WOONSOCKET â€“ The Budget Commission on Friday will consider asking the Rhode Island Department of Education for an advance of some $12 million in state aid from fiscal 2014 so the city can meet payrolls in July and satisfy other bills, including a $4.8 million debt service payment.
If approved, this would be the second year in a row that the commission has asked RIDE for an aid advance to ease through a fast-approaching cash crunch. Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce says the window is closing on other options.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The owner of the cityâ€™s only cab company says a tax on taxi fares imposed by lawmakers last year has resulted in a loss of business, increased red tape and customer dissatisfaction.
â€śTaxi drivers survive on tips and what my drivers are telling me is that those tips donâ€™t exist anymore because of this sales tax on taxi services,â€ť said Bill Legare, owner of
Valley Transportation on Front Street.