Legislative outcome: Bill passed House, 70-0, on Feb. 9; passed Senate, 30-6, on March 29; signed by Gov. Raimondo on March 30.
Zaccaria: Strongly Disagree
The rule change came on a largely party line after partisan rancor between Democratic and Republican leaders had triggered gridlock in appointing federal judges and other top level federal officials.
We need to restore their outlook in all aspects of civic life. We need to reduce our reliance on government. From my seven-year view as an outsider-turned-insider, the biggest blocks to progress are the political blocks. We need less party and union group thinking, and more independent free-thinking, men and women like the one that crowns this Capital.
My team has spent seven years reshaping state government, streamlining it, and making sure that it did not become a greater burden on our citizens.
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