ARLENE VIOLET - R.I. insiders are at it again
n April 2, a state Senate committee held a session on Gov. Lincoln Chafee's bid to reinstate some $25.9 million of historic tax credits. Missing from the discussion was any mention of the towering hulk of the so-called "Superman building," whose developers are seeking at least $48 million in these tax credits. The ominous omission is reminiscent of the 38 Studios deal where the General Assembly started off talking about a $50 million Job Creation Guaranty program and boosted the amount at the 11th hour to $125 million to cover Curt Schilling's project with little input to General Assembly members.
Players like House Speaker Gordon Fox are in place pushing this private company's agenda, including lobbyists Bill Fischer, a 2012 spokesperson for the Democratic Party, and Nick Hemond, the 2012 campaign aide who along with Fischer, directed Fox's re-election in a contested race.