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Rhode Island is considering lightening the student loan burden for entrepreneurs because debt can halt startup growth, the Wall Street Journal reported. more
Movies filmed in Massachusetts collected big money under the Bay State’s film tax credit even when they flopped at the box office, the Boston Business Journal reported. more
A report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council highlights Rhode Island and three other states as models of effective pension reform. more
Improving the U.S. health care system requires encouraging low-value doctors and hospitals to practice as well as high-value ones do. The gap between the two is wide, but that only shows how much room we have for improvement. more
PROVIDENCE – U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is seeking to boost federal investments in upgrading the water and wastewater infrastructure, funds that would have a direct impact on Rhode Island. more
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week that Rhode Island’s farmland was the second-most expensive in the U.S., Bloomberg News reported. more
BOSTON – Fall River and New Bedford were among 21 communities awarded grants by Attorney General Martha Coakley to encourage the rehabilitation of distressed properties. more
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education has classified 20 schools in 16 school districts plus four charter public schools as “commended,” the highest possible classification. more
After more than five years in receivership and more than $4.1 million spent to support the efforts of Special Master Jonathan N. Savage to keep Landmark Medical Center financially afloat, state regulators are scheduled to reach a decision on Oct. 28 on the bid by Prime Healthcare Services of Ontario, Calif., to buy the struggling hospital. more
It’s called “upselling” – steering home-mortgage applicants into higher-cost terms that increase the lender’s profits – and it was rampant during the housing boom years. It worked like this: Rather than putting borrowers into loans at the lowest rates and fees for which they were qualified, loan officers convinced them to sign up for more expensive ones. Loan officers who successfully squeezed more juice, or profit, out of their applicants got extra pay for doing so. more
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