State Government Press Releases

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02/16/2017
Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today hosted representatives from Rhode Island's small business community, local banks, and credit unions to announce "Bank Local" a community deposit program, moving millions of dollars in state deposits to local banks and credit unions to encourage...
02/06/2017
Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today will meet with Timothy J. Sloan, CEO of Wells Fargo to demand answers following revelations that thousands of Wells Fargo employees illegally opened accounts for bank customers without their permission, charging additional fees to customers and...
01/25/2017
The state's pension fund earned more than $530 million in investment gains in 2016, the most in the past three years, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner told members of the State Investment Commission at their monthly meeting this morning. The state's 7.4% net return beat its internal benchmark...
01/23/2017
Amid growing concerns over what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) described as "systemically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment" Navient Corp., the nation's largest student loan servicer, is seeking to block a shareholder proposal - filed by Rhode Island...
01/18/2017
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced that it is suing Navient Corporation –the nation's largest servicer of student loans– for "systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment." "If these allegations are true, Navient's behavior is as...
01/11/2017
Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced the launch of the "Rhode Island's ABLE" program, which allows Rhode Islanders living with disabilities and their families to save for disability related expenses without sacrificing their eligibility for federal disability assistance...
01/05/2017
The U.S. Department of Labor last week issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 which reinforces the validity and importance of investors' engagement with companies in their portfolio. "My office is actively engaging with companies in our portfolio to reign in excessive executive pay, promote...
12/20/2016
Citing a record number of student loan defaults, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner has filed a shareholder proposal with Navient Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVI) asking the student loan servicer to conduct a comprehensive review of the company's ability to adequately serve customers in, or at risk of,...
11/30/2016
General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today sent Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin a letter regarding the critical need to maintain protections established in the wake of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession. "Rhode Islanders cannot afford another financial...
11/28/2016
State Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced that the Rhode Island pension fund will be joining concerned shareholders of energy companies ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Exxon Mobile (NYSE: XOM), Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) in co-filing a proposal requiring the corporations to...