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Hotel tax collections in Rhode Island increased year over year in May for the first time since January, climbing 17.5 percent to $270,851 from $230,579 in May 2013, the R.I. Department of Revenue reported Tuesday. more
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has awarded a $53 million contract to nonprofit health care agency Healthcentric Advisors, the federally designated Quality Improvement Organization for Rhode Island. more
The main trust fund behind Medicare, the $583 billion U.S. health program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2030, four years later than projected last year, the government reported. more
Although the R.I. Department of Labor and Training is more commonly known for delivering unemployment benefits than placing people in jobs, expanded and continuing programming targeted to help people find work – along with two policy changes – are expected to help move those who are without a job off the unemployment rolls sooner, Director Charles J. Fogarty said. more
PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council last week announced six recipients of $445,092 in Rhode Island Collaborative Research Grants. more
BOSTON – The Mass. Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development last week said that the state added 3,700 jobs in June, edging the total unemployment down 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.5 percent from the May rate. more
BOSTON – More than 50 Massachusetts cities and towns will receive more than $27 million in federal Community Development Block Grants to support housing rehabilitations, public service projects and local infrastructure. more
Like innovation districts and farm-to-table restaurants, municipal broadband networks are trending. more
Rhode Island’s average hotel occupancy rate for May increased 4.7 percent over last May, exceeding the 3.6 percent rate for New England, and tourism experts say new and trusted marketing strategies, and pent-up demand are the reason. more
Phil West spent years working to shine a light on corruption in Rhode Island government as the leader of Common Cause. Collaborating with others determined to dislodge the structure of favoritism and self-serving deals by legislators and other government leaders, West saw some things change. more
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