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Raimondo belies Republican juggernaut as Rhode Island’s governor

WASHINGTON - Democrat Gina Raimondo focused her campaign for Rhode Island’s governorship on turning around the New England state’s ailing economy by reviving factories...

Raimondo elected Rhode Island governor after pension overhaul

PROVIDENCE - Gina M. Raimondo became the first Democrat elected governor in Rhode Island since 1992, overcoming opposition from government workers for her role...
GINA M. RAIMONDO'S victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary for governor of Rhode Island is seen on the national scene as a defeat for the public employee unions that opposed her candidacy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

National perspective: Raimondo win a defeat for R.I. unions

WASHINGTON - R.I. General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, who helped push through changes to the struggling employee retirement system, won the Democratic nomination to...

States to increase spending at slowest pace since recession

WASHINGTON – U.S. states are set to increase spending at the slowest pace since the recession ended five years ago, reflecting wariness about the...

Chafee, other governors look to Colo.’s experience with legal pot

(Corrected, 2:49 p.m.) WASHINGTON – Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper has a firm answer to other U.S. governors asking him about marijuana as source of revenue:...

States’ revenue not keeping up with costs, report says

WASHINGTON – U.S. state revenue isn’t rising fast enough to keep up with the cost of funding pensions, health care and public works projects,...
Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest in front of a McDonald's Corp. billboard on the street in Los Angeles, Calif., ratcheting up pressure on the industry to raise wages. California is one of several states set to raise the lowest legal hourly wage above the rate of $7.25 an hour set by Congress. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

No waiting for Obama as states front run U.S. on minimum...

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is pushing to raise the U.S. minimum wage higher than $7.25 an hour – the rate it’s been for...
FEWER U.S. state economies improved during the first three months of the year and a measure of gains in their health rose at half the rate at the end of last year. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS

States’ economies stall in BEES index amid U.S. slowdown

WASHINGTON - Fewer U.S. state economies improved during the first three months of the year and a measure of gains in their health rose...

State tax revenue rise slowest since mid-2010

ALBANY – U.S. state tax collections rose during the last three months of 2011 at the slowest pace in a year and a half,...

Few U.S. cities recoup jobs as economy rebounds from recession

WASHINGTON - While business and consumer spending are helping revive the U.S. economy, less than 10 percent of metropolitan areas have recouped all the...
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