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The best explanation of the U.S. government shutdown points to two factors. The first involves information, or what people think they know. The second involves incentives, or what motivates our elected representatives. more
More than half of Rhode Island civilian federal employees were sent home from work last week when Congress failed to fund the U.S. government, triggering an indefinite shutdown. more
BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick last week announced that Massachusetts has been awarded an $11.67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will expand the state’s Social Innovation Financing juvenile-justice project by providing additional success payments tied to increases in employment and reductions in recidivism. more
Newport Solar got 28 new projects this year – 27 homes and one restaurant – as a result of the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund program for small-scale solar projects. more
Deepwater Wind is making another attempt in its five-year effort to keep its five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm alive – this time with a new proposal for a cable landing site on state land at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett. more
When “Phantom of the Opera” takes the stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Nov. 27, it will be the fourth show to be produced on Weybosset Street that benefited from the tax credit enacted more than a year ago. more
Rhode Island first responders and Amtrak will hold a full-scale emergency response exercise on Saturday, Oct. 5. more
The R.I. Division of Taxation has launched a new special investigations unit to crack down on tax fraud. more
Financial conditions tightened after the first face-to-face talks between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to break the budget logjam as a partial U.S. government shutdown entered its third day. more
The R.I. Economic Development Corporation’s Enterprise Zone Council voted Oct. 1 to approve Pawtucket’s request to designate a second enterprise zone in the city, The Pawtucket Times reported. more
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