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Healthiest Employers see rewards in many ways

Companies interested in effectively helping employees lead healthier lives are taking a more active role, oftentimes by making wellness programs more convenient. That is...
OF DEBT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Rhode Island ranked next to the bottom of a list of the states with the highest average student-loan debt for Class of 2017 graduates, presenting a significant impediment to the state’s economic future. 
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High student debt is impediment to R.I.’s future economic health

The latest student-debt rankings put Rhode Island near the top – and not in a good way.According to LendEDU, an online student lending tool,...
DOING THE RIGHT THING? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is proposing an expansion of the Rhode Island Promise college scholarship program. The major question is, will the General Assembly support the proposal?
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This promise delivers for future of R.I. and its students

Can lightning strike twice? If the bolt of energy is a new, expanded version of the Rhode Island Promise college scholarship program, let us...

Historic preservation tax credits need rebirth in 2019

Despite years of rehabilitation of former industrial mills in Rhode Island, there are still some just waiting for rebirth. And none seems to be...
FEEDING A NEED: The recent removal of the requirement that certain food trucks register in every municipality they operate in has the potential to grow the sector, with events such as this 2016 Food Truck Friday in Roger Williams Park happening in more places across the state. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Is simplifying R.I. regulatory approach finally happening?

Over-regulation is a top-of-mind complaint from nearly any businessperson, nowhere more so than in Rhode Island, where the topic has been targeted as one...

Job, economy growth in R.I. are good signs

Two recent economic reports would seem to indicate that Rhode Island is moving in a positive direction.The state’s monthly jobs report for June said...

R.I.’s past includes a significant flavor of Chinese immigration

Thanks to a Brown University faculty and graduate student project titled “Providence’s Chinatown,” the region has been reacquainted with a significant, if small, piece...
BUILDING A PARTNERSHIP: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced the creation of a postsecondary job-training program to be based in Woonsocket, with Larry J. Merlo-led CVS Health as one of the industry partners. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO; COURTESY CVS HEALTH

New Woonsocket training center grand idea but needs more detail

Building on the success of the Westerly Education Center, which through industry partnerships (and funding) has helped train more than 1,000 postsecondary students for...
SPREADING OPPORTUNITY: Donald J. Farish succeeded in expanding the benefits of higher education to an increasingly diverse student population. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/­RUPERT WHITELEY

Farish leaves legacy of inclusion and value of education in R.I.

Rhode Island lost more than a passionate and articulate advocate for the value of higher education when Donald J, Farish died recently at the...

Consider economic rankings carefully before drawing conclusions

At best, national rankings of state business friendliness can help elected officials consider public-policy initiatives.For instance, after being hammered for years on the matter,...
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