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URI PRESIDENT David Dooley earned $426,333 in compensation from the university during 2018. Does his salary fit expectations and performance for his office? / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Is URI President David M. Dooley’s salary too large, too small...

In a field that more and more pays its chief executives for fund-raising and politics as well as more traditional administrative duties, public-university presidents...
WHAT'S THE DEAL? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo asked the Lifespan, Care New England and Brown University put together a cohesive Rhode Island medical network by the end of the summer, but so far there is no news on the case. Why is that? / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

What is taking so long for Lifespan and Care New England...

Little more than a month ago, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo urged Lifespan and Care New England to once again – complete the process of...
State Sen. William J. Conley Jr., D-East Providence, left, and state Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr., D-Warwick, introduced legislation as part of the fiscal 2020 budget that created a small business loan and tax credit program that is designed to help small businesses gain access to capital they could not get previously. The legislation was passed as part of the budget. / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Is the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund approved by the...

At the last minute of its 2019 session, the General Assembly created the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund to encourage private investment in...
GETTING A BOOST: As the 2019 session of the Rhode Island legislature comes to an end, the fiscal 2020 budget includes an expansion of potential incentives for the luxury residential Hope Point tower, to be built ON former Interstate 195 land in Providence. / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Was the R.I. House correct to raise the limit for tax...

In the last-minute rush to pass a budget for fiscal 2020, the R.I. House of Representatives threw a few curve balls, not the least...
SHOWING OFF: Beth Charlebois, co-owner of Cultivating RI, a cultivation center located in West Warwick that grows marijuana for the state’s medical-marijuana program, shows the various stages of growth. State lawmakers are expected to approve an expansion of the state's medical-marijuana program. PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Do you support expansion of Rhode Island’s medical-marijuana program?

House Democratic leaders did not support Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's proposal to allow recreational marijuana sales to adults but they do back an expansion...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND President David M. Dooley appeared before the House Finance Committee Monday in support of legislation that would create a URI board of trustees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Do you think that the University of Rhode Island should have...

University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley went before the General Assembly recently to argue that URI needs an independent board of trustees...
THE R.I. SUPREME COURT affirmed a decision that upheld Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung's pension reforms for public safety workers. The city had settled with most members of the pension plan, but a group of pension members opted out and continued litigation against the city. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Was the R.I. Supreme Court right to side with Cranston in...

Nearly three years after R.I. Superior Court ruled in favor of Cranston in its bid to sharply curtailed cost-of-living adjustments for police and firefighter...
LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: Lobbyist George Zainyeh, left, speaks with Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Gregory, center, and Robert Wheeler, owner of dog day care center Friends of Toto in Pawtucket, during the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition’s annual legislative reception at the Statehouse on March 26.  
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does Rhode Island have too many chambers of commerce?

Perhaps all you need to know to answer the question is that in a state of 1 million people and 39 municipalities, there are...
A RENDERING showing the proposed mixed-use building by DMG Investments LLC for Parcel 6. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION

What is more important to develop in the I-195 district, residential...

In its most recent public meeting, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission took up two proposals for the land left open by the movement of...
BROWN UNIVERSITY President Christina H. Paxson has taken a temporary leave from the Care New England board of directors until the state rules on the proposed Partners HealthCare-Care New England merger. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Is Lifespan’s campaign to stop the proposed Care New England-Partners HealthCare...

The news that Brown University President Christina H. Paxson had taken a leave from the Care New England board of directors was a sign...
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