State plans to build new courthouse

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by Joseph Gresser

Governor Phil Scott tucked a little something into his 2020 budget address that may have a long-lasting impact on Newport.  While he did not say it in so many words, the state plans to build a new courthouse somewhere in the city, and hopes the project will spur private development.

Around halfway through the speech he delivered to the Legislature on January 21, the Governor said, “After setbacks caused by the EB-5 fraud, the city of Newport is now poised for a once-in-a-generation redevelopment.  They’ve done a lot of thoughtful planning, investing in their downtown and leveraging the outdoor economy.”

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