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Melo bills eye college savings, accountability of politicians

Melo bills eye college savings, accountability of politicians

EAST PROVIDENCE — Rep. Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64, East Providence) is the lead sponsor on a pair of bills in the House with financial ramifications for the public and his fellow politicians. Rep. Melo is proposing one piece of legislation to provide a bit more of a break for families saving for their children’s college

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House passes Rep. Melo’s e-cigarette legislation

EAST PROVIDENCE — A bill limiting the sale of electronic cigarettes backed by Rep. Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64, East Providence) received near unanimous support from the House of Representatives earlier this week. Rep. Melo’s legislation would make the selling of e-cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 illegal. It would set criminal penalties for


East Providence Rep. Melo talks Finance resignation, speaker swap

EAST PROVIDENCE — Having sufficient time to digest the goings-on of the last several days, Representative Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64, East Providence) earlier this week offered up his first public comments on the happenings that led him to step away from his lofty position as the Rhode Island House Committee on Finance chairman, a move


East Providence pol, House Finance chair Melo previews 2014 legislative session

EAST PROVIDENCE — On the eve of a new session, State Representative Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64) discussed some of the most pressing matters the General Assembly and his House Committee on Finance, specifically, faces as the year 2014 looms. “The No. 1 thing we’re going to be looking at are jobs and the economy in

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Letter: Chairman Melo questions the appointment of Mancuso as Higher Ed Commissioner

EAST PROVIDENCE — In a pointed Letter to the Editor to run in the July 25 edition of The East Providence Post, Rep. Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64, East Providence) questioned both Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s decision to appoint Eva Mancuso as the new Commissioner of the State Board of Higher Education and the process behind. The

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East Providence Rep. Melo comments of House passage of 2014 state budget

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 52-20 Wednesday, June 26, to approve an $8.2 billion 2014 state budget bill that includes no tax or fee increases, contains numerous economic development initiatives, fully funds the implementation of the school funding formula, adds funding to higher education and provides additional funding for cities and

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East Providence Rep. Melo gives early approval of governor’s budget proposal

PROVIDENCE — Governor Lincoln Chafee, Wednesday, Jan. 16, introduced an $8.17 billion budget, key to which would reduce Rhode Island’s corporate tax rate over a period of three years and hopefully make it the lowest among the New England states while also giving some much needed additional assistance to municipalities. Gov. Chafee’s proposal would slash

Sen. Daniel DaPonte (far right) presented EPHS softball coach Rob Traverse (far left) along with seniors Lindsee Allienello, Lauren Discuillo and Lucianna Medici (middle, left to right) with $6,000 in grant money towards the renovation of their high school diamond.

East Providence High softball field project gets more grant money

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School softball field renovation project, directed under the auspices of head coach Rob Traverse, received yet another significant boost from the state when Sen. Daniel DaPonte and Rep. Helio Melo provided an additional $6,000 in grant dollars from the General Assembly. Sen. DaPonte delivered the check to Coach

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