Category Archives: Jim Hummel

Hummel Report: A Rough Ride

Hummel Report: A Rough Ride

A multimillion-dollar project that began last spring to replace aging natural gas and water pipes in Providence has left many on the East Side navigating ripped-up roads, dodging uneven patches and wondering when work on their street will begin and end. This week, Jim Hummel hits the streets for some answers.MORE

Hummel Report: Protecting The Investment

Hummel Report: Protecting The Investment

The city’s $22-million pedestrian bridge has drawn huge crowds – and mostly rave reviews – since opening two weeks ago. But what will it look like a year from now- or five or 10? This week Jim Hummel takes a look at half a dozen other major projects the DOT completed – and in some cases transferred over maintenance responsibilities: who is stepping up, and who is dropping the ball on protecting the taxpayers’ investment?MORE

The Hummel Report: Dialing for Dollars

The Hummel Report: Dialing for Dollars

Over the past two decades Rhode Island has diverted more than $100 million in fees charged to telephone customers who were told the money was going to the Emergency 911 system. Federal officials say the state is one of the worst offenders in the country and have threatened to withhold federal funding for future 911 upgrades. This week: Jim Hummel sits down with Gov. Raimondo to ask why the state hasn’t taken any action – despite her pledge last year to support reforms. And he checks in with Speaker Nick Mattiello on a bill that would fix the problem.MORE

Hummel Report: Principle or Personal?

Hummel Report: Principle or Personal?

The Rhode Island Board of Elections has spent more than $12,000 over the past 10 months defending its decision to charge $410 to fulfill a public-records request. The board’s denial of a request to waive the fee has morphed into a first-of-its-kind lawsuit to reach Superior Court. This week, Jim Hummel takes a closer look at the issue and finds out that the meter is still running.MORE

Hummel Report – Change in Flight Plan

Hummel Report – Change in Flight Plan

A veteran pilot, town officials and a state senator are imploring the agency overseeing Block Island State Airport to restore cuts made last fall, saying the reduction in manpower is compromising service and safety. This week Jim Hummel travels to the island to get a first-hand look at what’s happening – then sits down with the head of operations and maintenance at The Rhode Island Airport Corporation for his response to the concerns on Block Island. MORE

Hummel Report: Fiscal Fallout

Hummel Report: Fiscal Fallout

Nearly three months after Democrats trounced a Republican-led Town Council on Election Day the question lingers: what is the financial future of East Greenwich? Depending on who you talk with in town: EG is on the brink of a financial disaster that can only be averted by significant structural changes – or local government is on solid footing with some challenges ahead. This week Jim Hummel sits down with some of the major players who had a front-row seat for a tumultuous 18 months at Town Hall that ended with a total flip of the council at the polls.MORE

The Hummel Report: Blurred Lines

The Hummel Report: Blurred Lines

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has helped raise more than $1 million since 2011 for local charities through its popular Pell Bridge Run and two other events. But with it has come questions about authority assets being used to promote and runs the events, high operating costs and where the donations are going. This week, Jim Hummel sits down with a longtime critic of the authority who has been trying for years to get answers, and with the authority’s executive director, who is also helping run a foundation created to oversee the events.MORE

Hummel Report – (Another) Communication Breakdown

Hummel Report – (Another) Communication Breakdown

Six years after a Hummel Report investigation found issues with taxpayer-funded cellphones for Providence City Council members, a new review finds many of the same problems. Excess minutes, directory assistance calls, data overages and the purchase of new phones often double or triple the monthly costs. The council president, who ordered his own review earlier this year, says: that’s about to change. Jim Hummel has a follow-up investigation.MORE

The Hummel Report: On The Hook

The Hummel Report: On The Hook

A town councilman whose seafood packaging business ran into deep financial trouble in 2015 left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $90,000 after defaulting on a small business loan he had taken out through the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Jim Hummel looks into what happened with that loan – and the long list of creditors who filed claims for millions of dollars when the business went into receivership.MORE

The Hummel Report – Second Chance?

The Hummel Report – Second Chance?

A former state senator who spent two years in federal prison on bank fraud charges has been working on behalf of the state judiciary over the past year as a bail commissioner, with a fee often paid in cash and no accounting from the courts. While the District Court Chief Judge who appointed him defends her decision, a Hummel Report investigation has brought a swift reaction from the communities where he has been serving and the colonel of The Rhode Island State Police.​MORE

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