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PRIMARY INVESTMENT: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has made investments in people, such as through the Real Jobs Rhode Island program, a signature of her administration. Above, Megan Cortesi and Jeremy Demers learn how industrial systems handle liquids at the Westerly Education Center.
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As always, it’s all about people when it comes to the...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo understands that the best and most long-lasting investment is in people. From the Real Jobs Rhode Island program, to Rhode...

Ruggerio plan a jump-start to progress?

What to do when local concerns stand in the way of a bigger picture?Such is the case of Hope Point tower, which is expected...

Health care answers slow in coming

Since many employers pay for health care for their workers, the ever-increasing costs of that fringe benefit are putting the squeeze on and have...
PILING ON: Proposed legislation could add significantly to municipal debt, which three years ago stood at $5.6 billion and has only gone up since then.

Proposed firefighter overtime rules should be a nonstarter

Rhode Island ranks as the highest-spending state in the nation in terms of fire protection, according to the most recent Rhode Island Public Expenditure...
A NEW WAY TO COPE: Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos and Ethan, a patient at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Atlanta, examine My Special Aflac Duck, a product created by Sproutel Inc. to help children cope with cancer. The company has received a Rhode Island Innovation Voucher. 
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Innovation Vouchers bring ROI that pays big dividends for R.I.

It bears repetition, but investment today is a very important part of economic growth in the future.That is by far the most important lens...

Beards confirm what we know in R.I.

The recent announcement that two Providence chefs have been named finalists in the 2019 James Beard Awards program is validation of what Rhode Islanders...
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Former Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah A. Gist was greeted as a change agent before she left the position after six years on the job, many of them under fire from entrenched interests in the state’s education ­community.
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The more things change, the more they remain the same

“I have been greatly impressed by energy and passion for reforming and improving education,” said the state Board of Regents chairman.“She is a...

There is still value in the liberal arts

Infosys President Ravi Kumar delivered a double-shot of good news recently.First off, the company has created 100 of its planned 500 workers at the...
A BETTER WAY: Capital Good Fund founder and CEO Andy Posner, left, discusses strategies to help clients understand and deal with personal finance issues with loan officers Ellie Parada, center, and Roxana ­Mercado. 
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Capital Good Fund finds success helping those who need it most

A decade ago, a Brown University graduate student hatched an idea to help Rhode Islanders with low incomes deal with the difficult financial realities...

Disruption hurts but is good for R.I.

While you may not be familiar with Joseph Schumpeter, we all are familiar with the economic forces he recognized and gave a name to.“Creative...
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