RIPEC's 75th Annual Meeting: Keynote Address Delivered by Bob Woodward
PROVIDENCE R.I. (October 2018) - The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) held its 75th Annual Meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Bob Woodward, legendary journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, delivered the keynote address. Attendees also heard remarks from Governor Gina Raimondo, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, and Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello.
As part of the evening's events, RIPEC honored this year's public service award recipients, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Chief of the Providence Police Department, and Janet Coit, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Paula Twidale, Chair of the Public Service Award Selection Committee said, "The integrity and dedication to public service demonstrated by both of this year’s distinguished award recipients makes them an asset to Rhode Island, and we are proud to honor them as part of this year’s annual meeting.”
Governor Gina Raimondo and Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello were also presented with the Tax Foundation’s “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform” award at the RIPEC event. Governor Raimondo was honored for changes she proposed to Rhode Island’s unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by employers. These changes were instrumental in helping the state move from the most poorly structured UI tax system in the country to its current rank of 29th in the Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.
Speaker Mattiello was honored for his efforts to gradually phase out the burdensome and antiquated motor vehicle excise tax. Prior to Speaker Mattiello’s reforms, a 2017 study by WalletHub found that Rhode Island’s car tax was the highest in the country.
“Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) and Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello (D) not only saved money for Rhode Island taxpayers but also made the state’s tax code more efficient,” says Tax Foundation Policy Analyst Katherine Loughead, who was also present at the evening’s event. “These reforms are indicative of a thoughtful approach to enact policies that benefit businesses and individuals in Rhode Island.”
Council officers, directors and trustees were also elected at the evening's event:
Officer Elections: Mim L. Runey, LP.D., Chancellor of Johnson & Wales University, was reelected RIPEC's President; Patrick A. Rogers, Partner at Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP, was reelected RIPEC’s Vice President; James H. Hahn, Partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, was reelected Secretary; and Christopher Jackson, Tax Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, was reelected Treasurer.
Director Elections: The following 12 directors were elected, each to serve a three-year term: Tia Bush, Vice President, Site Operations, Amgen; Albert Dahlberg, Assistant Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Brown University; Sean Davies, Vice President of Operations, Quonset Point Facility, Electric Boat Corporation; Mark O. Denehy, Managing Partner, Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC; Bradford S. Dimeo, President, Dimeo Construction Company; Christopher Jackson, Partner, Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP; Keith D. Kelly, President, Citizens Bank RI, Citizens Financial Group; Thomas Lawson, Chairman and CEO, FM Global; Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO, BankRI; Sandra G. Parrillo, President and CEO, Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Company; David Proulx, Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration and Treasurer, Rhode Island School of Design; and William Wray, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Washington Trust.
New Trustees: Andrew Workman, Interim President of Roger Williams University, was newly elected to the RIPEC Board of Trustees.