Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: September 28, 2011

Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 is considering the creation of a special class of driver’s permits specifically for illegal immigrants.  This announcement follows the Board of Governors for Higher Education’s vote to approve a policy which qualifies illegal immigrants for in-state tuition. Chafee said his goal is to help aliens rise above their status and make a life for themselves. Chafee is consulting officials in Utah, a state that has already created special driving privilege cards for illegal immigrants.

Supporters of the state’s medical marijuana program gathered at the State House on Tuesday to display their frustration with Governor Chafee ’75 P’14. Three care centers were selected to receive licenses to distribute medical marijuana in March, but Chafee has yet to issue these licenses. After the centers were selected, the Governor received a letter from U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha, warning that if he authorized the licenses, the businesses and those affiliated could be prosecuted . The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Commission has been discussing the possibility of using the courts to force Chafee to issue the licenses.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority voted Tuesday to approve proposed service cuts. This proposal is a part of RIPTA’s attempts to remedy a budget crisis that the group attributes to decreased revenue from the gasoline tax and from past years. Public transit advocates and those inconvenienced by the cuts suggested that the governor and the legislature should help RIPTA attain solvency.

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