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Bill aims to close polls statewide at 8 p.m.

May 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A bill that would require polling places across the state to close at 8 p.m., one hour earlier than the current 9 p.m. shut-off, won passage in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
The bill, introduced by Republican Sen. David Bates also calls for polls in Lincoln, North Smithfield and Woonsocket to open at 7 a.m. instead of the current 8 a.m. It passed out of the committee with only two negative votes.
An identical bill authored by Pawtucket Rep. J. Patrick O’Neill has been heard by the House Judiciary Committee and is being studied.

Concerned about bankruptcy, Grebien proposes lowering car tax exemption

May 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Declaring it necessary in “saving Pawtucket from bankruptcy,” Mayor Donald R. Grebien has proposed a budget for the new fiscal year that won't involve an increase in property taxes but will instead derive needed revenue from motor vehicle taxes.
At a press conference held on Friday at City Hall, Grebien outlined the highlights of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 that he has submitted to the City Council for consideration. The $198 million budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.

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