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F.R. paying for feckless leadership

Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II’s decision to take a leave of absence and suspend his reelection efforts is good for that city’s...
TAKING OVER: R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green wants to boost partnerships with local businesses to help improve Providence’s beleaguered public schools. Seated next to her is Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Take the opportunity with city schools to boost future workforce

Providence public schools will undoubtedly function better and produce better-educated students five years from now, the soonest a planned state takeover will end. But...
BAD ROADS: Local communities are responsible for keeping track of their own road-repair projects. An effort in the late 1980s to ensure consistent pavement quality for local roads failed once state funding ran out. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bad roads should not be permanent part of Rhode Island experience

It’s not hard to find bad roads in Rhode Island, or any other state where winter settles. No local community is immune, though like...

Marijuana businesses need banks

BayCoast Bank is setting a much-needed standard locally with its public acceptance of deposits from businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry.The Swansea-based bank has...
OPENING FOR HACKERS? The R.I. Board of Elections is studying whether modems added to voting machines in 2016 now represent a cybersecurity risk because they transmit encrypted data over the internet.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

As hackers advance, government, businesses must stay step ahead

In the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity, technological upgrades can quickly become outdated. And no government or business can afford to think they are too...

Uncertainty on trade stalls growth

The trade war between the United States and China has been felt by most Rhode Island manufacturers, though not all in the same way.Many...
SUPPORTING STARTUPS: Many business leaders are either looking for more support from state government or less regulatory hassles, according to the results of a PBN survey asking what would most help the state produce and keep more successful startups.
 / SOURCE: PBN RESEARCH/JAMES BESSETTE

Get more invested in growing, keeping successful startups

Rhode Island has a lot to offer startups, including great quality-of-life amenities and top-tier educational and support services.But the perception has always been that...

‘Hamilton’ boosts PPAC, economy

Just how much “Hamilton” will theatergoers be willing to pay for?The Providence Performing Arts Center is betting this past summer’s sold-out, three-week run merely...

PBN survey: Businesses wary on economy

Businesses feel good about their immediate prospects but are increasingly wary of what might lie ahead for the overall economy.That’s the biggest takeaway from...
BAD FOR TAXPAYERS? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Sept. 16 said a new Small Business Development Fund approved by state lawmakers was not good for taxpayers. She supports R.I. Commerce Corp.’s plans to create rules to ensure proper oversight of tax credits approved under the program.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Tax-credit program needs strong oversight to pay off

Economic-development officials took a good step on Sept. 16 in agreeing to create clear rules ahead of the rollout of a new tax-credit program...
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