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Marijuana debate needs full airing

Last December, Statehouse Democratic leaders came out against an anticipated proposal from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults. They’d...
CHALLENGED: 
Nursing homes across the state are losing money amid the pandemic, as they fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Pictured, from left, are Bethany Home of Rhode Island employees David Briggs, director of therapy; Linda Wilson, office manager; and Elizabeth Sarro, administrator.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. nursing homes need help in daily fight for survival

COVID-19’s economic effects will last well beyond the widespread availability of vaccines for many Rhode Island businesses, with nursing homes at the top of...
Annette Tonti / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Five Questions With Annette Tonti

Annette Tonti | Managing director, RIHub 1. What is RIHub? RIHub is Rhode Island’s first “Innovation Campus.” Founded in 2019. … RIHub is a...

State must reimburse colleges now

There was plenty of understandable handwringing across the state when local colleges began developing plans to welcome students back to campus in late summer. How...
LOOKING AHEAD: Hammetts Hotel opened in Newport in June. Owners don’t expect to lay anyone off this winter. From left: General Manager Randi Milewski; Colin Kane and Sam Bradner, two owners; and Sarah Eustis, CEO of the Main Street Hospitality Group, which is managing the hotel. / PBN ARCHIVE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Winter looks bleak for hotels, but many are taking long view

Winter is coming, and while White Walkers from the long-running HBO television series “Game of Thrones” are not on the local horizon, it is...

EB crucial to healthy economy

When a major employer announces an in-person press event in the middle of a raging pandemic, you want to be there. Thankfully, the news...
IN A RUSH: 
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s administration has less than two months to disperse $900 million in pandemic-related federal aid. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ramp up R.I. pandemic aid spending where it’s needed most

It’s usually wise not to quickly spend a windfall, unless there’s a use-it-or-lose-it deadline attached to it. That’s the situation the state finds itself...

Embrace the change in House

Change is coming to the General Assembly and our advice to all of House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello’s supporters and detractors is simple: Embrace...
WAITING GAME: Local communities are growing frustrated waiting for a new state budget. Above, Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is among hundreds of city workers forced to file for unemployment one day each week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No more waiting: Time for hard decisions on the state budget

State leaders are about to finally get to work – several months too late – determining the near-term fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on...

Don’t lose edge on vaccines

While state leaders have unnecessarily delayed fiscal 2021 budget decisions, they are thankfully taking aggressive steps in preparing for the eventual availability of a...

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