John Simmons

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An education funding formula, hailed as a breakthrough, faces its critics

For years, Rhode Island was one of just two states in the union without a funding formula for its public schools. And then, for a time, it was the only state with that dubious dis-tinction.
Fuzzy math
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 25, 2010

Car wars

As part of its effort to bring Providence into the modern era of professionalized government, the Cicilline administration wants your quarters — lots of them.
A good parking place is hard to find downtown—and with more meters, it will cost you  
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 26, 2007

Talk show titan

The topic of the day is President George W. Bush’s nationally televised speech about increasing the number of troops in Iraq — and Dan Yorke isn’t particularly pleased.
WPRO’S Dan Yorke is making waves in Rhode Island — and Cianci may be his new buddy
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 17, 2007

Former Cicilline chief of staff Mello to take GTECH post

Michael P. Mello is about to take a prime new job — as GTECH’s senior director for global government relations.
City watch
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006

Power play

After supplanting Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. almost four years ago as the 800-pound gorilla of Providence politics, Mayor David N. Cicilline continues to trumpet an agenda of civic reform and economic development.
Is Cicilline trying to remake the City Council? A department head’s incipient run against an East Side incumbent raises eyebrows
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 09, 2006