Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in RI Politics?

Every Friday, Dan Lawlor breaks down who’s rising and who’s falling in the world of Rhode Island politics. Check out who made the lists this week. HOT Representatives Ruggiero, Gallison, Craven, Serpa, and Trillo - How can we attract business to Rhode Island? This group of legislators offers a bill to eliminate the minimum corporate income …

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Brett Smiley Unveils “Jobs & Economic Development Plan”

Smiley Releasing Jobs & Economic Development Plan

Brett Smiley today unveiled his comprehensive plan to create jobs and grow the Providence economy. Smiley’s plan promises to make Providence an attractive place to start or grow a business by changing the way City Hall interacts with the business community, focusing on the following seven areas: 1)    Making city government work for business.  2)    …

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Brett Smiley: Create a new program for Providence loans

A few weeks ago, my friend Robin Squibb told me about her attempts to get a loan for her business, Granny Squibb’s Iced Tea, through the Providence Economic Development Partnership. Asking for just $50,000 turned into a 15-month process in which Robin had to keep reaching out to people she knew to gain insight into …

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Brett Smiley’s Guns & Ammunition Tax Bill Gains Widespread Support in the General Assembly

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In the month since Brett Smiley introduced his Guns and Ammunition Tax Bill to the Rhode Island General Assembly, eleven Senators and Representatives have signed on as sponsors. The list of sponsors includes Senators Goldin, Metts, DaPonte, Pichardo, Miller, and Crowley as well as Representatives Cimini, Almeida, Ajello, Williams and Handy. Smiley commented, “It’s great …

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Smiley proposes Office of Strategic Partnerships

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) — Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley announced on Friday a proposal for the creation of the Providence Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP). Smiley, the former chairman of Providence Water Supply Board, is aiming to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors to bring new funds to the city. In a …

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Brett Smiley Proposes Creation of a Providence Office of Strategic Partnerships


Brett Smiley today unveiled the second piece of his economic development plan: his proposal to create an Office of Strategic Partnerships in Providence in order to create and promote public-private partnerships between the city, private foundations and the vibrant non-profit sector. This approach has been employed in both Denver and Los Angeles to find additional …

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Brett Smiley Calls for Major Reforms to the PEDP

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Smiley proposes taking politics out of loan-making decisions through the creation of a new, independent loan program. Brett Smiley today released the first piece of his economic development plan for Providence: reforming the structure of the Providence Economic Development Partnership by moving its revolving loan functions into a new, independent program. This puts the loan-making …

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Can Rhode Island Lead the Way on Guns?

In early February, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley, who is running in the Democratic primary but currently holds no elected position, submitted a bill to the Rhode Island General Assembly with the help of State Senator Gayle Goldin and State Representative Maria Cimini that, if passed, would impose a ten percent sales tax on all …

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