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Some economists think the pandemic-fueled national recession lasted just two months,...

The National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee on July 19 said the pandemic-fueled national recession lasted just two months, ending in...

Were state lawmakers right to significantly boost funding for a motion...

The new state budget includes a $10 million boost for film tax credits, raising the total annual budget for the program to $30 million. The...

Is it fair to fire employees who refuse to return to...

Is a potential workplace conflict brewing between some employers and workers unwilling to let go of remote work schedules? A recent national survey by Digital.com...

Will new state mandates for equal pay for women and minorities...

The General Assembly has approved legislation mandating equal pay for women and minorities by updating the Equal Pay Act of 1963. The legislation, which is...

Is the increased $250,000 threshold for state taxation of Paycheck Protection...

State lawmakers are poised to approve a $13.1 billion fiscal 2022 state budget that includes a provision backed by Gov. Daniel J. McKee that...
NAME CHANGE? T.F. Green Airport operators say declining passenger traffic is partially due to lack of familiarity with the airport outside the local area. They’d like to see a name change but state lawmakers have been unable to agree on what that should be. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Did state lawmakers make the right choice in the renaming of...

A three-year effort to rebrand Rhode Island's largest airport finally came to fruition on June 16, when it was officially renamed Rhode Island T.F....

Should Rhode Island join other states in offering financial or promotional...

Some states almost seem to be competing to see who can offer the best deals or biggest cash prizes to get more people vaccinated...
TWO BEATS: Rep. Raymond A. Hull, a commanding officer in the Providence Police Department’s Public Housing Unit, says it can be a lot of work to get up to speed on crucial measures before making an informed decision. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should Rhode Island explore alternatives to a part-time General Assembly?

Nine states have part-time legislatures that are similar to Rhode Island’s, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Four others have part-time lawmakers with...

Are you satisfied with the state’s response to the tens of...

During the height of the pandemic, the state was getting 1,000 fraudulent unemployment claims a day. The Rhode Island State Police recently told PBN...

Is it fair to require only some businesses to get proof...

All businesses in the state can now operate at full capacity and masks will only be required in certain circumstances. Masks will still be required...

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