Category Archives: Jim Hummel

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

Hummel Report: A Matter of Trust

Hummel Report: A Matter of Trust

Legislation that would abolish the Smithfield Land Trust – introduced by the same representative who helped create it two decades ago – has ignited a heated debate in town, where two longtime residents say the trust paid nearly a million dollars to political “insiders’’ to protect land that couldn’t have be developed anyway. The longtime chairwoman of the trust says everything was done by the book, under the direction of multiple town councils. Jim Hummel says the issue now has the attention of a statewide coalition of land trusts.MORE

Rhode Island Spotlight: Back to the Future

Rhode Island Spotlight: Back to the Future

In a city where the word `oldest’ greets visitors at nearly every turn, The Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport stakes a claim as the oldest lending library in the United States, first opening its doors in 1750. Like every library, though, The Redwood is navigating its way in a digital age, working to remain relevant and vibrant for its patrons. And that’s where the `athenaeum’ part of its name comes in. In this month’s Rhode Island Spotlight Jim Hummel takes us inside a place that is looking back and ahead at the same time.MORE

The Hummel Report – Still Empty

The Hummel Report – Still Empty

Six years ago the Rhode Island Department of Transportation used millions in federal money to buy a mammoth former printing plant in Warwick for a new materials testing lab. But DOT Director Peter Alviti put the renovation on hold in 2015 – saying the $14 million price tag for renovation was too steep. Now, as the federal government wants to know what happened to the money it invested with nothing to show for it, another high-profile state agency wants the building for its own new headquarters. This week Jim Hummel finds the plan might solve the problem for two state agencies.MORE

Hummel Report: License to Collect

Hummel Report: License to Collect

A retired police lieutenant tried unsuccessfully for five months to get a refund for a special law enforcement charity license plate that never materialized because the nonprofit pushing for it could not sign up the minimum 900 vehicle owners. This week: Jim Hummel explores why the nonprofit organization – and not the Division of Motor Vehicles – holds thousands of dollars in deposit money from motorists who want to purchase the special plates. MORE

Hummel Report: Driving Revenues

Hummel Report: Driving Revenues

Revenue from the short-term parking lot at T.F. Green Airport increased 45 percent in 2017, funded in large part by passengers using Uber and Lyft, with drivers passing along a new $6 fee to their customers, who are now required to be picked up in the short-term lot. This week: Jim Hummel talks with the ridesharing drivers, passengers and a spokesman for the airport, who says the additional fees are need to offset a steep decline in other revenue that has been siphoned off by the emergence of Uber and Lyft.MORE

Hummel Report: Hidden

Hummel Report: Hidden

For more than a decade the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has allowed a private citizen to run a non-profit museum in a state-owned building, without any public access to what’s inside. The Fort Burnside Communications and Coastal Defense Museum – in the heart of Beavertail State Park – was camouflaged during World War II to look like an innocuous farmhouse. These days it’s hidden from public access. But as a result of our investigation: that’s about to change.MORE

Rhode Island Spotlight: First Generation

Rhode Island Spotlight: First Generation

The University of Rhode Island is one of more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide working toward becoming totally tobacco-free, getting help from Rhode Island-based non-profit CVS Health Foundation, along with The American Cancer Society. This month Jim Hummel travels to ACS headquarters in Atlanta to learn more about the program- and to Kingston, where he finds out about what’s going on locally.MORE

Hummel Report – Another Set Of Eyes

Hummel Report – Another Set Of Eyes

Could Rhode Island streamline its government and save taxpayers from waste, fraud and abuse? A retired Army officer from Portsmouth is pushing state officials to follow the lead of a dozen other states and appoint an inspector general. This week he tells Jim Hummel what an IG would – and wouldn’t do – in a state where the budget has increased more than 30 percent over the past decade and 70 percent in the last 15 years.MORE

Hummel Report: Learning the Ropes

Hummel Report: Learning the Ropes

Six months ago we sat down with four freshmen lawmakers on the eve of their first General Assembly session to talk about their goals and expectations for 2017. This week, Jim Hummel circles back with each – to see what they learned, what they accomplished and what they might do differently in 2018. MORE

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