PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The Rhode Island Board of Elections dismissed contempt proceedings against two people involved in a controversial mailer in the 2016 election, but referred the case of former Speaker Mattiello campaign aide Jeff Britt to the Attorney General's office for further investigation, according to BOE Vice-Chair Steve Erickson.Erickson said the referral was for a possible violation of campaign finance law, and described it as "generally the strongest step we can take."The case revolves around a mailer sent out during the 2016 campaign by Shawna Lawton, who lost the GOP primary for state representative in Cranston's District 15, in support of Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello for the seat instead of Steve Frias, who won the GOP nomination.Britt's attorney quickly framed Tuesday's referral as politically charged, accusing Erickson of having a "political agenda.""I'm disappointed that the board of elections has chosen to follow the … [Read more...] about BOE refers former Mattiello aide to AG’s office over Lawton mailer case
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) - As state lawmakers prepare to pass the budget and wind down their session for the summer, city officials from Pawtucket are hoping House lawmakers will consider newly-proposed changes to the PawSox stadium bill.Following a budget briefing Tuesday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello told reporters he had received an amended version of the bill Friday, but hadn’t yet looked at it.Although Mattiello didn’t specify who submitted the amendment, a spokeswoman for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Lauren Greene, said the city had proposed the changes.“We believe that the framework the House released last week will work and have suggested some amendments to provide options to meet the Speaker’s request,” Greene wrote in an email. “Everyone shares the goals of protecting taxpayers and guaranteeing that the PawSox remain a vibrant Rhode Island institution for decades to come.”Late last month Mattiello voiced support for a … [Read more...] about Pawtucket pitches changes to PawSox bill; Mattiello says clock is ticking
PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello released a draft of newly proposed legislation put forth on a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium designed to lessen the state’s financial liability in the building of a new stadium along the Pawtucket River. The legislation would create a “Downtown Pawtucket Redevelopment Activity Taxes Fund,” based on a tax increment financing district, which allows the state to separate city and state taxes from the area of the district from the rest of general revenue. The funds, which would be filled by several taxes, including hotel tax, food and beverage tax, income tax and sales tax, would not be distributed to the state’s general revenue fund. Instead, the money will be used to fund debt service on bonds associated with the project. Only money from the fund will be allowed to service the debt, with the intention of protecting the state from being forced to use general revenue in the case of a project failure, or lack of … [Read more...] about Mattiello releases new proposed PawSox stadium plan with TIF district
5/29/2018 PROVIDENCE – A revised approach for the proposed new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium "that removes the risk to the state’s taxpayers," states a release, will be considered by the House Finance Committee on Thursday, May 31, at the Rise of the House (approximately 5:30 p.m.). The original legislation was predicated on an underlying state backing but revisions developed at the urging of Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, of District 15 Cranston, would remove that backing and with it the taxpayer risk, if the deal does not pay for itself. “I have been reluctant to move forward with prior versions of the deal because of the risk to the state’s taxpayers,” said Mattiello in a statement. “This alternative envisions segregating revenues generated in a new Tax Increment Financing District to ensure that revenues from the project will be directly tied to the debt payments, and the project will stand or fall on its own.” The bonds issued by the Pawtucket … [Read more...] about Mattiello supports revised PawSox stadium plan
Almost two years after he narrowly won re-election to his district seat, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello has been facing criticism for violations of state campaign finance laws related to that 2016 campaign. But despite a few public calls for his resignation as speaker – made by Republican officials – the Cranston Democrat is expected… … [Read more...] about Did election board let Mattiello off easy?