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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is going all in on tax cuts as a Republican gubernatorial candidate. Not content to simply match the $100 million tax-cut plan of his GOP primary opponent Ken Block, Fung is going bigger, and more conservative, with a $200 million package of cuts meant to stimulate the economy. more
When President Barack Obama visits Rhode Island later this month, he will dine on local and regional cuisine created by one of the state’s top chefs. more
The Governor’s Workforce Board is conducting a comprehensive survey of employers as summer winds to a close as part of its work on the state’s second Biennial Employment and Training Plan. more
U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. James R. Langevin on Thursday announced $772,000 in federal grant funding for safety, training and communications equipment upgrades in the Warwick and Johnston fire departments. more
As a result of the state’s early repayment of its federal unemployment insurance loan, Rhode Island businesses will save $95 million in federal UI tax payments and interest through 2016, according to data released Tuesday by R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Charles J. Fogarty. more
Rhode Island has one of the best processes in the country for predicting how much revenue the state will bring in, making it more likely that the state will have a reliable estimate on which to build its budget, according to a report released Friday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. more
In a case brought before U.S. District Court, Foxwoods Resort Casino has refused to pay three customers who claim the casino owes them nearly $1.2 million in winnings plus damages, The Day reported Monday. more
GTECH S.p.A. announced Monday that U.S. authorities have approved early termination of the required antitrust waiting period related to GTECH’s pending acquisition of Las Vegas-based International Game Technology Inc. more
In 2014, the General Assembly considered new legislation to address environmental and land-use regulation in the state. Some of the new laws that passed follow in the footsteps of last year’s efforts to minimize the impacts of regulation, environmental and otherwise, on business. Such efforts continue to be important and critical to our economic growth. more
The cost of arson in Rhode Island comes to millions of dollars each year, and the loss affects everyone through higher insurance premiums and higher taxes. The worst consequences, however, are not financial, but personal. Arson is a dangerous crime that devastates victims emotionally, financially and sometimes through injury or loss of life. more
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