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Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee proposed an $8.5 billion fiscal 2015 budget on Wednesday that freezes tuition at public colleges and extends the state historic-tax-credit program. Chafee delivered the budget proposal along with his final State-of-the-State address that focused on education and infrastructure. more
Rhode Island officials are poised to make two of the largest investments in downtown Providence parking and mass-transit infrastructure in years. more
About 800,000 people have signed up for private health plans through Obamacare in January, pushing total enrollment to 3 million as negative perceptions about the program give way to more practical needs. more
BOSTON – Massachusetts added 10,300 jobs in December, posting a total unemployment rate of 7 percent, the Mass. Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported. The unemployment rate was up 0.3 of a percentage point from the December 2012 rate of 6.7 percent. more
BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick says his fiscal 2015 budget proposal supports job-growth priorities and works to close the so-called “achievement gap” in education. more
The verdict was nearly unanimous at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill: The new federal “ability to repay” and “qualified mortgage” regulations that took effect Jan. 10 will make obtaining credit tougher, not easier, this year, and potentially force large numbers of credit-worthy homebuyers to defer or cancel their plans. more
Restoring 225 acres of abandoned U.S. Navy property spanning three communities turned out to be too large and complicated for a single redevelopment project. more
The Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the selection of the first 20 registered marijuana dispensaries on Friday, including two in Bristol County. more
A decade ago, supporters of burying the India Point power lines in Providence would have balked at waiting until the end of 2014 for a detailed cost estimate of the multimillion dollar project. more
The numbers of affected consumers are as yet impossible to predict, but mortgage credit experts warn that the recent massive data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers could have significant side impacts on some real estate transactions in the coming months, as damaged credit files depress scores and jeopardize loan applications and home sales. more
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