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The R.I. Senate on Tuesday unveiled an action plan, called “Rhode to Work,” intended to spur legislation that will tackle Rhode Island’s jobs crisis. more
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
(Updated, Jan. 22, 10:02 a.m.) Between 5 and 10 inches of snow covered most of the state Wednesday morning after the overnight accumulation from Winter Storm Janus caused a number of public offices to change their hours and forced transportation delays in Rhode Island. more
In 2013, a graduate student discovered a flaw in a spreadsheet, renewing the debate about austerity and debt. Emerging economies tanked, and Bitcoin boomed. In the U.S., unemployment fell and the Federal Reserve started to scale back its bond-buying program. Research focused on inequality and jobs gap between the highly skilled and everyone else. The Affordable Care Act began. more
The R.I. Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Narragansett Indian Tribe has been harmed by the state opening table games at Twin River Casino and allowed the tribe’s lawsuit against the gambling expansion to proceed. more
As is too often the case, this year’s General Assembly session starts off with the state projecting a significant budget deficit in the coming fiscal year. What is of much greater import than what the legislature does directly on the budget, however, is what it does on these three issues: pension reform, 38 Studios and bridge tolls. more
It would be a stretch to say that Thayer Street in Providence’s College Hill neighborhood and Main Street in Woonsocket are two peas in a pod. more
Created to generate potential solutions to the Sakonnet River Bridge tolling controversy, the East Bay Bridge Commission – which is due to make recommendations in less than a month – should take this opportunity to deal comprehensively with all of the state’s transportation infrastructure needs. more
Bank Rhode Island collected more than 665 gifts for local kids during its 16th annual “Holiday Giving Tree” program held in November and December last year. more
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced last week the permanent protection of 31 acres of forest in Hopkinton. more
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