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Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
ASSESSMENT FEE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed a fiscal 2020 budget that includes a Medicaid Employer Assessment Fee, which if approved would annually charge companies that employ 300 or more workers as much as a $1,500 penalty per employee who was not offered health insurance but then qualified for state-supported Medicaid.
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Raimondo proposes new fee to ensure employers offer health insurance

A powerful disincentive for not offering employees health care insurance is included in the proposed 2020 budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. If a...
EXPANDING BUSINESS: Anna Soares is the owner and president of Perfectly Planned, a wedding and corporate-event-planning business in Somerset. She said the business will expand into guided group tours this year.
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She takes the worry out of planning

Anna Soares likes to mind the little things and watch it all come together at the end. As owner and president of Somerset-based Perfectly Planned...
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Mari Anne Snow is the president and founder of Sophaya. The company provides leadership training for executives and companies that have remote employees.  
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Sophaya training remote workers

Any number of companies can help a small or large business with technology needs. But a business that helps them manage the employees working...
THE PROPOSED ALOFT HOTEL, at right, is expected to begin construction this year. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION

Aloft Hotel to get reduced land price, I-195 district incentives

PROVIDENCE – Citing increased construction costs, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission has agreed to cut the purchase price for the site for the $55...

Carpionato Group withdraws interest in developing I-195 land

PROVIDENCE – The Carpionato Group has withdrawn its interest in developing three parcels of land in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District, I-195 Redevelopment District...

Report: Providence apartment market has among lowest turnover in nation

PROVIDENCE – Sixty-one percent of tenants in Providence renewed their leases in 2018, a new report found, among the lowest turnover in the nation. RealPage...

Five Questions With: Kathy Forrester

Kathy Forrester recently was promoted at The Randall Family of Cos. to the position of executive vice president in charge of marketing and strategic...

Seven-story self-storage building to be constructed in Providence

PROVIDENCE – A new, seven-story storage building to be erected near Interstate 95 this year is the first project by The Hampshire Cos., a...

Learn about opportunity zones from R.I. Commerce Corp.

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. will host a workshop and conference on the Opportunity Zone program on Thursday, Feb. 21. The daylong program will...

Home on Point Judith Pond sells for $1.4M

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A house at 349 Winchester Dr., on Point Judith Pond, has sold for $1.4 million, according to RE/MAX Flagship, which had...
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