 fiscal year. That means Mattiello would need to win reelection to both his House seat and the leadership post at least two more times just to get to the finish line. Given the ambitions of his colleagues and progressives always working to move the room to the left, it won’t be easy.
Even if he called it quits in 2024, Mattiello would already be one of the longest-serving speakers in the history the state. But he would need to stay in office for quite a while to catch Harry F. Curvin, the former Pawtucket lawmaker whose record streak as speaker spanned from 1941 until 1964.
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• The biggest unanswered question left in the legislative session is whether the House and Senate can come to terms on a bill that would extend the statute of limitations to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits. My colleague Amanda Milkovits explores why the two chambers are still divided on the issue.
• Dozens of journalists will join the honor guard at the funeral service for legendary WJAR investigative reporter Jim Taricani on Thursday morning. Dyana Koelsch, Taricani’s longtime friend and colleague, said it will be a “show of strength” in support of the First Amendment.
• Media news: Mike Stanton, a veteran investigative reporter and author of “The Prince of Providence,” has been selected as one of the Globe’s Spotlight Fellows.
• Providence has tapped veteran school administrator Dorothy Smith as its acting school superintendent to replace Christopher Maher when he steps away Friday. The district still plans to hire an interim school chief in July and will then begin the search process for a permanent superintendent.
WHAT’S ON TAP TODAY
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• A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University is set to release a report on Providence schools at a Council on Elementary and Secondary Education meeting tonight, and it’s expected to be scathing. For a primer, make sure you read my story on the city’s education challenges from earlier this month.
• The Senate still hasn’t scheduled its vote on the state budget, but that timeline could be set later today. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on a bill that would require college police at each of the three state schools to carry firearms.
• The Providence External Review Authority, a public panel tasked with policing the police in the capital city, is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. at 444 Westminster St. Here’s the agenda.
• Looking ahead, Rhode Island progressives have scheduled presidential debate watch parties for both Wednesday and Thursday at the Wild Colonial Tavern. The organizers, former state representatives David Segal and Aaron Regunberg, say they are trying to convince liberal activists to support both US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders rather than picking sides too early.
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