State of the State RI

Guests: Al Benson, Political Observer and Commentator
Fred Gralinski, President – Central Coventry Fire Department
Host: Richard August Time: 30 minutes
Gralinskji describes the dynamic set of conditions that led to the Central Coventry Fire District entering into receivership. He identified a bloated union contract, excessive use of debit cards by firefighters, no co-pay of health insurance and excessive overtime as the leading factors. Scheduling changes have been made but other conditions leave the Department still $4 million in debt. Benson addresses the North Kingstown situation where scheduling changes were made, which led to a legal challenge. North Kingston prevailed in the Court case and this victory seems to have led to proposed intervention by the general assembly, which aims to take away municipal management rights. Fire service costs continue to increase in other municipalities.

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State of the State is a public access television show produced in Rhode Island. Its purpose is to promote, in a non-partisan manner, the civic awareness of the general public; to promote greater civic participation and the exercise of political citizenship…


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State of the State is a public access television show produced in Rhode Island. Its purpose is to promote, in a non-partisan manner, the civic awareness of the general public; to promote greater civic participation and the exercise of political citizenship by using the television show as a means to educate and to inform the public.

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