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Positive outlook needed for small-business recovery

Throughout the 13-year history of PBN’s biannual business survey, owners have tended to be more positive about the future of their own companies than...

Housing gap widens in R.I.

Every down economy has winners, and right now luxury homebuilders in Rhode Island have all the work they can handle. It was not that way...

Built to last?

Are you certain your business is built to survive the pandemic? Yes: 80% We will see: 20% No: 0% What has been most essential to your business surviving...
LONG WAIT: State Democratic leaders plan to wait until after the election in November to approve a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Delaying tough budget decisions until November is self-serving

No elected official wants to make decisions that could cost people their jobs, or funding needed to carry out valued community services. Such responsibility...

Flood risk too costly to ignore

Rhode Island has so far escaped what has been a very active hurricane season, but the danger of flooding is a fact of life...
NEW USES: East Providence Mayor Roberto DaSilva says waterfront redevelopment will help the city attract more residents and visitors. He’s pictured on a public pier at the Kettle Point development. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic hasn’t stopped momentum for redevelopment in East Prov.

It’s too soon to predict the pandemic’s long-term effects on development across the state and region, but the early signs in East Providence are...

Lifespan, CNE must prove merger’s worth

If persistence were always rewarded, then Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System would see their planned merger win quick approval by the...
BUSINESS RECOVERY: Attorney John A. Dorsey, an administrator for the R.I. Judiciary’s Business Recovery Plan, says participation in the program won’t hurt a business’s credit. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. court program offers struggling businesses a lifeline

Have there been too many state and federal support programs competing for the attention of local businesses during the pandemic? That may sound crazy in...

Nonprofits are making an impact

The news is the type easily overlooked amid daily headlines reporting new COVID-19 deaths, mounting job losses and other often weighty pandemic developments. Two nonprofits...
PAST DUE: 
Property owner Ilanna Ball says she’s owed more than $25,000 in unpaid rent. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Act now to avert eviction crisis

State leaders must begin making hard, painful decisions in the coming weeks on state spending during a pandemic-induced recession, including where to direct millions...

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