The current issue of PBN includes the results of the Summer 2016 Business Survey, in which executives in companies in the Top List database are asked questions about the region’s economy and their expectations. In that vein, how do you see your company’s prospects through the rest of the year? Are you confident enough to hire more staff in 2016?
The current issue of Providence Business News looks at what efforts have been made – or should be made – to come to terms with the $5.6 billion in unfunded liabilities that cities and towns have for their pension and OPEB liabilities. Should the state insert itself into the municipal crisis and make reform a local priority through legislative action?
The recent decision by the R.I. State Police and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin not to prosecute anyone as the result of their investigation is not satisfying. Do you have confidence that the investigation was done well and without influence?
Rhode Island’s cities and towns have roughly $3.3 billion in unfunded liabilities for post-employment benefits for municipal workers. Which should municipalities do, pay for the full value of the benefits or take the money and invest in infrastructure?
The recent announcement by the R.I. Public Transit Authority that it had contracted with private security firm AlliedBarton to place uniformed and unarmed security personnel in Kennedy Plaza was greeted with a wide range of reactions. Will the added security change the perceptions of Kennedy Plaza?
The Slater Technology Fund has invested nearly $40 million in local companies since its establishment in 1996. But with no allocation from the state, it must fund operations from money that could be used for further investments. Should the state allocate money back to the fund, something it has done up until the last two fiscal years?