The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island (LWVRI) today is urging all Rhode Island voters to APPROVE Referendum #1, the $250 million bond issue that will support public school construction and renovation. Jane Koster, President of the LWVRI stated "This is an urgent need for every district in the state. We need to provide warm, dry and safe schools for every Rhode Island student and facilities that give all our students equal educational opportunities."
She added that the Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 corrected several outstanding problems with the previous method of financing new construction and renovation of public schools. The Budget legislation called for local maintenance plans and commitments, and a state and local partnership in funding rather than the former method of state reimbursements only after the local project was completed.
This bond issue will maintain a State participation level that reflects the local government's ability to finance which helps ensure that all students have equal access to well-equipped and maintained schools.
The League of Women Voters of Newport County has selected Loren Deveau as the recipient of the 2018 Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award. The award will be presented on December 6th at a wine and cheese reception to be held at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., Newport from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Details are available here.
A video from the Barrington Candidates Forum on October 16th is available here.
Wednesday, October 17th, 5:30 PM for East Providence at the Martin Middle School, 111 Brown St. See the flyer here.
A video from the Warren Forum on October 23rd is available here.
A video from the Bristol Forum on October 30th is available here.
Read the press release for the October 4th forum which was held at the Portsmouth Town Hall from 5:30 to 6:00 PM.
The Alliance for a Livable Newport is sponsoring the following candidates forums in Newport:
School Committee Candidates on Tuesday, October 16 from 6-7:30 PM at the Pell School Auditorium, 35 Dexter St, Newport
At-Large City Council Candidates on Thursday, October 18 from 6-7:30 PM at the Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport
1st and 2nd Ward City Council Candidates on Tuesday, October 23 from 6-7:30 PM at the Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport
10:00 Registration and Refreshments: Welcome all LWVRI members
10:30 Call to Order & Credentials Report: Delegates include: Presidents of each local League or an alternate; one delegate chosen by each local League; the Board of Directors of LWVRI; and one delegate representing the members-at-large.
Adoption of Agenda
Budget Committee Report
Nominating Committee Report
Review of Positions
Issues for emphasis
11:30 Voting: Officers, Board Members, Budget, Adoption of Positions
Local League announcements and reports
Directions to the Board
12:30 League Connect: A forum with League members participating in an exchange of ideas and views on the future of the League.
Panelists: Steven Brown, Executive Director, RI ACLU; John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI; and Susan Taylor, Immigration Lawyer
The issue of immigrants is a broad and complicated national issue, but one that also directly affects each and every one of us in Rhode Island.
Our panelists spoke on this overall theme and discussed recent developments - the Trump Administration's plans to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census, the debate over so-called sanctuary cities, the fate of Dreamers under President Trump's repeal of the DACA program, the controversy over drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants and other related public policy issues.
Many think of the Census as only involving redistricting at the congressional, state, and local level. It is also critically important in the distribution of funding to Rhode Island and localities for federal assistance programs in the amount of over $3 billion. Meanwhile, the national debates over sanctuary cities, DACA and other immigration issues resonate strongly in Rhode Island, a state with large immigrant communities.
RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner spoke at League Day at the State House on April 3, 2018. His focus was the new school upgrade plan coming out of Governor Raimondo's Rhode Island School Building Task Force that Magaziner co-chaired.
Agenda for Tuesday April 3rd at the Governor's Reception Room
3 P.M. Social Hour - Meet and Greet - Outside the Governor's Reception Room
4 P.M. League Program
5 P.M. RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner speaks to the League
This event was held Saturday, April 7th, 1-3pm at THE BABCOCK-SMITH HOUSE, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, RI 02891. Click here for all the details.
Patty MacLeish, LWVRI Communications Director, was feted at a luncheon on February 12th. Patty has been a member of the board since 2009 and has served as the editor of The Voter and was involved in the establishment of the League's Facebook presence and with the redesign of this website. Patty was also part of the committee that partnered with the Preservation Society of Newport County for celebrations of the 90th and 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. She was also a board member of the LWV Newport County. Patty is moving to Cooperstown NY, where she and her husband lived for 20 years before moving to Newport.
Many League members joined other women from throughout the region for the 2018 Women's March. All who were there were impressed by the speakers and the enthusiasm of the participants. Here are some photos.