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To the Editor: With just weeks left in the current state legislative session, Rhode Island lawmakers must not pass up the opportunity to act on climate change by passing two key bills. more
In the hoopla over whether Thomas Piketty’s data on growing global inequality are correct, an important question about how to address the problem has been obscured. Piketty describes his own global wealth-tax idea as more of a “useful utopia” than a practical policy suggestion. Is there anything more plausible that can be done? more
The R.I. House of Representatives early Friday morning passed an $8.7 billion state budget for fiscal 2015 that cuts some taxes, makes a payment on the 38 Studios bonds and bars communities from setting their own minimum wage. more
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted not to delay the Boston-area casino licensing process until after voters decide the question of whether the 2011 law allowing casinos in the state should be repealed, the Associated Press reported. more
The R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals recently announced that it has received a $5 million federal grant to treat and educate young adults with newly identified mental health problems, including schizophrenia. more
Ever notice a flooded street, a severe pothole or a tree downed on power lines and not known who to notify about it? It’s not serious enough for 911, and a call to a local city department or utility may take days for a response. more
With the possible exceptions of Roger Williams and coffee milk, the contributions of the smallest state to the rest of the United States often go unheralded. Maybe Gina M. Raimondo, who won Rhode Island’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, can change that. more
Cranston and Warwick are among the 50 best cities to live in, according to a survey by 24/7 Wall St. more
While still too early to tell exactly why it’s happening, the fact is, the rate of growth of health insurance premiums in Rhode Island is slowing down. more
Manufacturing has changed greatly in the past 20 years in Rhode Island. We’ve moved from a mass- production environment to a mass-customization environment and many facets of this transformation are now critical to the region’s economic vitality. Let’s take a look at how local and global influences have had an impact on the Ocean State and how the state can move forward based on what can be learned from its recent experience. more
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