Monday, March 26 Threats to Elections: Should We Worry?
What are the threats to our voting process? Cam technology make our elections secure?
Robert Rapoza - Executive Director, RI State Board of Elections
Joseph Cammarano - Associate Professor of Political Science, Providence College
John Savage - An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Brown University
Place: Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St, Providence
Time: 6:30 - 7: 00 pm, reception, 7:00 - 8:00 speakers
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The Providence LWV holds regular "Providence Conversations," where guests are invited to chat informally, over dessert, with Leaguers. Recent conversations have included "Clearing the Streets of the City" with Michael Borg, Executive Director, Department of Public Works City of Providence; "Ethics: Closer to Home", with Susann Mark, Esq. Chair of Providence Ethics Commission; "DACA: From Dream to Limbo with Deportation?" with Kathy Cloutier, executive director, Dorcas International Institute; and "Revisiting State Assistance to RI Libraries" with Karen Mellor, Director, RI Office of Information and Library Services.
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Pictured at a recent Conversation: Tracy Breton, Former investigative reporter, Providence Journal; Richard Ratcliffe, Former RI Assistant Attorney General; and Grafton (Cap) Willey IV, Tax and Budget Chair, SBA Small Business Summit, and LWV moderator Joan Retsinas. The speakers were part of "Corruption in Rhode Island: Reality and Perception" one of three community discussions co-sponsored by the LWV Providence and Lippitt House Museum in March.
On September 18th the Providence LWV held its second annual fundraising tea at Blithewold in Bristol + almost chrysanthemum season. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea attended, then graciously spoke to the group and answered questions. Thank you to all that attended.
Besides the huge numbers, Mr. Da Silva pointed out structural problems in the way the State funds new school buildings and repairs. The reimbursement formula
and process are both costly and complex. A 2014 report released by the Senate in laid out the numbers and the problems, but not much changed.
As a result, in 2017 the Governor commissioned another study, and then created a Task Force
spearheaded by the Treasurer and Education Commissioner "charged with recommending specific actions to address Rhode Island's school facilities deficiencies." Although the Task Force did not succeed in finding a workable "designated funding stream," it did manage to come up with a plan to fix the other structural problems in the funding process and help municipalities manage projects in such a way that all municipalities should benefit. The Task Force's recommendations have been included in the 2019 Budget Bill.