The Scoop: Harrop Courts Latino Vote; Green Infrastructure Grant
Friday, October 25, 2013
Providence Republican mayoral candidate Daniel Harrop—who recently called out the Rhode Island Republican Party over its failure to reach out to Hispanics—today announced that he will hold a fundraiser at Mi Guatemala, which is located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Providence.
Earlier this month, GoLocal reported Harrop's displeasure with the RIGOP over lack of Hispanic outreach, as well as its stance on immigration.
“The RIGOP is going to make no significant headway in the General Assembly without picking up some seats in the urban core in Rhode Island,” Harrop told GoLocal.
Harrop also told GoLocal that the RIGOP's poor handling of the topic of immigration has hurt the party's standing amongst Hispanics. “We are losing generations of new voters in failing to support immigration reform, as Ronald Reagan did,” Harrop told GoLocal.
Harrop's fundraiser will take place on Thursday, November 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mi Guatemala, 1049 Atwells Ave., Providence. Any donations will be accepted, but organizers are asking for $20 per person.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/DanHarrop?fref=ts
Further Hispanic Outreach
Aside from announcing his fundraiser via Facebook earlier today, Harrop is also currently promoting the Roosevelt Society's "Engaging Latinos in Your Community & Political Organizations," which is being held next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wyndham Gardens hotel in Providence.
The event features Paulo Sibaja of the Leadership Institute in Washington DC, which trains conservatives in campaigns, fundraising grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications.
The gathering will center around how to effectively and respectfully engage the Hispanic population in community and/or political efforts. The event will feature seminars on public speaking, public policy, economics, education, and faith.
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EPA Chief announces new green infrastructure grants to help RI invest in clean water.
This afternoon, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and other state and local officials to announce a new $75,000 "green infrastructure" investment to support Rhode Island's efforts to reduce water pollution.
“Investing in green infrastructure pays off for our environment and our economy. It reduces water pollution and energy consumption. It creates jobs and boosts local economic activity,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “And these investments help local communities build resilient systems to protect from severe storms, floods, and other impacts of climate change.”
“Through supporting the design and building of ‘green infrastructure’ to address the detrimental effects of stormwater runoff, Rhode Island will be able to improve efforts to protect local streams and rivers, as well as our beautiful coastline,” Chafee said. “In addition, the project will help raise public awareness of the innovative solutions available to reduce flooding and stormwater pollution.”
EPA’s assistance will support the design and construction of up to four projects in the Providence metro area to showcase what green infrastructure actually is, how it works, and raise awareness of the challenges associated with stormwater management. Ultimately, the projects will help protect Narragansett Bay, as well as local streams and rivers from the type of dirty water and even raw sewage overflow caused by heavy rainfalls.
Green infrastructure uses natural and constructed features to remove contaminants, reduce the intensity of the runoff, and treat stormwater in a way that mimics nature. Polluted runoff – or stormwater – is one of the nation’s most challenging and widespread sources of continuing water quality problems.
In order to remedy this, green infrastructure techniques use vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls. By weaving natural processes into developed infrastructure, GI/LID provides not only stormwater management, but also flood mitigation, air quality management, and much more.
Defense industry trade group calls on Rhode Island to beef up its cybersecurity.
A Rhode Island-based defense industry trade group is urging the state to expand its defense resources by developing a Maritime Cybersecurity Center.
The proposal was unveiled at yesterday’s meeting of the Rhode Island Defense Economy Planning Commission, which is tasked with coming up with ways to improve the local defense sector.
"We had an extremely informative meeting in which the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance detailed a very intriguing proposal for the development of a Maritime Cybersecurity Center for Rhode Island,” said Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth), who co-chairs the commission.
“This would be a public-private partnership that takes advantage of our state's great military and defense industry resources and would potentially involve our academic institutions, the State Police and our National Guard in protecting the security of computers and technology utilized by the military and defense contractors. I believe this is certainly an idea worth exploring and would be beneficial to our state. We already have excellent cybersecurity programs in place and this would involve expanding those resources by obtaining significant federal funds that may be available," Gallison added.
The commission's next meeting will take place in January. Members of the state's federal delegation will be invited to attend, Gallison told GoLocal.
Rhode Island receives federal research grant to assist military and overseas citizen voters.
Rhode Island has received a $50,000 grant from the Federal Voting Assistance Program to provide military personnel with online access to blank ballots.
Rhode Island, along with Idaho, Kentucky, Nevada and Texas are recipients of the second round of grants for the Effective Absentee Systems for Elections 2 (EASE 2) research grant program.
The EASE 2 grants fund two research areas:
- The development and effect of online blank ballot delivery tools.
- The establishment and effect of a single point of contact in a State election office for the transmission of election materials.
Rhode Island will enhance its current online system where military and overseas voters from Rhode Island will be able to access their blank ballot via online systems. These updated systems will be available prior to the States’ primary election in 2014.
“I am pleased to be able to provide online blank ballot access through this enhanced system, which will make the voting process easier for military personnel and overseas voters, said Secretary of State Ralph Mollis. "Everyone should have the opportunity to vote, and feel their voice has been heard.”
The EASE 2 research grant program awarded a total of $10,531,898.00.
This effort is sponsored by the Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). The content of the information does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government; and no official Government endorsement should be inferred.
Health Care Workshops
Rep. Cicilline to host health care workshop.
U.S. Congressman David Cicilline will host a workshop for Rhode Island small businesses tomorrow to provide information about the opportunities available though the Affordable Care Act.
I’m looking forward to joining members of my office staff, representatives from HealthSource RI, and federal agencies to answer questions and provide more information about the benefits of health care reform," said Cicilline.
This workshop will be held at the East Providence Public Library, 41 Grove Avenue from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cicilline's office will also be holding additional workshops for young people and uninsured families in the coming weeks.
For more information, call Cicilline's Pawtucket office at 729-5600.
Revenue & Caseload Estimating Conference schedule posted.
The Revenue & Caseload Estimating Conference has scheduled four days of public meetings, beginning Monday, October 28, and concluding Friday, November 8. All meetings will be held in Room 35 of the State House.
Bi-annually, in May and November, the conference principals (State Budget Officer, Senate Fiscal Advisor, House Fiscal Advisor) must reach a consensus on what the state general revenues and caseload expenses are estimated to be for the current fiscal year and the budget year. The General Assembly and the budget office use these projections to prepare the budget.
The meeting schedule:
- Monday, October 28, 9 a.m. – Testimony from the Department of Human Services and Executive Office of Health and Human Services on cash assistance and medical caseloads.
- Friday, November 1, 9 a.m. – Economic Overview and Testimony. U.S. and RI economic forecasts, Moody’s Economy.com, Chris Lafakis, economist; RI labor market conditions, Department of Labor and Training, Donna Murray, Assistant Director, Labor Market Information Unit; Consensus Economic Forecast.
- Friday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. – Testimony on unclaimed property, Office of the General Treasurer; historic structures tax credits, Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission; motion picture production tax credits, RI Film and Television Office; lottery receipts, Department of Revenue, Division of Lottery.
- Monday, November 4, 9 a.m. – Caseload Estimate and Testimony. Tax collections, Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, David Sullivan, State Tax Administrator.
- Friday, November 8, 9 a.m. – Revenue Estimate.
The detailed meeting agenda is available on the General Assembly web site at : http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/OMN/WorkingGroup.pdf.
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