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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Editorials

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. 
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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. 
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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,...

Smart incentives help seal deal

Certainly it was good news when Rubius Therapeutics Inc. announced its intention to open a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Rhode Island.It didn’t have to...
A WALL GROWS: The existing U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, is only a physical manifestation of the growing wall in the local body politic over the nation’s immigration policies and enforcement. 
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ALEJANDRO CEGARRA

In a nation of immigrants, dignity should be accorded all

While the current national conflict on the immigration front has not brought forcible parent and child breakups to our corner of southern New England,...

Action on St. Joe’s plan a good one

In hindsight, it is clear that the parties to the sale of St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island should have seen that splitting...
MAKING AN IMPRESSION: Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung has plans to reduce the state’s sales tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, paying for much of the drop in revenue by eliminating many of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s economic-development incentives. 
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Getting elected is the easy part, governing the state is hard

This week starts PBN’s series of gubernatorial candidate profiles. The collection of stories will include a Q&A format interview, as well as a sidebar...
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