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The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and the R.I. Commerce Corporation announced the relaunch of the database Tuesday for tracking business-related legislation introduced in the General Assembly. (Updated, 1:16 p.m.) more
Talk to a developer or architect about working in Providence and the difficulty of getting a permit for any project is oftentimes the first thing out of his mouth. Some recent changes at the city’s Department of Inspection and Standards may be changing all that, however. more
For all the progress made on women’s rights, one measure of inequality still stands out: Females earn less than males, even in the same occupations. Closing this gender gap will require changing the way employers think about work. more
NEW YORK – Fitch Ratings last week announced it assigned an “AA” rating to two bonds to be issued by the University of Massachusetts Building Authority on behalf of the University of Massachusetts. more
President Barack Obama recently took some heat for saying that marijuana is no worse than alcohol, and perhaps less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” more
No one likes bureaucratic red tape, but wading through it on your computer holds distinct advantages over languishing at counters and scuttling between government offices. more
In October, the Science Coalition published a study that identified 100 U.S. companies that trace their roots to federally funded university research and highlighted their role in strengthening innovation and bolstering the economy. 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
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