Whitehouse, Langevin, and Cicilline Lead Economic Development Administration Head on Tour of Rhode Island
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hosted the head of the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams, on a day-long tour of Rhode Island. They met with Rhode Island businesses and discussed ways that the EDA could support economic growth and job creation in the state.
On Monday, April 6, 2015, the State of Rhode Island received notification that Kent County was awarded a Non-Stafford Act Administrative Declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist the victims of the Westgate Condominium fire that destroyed 38 apartments and displaced 56 people on March 11, 2015.
The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state's 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state's hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts.
Today the Obama Administration announced the United States’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the global effort to tackle climate change. The commitment comes in advance of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, where countries from around the world will attempt to forge a new international climate agreement. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the U.S. commitment:
Governor Gina M. Raimondo today highlighted the details of her proposed School Building Authority, which will put people back to work modernizing Rhode Island schools so that our students are learning in safe, clean, warm, and dry facilities.
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that all the individuals involved in a violent home invasion in July 2014 on Forsyth Street in Providence that left two individuals injured have pleaded to their roles.
In an effort to provide early learning opportunities for children throughout the state, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced $3,298,277 in federal grant funding for two Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Rhode Island.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today announced that 25 Rhode Island communities will receive a total of $3,292,642 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Operating Fund. The money will be used to support the operation, upkeep, and management of public housing facilities across the state
"Helping students build the skills they need to succeed in a 21st century economy is one of the best investments we can make. It's investing directly in people to give them a ladder of opportunity, and it's also an economic driver for our state. My jobs budget will invest in each rung of the ladder - our schools, college affordability, and workforce training for adults." - Governor Gina M. Raimondo
Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-8 to Robert R. Moreau, a member of the Woonsocket City Council, opining that he may represent himself before the Woonsocket Board of Tax Review in order to appeal the tangible property tax assessed against a business that he owns, based upon a finding of hardship in accordance with Rhode Island General Laws § 36-14-5(e).
Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence) has submitted legislation that would give homeless veterans an edge when seeking public housing assistance. The bill would give veterans a priority for housing rental subsidy and housing retention assistance by amending the Rhode Island Housing Resource Act.
Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), elected officials, and community leaders to celebrate innovative work accomplished by four Ocean State communities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in municipal and residential buildings. The communities -- East Greenwich, North Providence, South Kingstown, and Warwick – received a $497,492 EPA grant in 2010 to establish and implement climate change initiatives.
In an effort to ensure that Rhode Islanders with disabilities and special needs have access to affordable rental housing and supportive services, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Rhode Island Housing will receive a federal boost of over $5.6 million.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an executive order strengthening municipalities for future growth and success. This order will help cities and towns reduce costs and property taxes, helping Rhode Island families and encouraging businesses to grow jobs