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Winds Of Change On City Council?

May 21st, 2015 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

There’s Bill Finch, Joe Ganim and Mary-Jane Foster, Howard Gardner and Charlie Coviello too running for mayor on the Democratic side. Enrique Torres is a Republican mayoral candidate. Okay, what about the City Council?

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Finch Fumed After Tax Break Rejection By City Council, Castillo: No Harm, No Foul

May 20th, 2015 · 110 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning

City government and politics can sometimes be a contact sport when passions run high, but things got a little too physical two weeks ago, according to several City Council members, after the legislative body torpedoed a tax abatement deal advanced by Mayor Bill Finch. Councilman Bob Halstead, a Finch critic, declared at the start of […]

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City Hall And OATS, General Lee Tells Council To Be Budget Maneaters

May 19th, 2015 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee often encourages City Council members to eat their OATs–open, accountable, transparent–while reviewing the city budget. In his latest address to the council Monday night, Lee suggests they coulda cut the budget they approved recently. From Lee: The budget for the 2015-16 that the Mayor presented to you in a […]

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City Council To Vote On Police, NAGE Union Agreements

May 17th, 2015 · No Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

UPDATE: Council approved contracts. The City Council Monday night will vote to approve the bargaining unit agreements with Police Union Local 1159 and National Association of Government Employees Local RI-200. The council will also vote on an ordinance to amend regulations on the operation of dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motor-driven cycles or mini-cycles.

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City Council Approves Budget, No Tax Increase

May 11th, 2015 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

The City Council Monday night by an 18-2 vote approved the no-tax-increase budget proposed by Mayor Bill Finch in a municipal election year. Councilors Enrique Torres and Bob Halstead voted against the budget.

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City Council Committee Approves Budget–McCarthy: No Tax Increase

May 9th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Budget, City Council

UPDATE: The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Friday night approved the majority of Mayor Bill Finch’s no-tax-increase spending plan adding $1 million for reading and math interventionists and nurses at every school, according to City Council President Tom McCarthy. Generally what’s concluded in committee is a done deal in what has been a quiet […]

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Ganim: Tax Deals Crippling City

May 5th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Former Mayor Joe Ganim issued a statement on his Facebook page following the City Council rejecting a compromise tax abatement proposal for the second phase of an ambitious, mixed-income housing development on the East Side. Ganim writes:

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City Council Rejects Tax Break, Plus: Lee On Budget: ‘Half Truths Of Padding, Ghost Employees And Half Stories’

May 5th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Update: votes against. In a rare vote against Mayor Bill Finch Monday night the City Council torpedoed a proposed tax break for a developer. Prior to the council meeting citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee, considering a run for City Council, addressed the legislative and budget body as a whole Monday night, “the last chance […]

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