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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

Is the government shutdown a net positive or a net negative...

With the federal government shutdown having become the longest in history, it may be time to make some qualitative judgments about its effects, short...
FAR FROM AGREEMENT: A number of property owners near the proposed intermodal transit hub at the Providence rail station and along the route of a high-speed bus corridor in Providence have sued to stop work on the project so that it can be reviewed, contending that as envisioned now it will have a negative impact on their property values. R.I. Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. stands near the area proposed for the hub next to the rail station in Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should Providence and the state be stopped from moving forward on...

A group of downtown residents and commercial real estate companies have filed suit against Providence and the state, hoping to halt work on the...
THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE estimates that nearly 20,000 workers in Rhode Island will see their wages increase when the minimum wage in the Ocean State goes from $10.10 to $10.50 per hour on Jan. 1 / COURTESY ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

Is the increase in Rhode Island’s minimum wage going to have...

Rhode Island is one of 20 states that will increase its minimum wage in the new year, going from $10.10 an hour to $10.50...
THE FEDERAL RESERVE, shown above, has issued a report that anticipates increased commercial lending by credit unions based on the relaxing of rules two years ago. Is that a good thing? / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Is the expansion of commercial lending by credit unions a good...

New regulations that went into effect in January 2017 relaxed the limits on commercial lending that credit unions may do, the latest twist in...
GUT CHECK: The volatility of the global equity markets is testing the patience and sticking power of many investors. What will you do as uncertainty continues to swing the markets up and down with alarming regularity? / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

How big will the stock market losses have to be for...

Since hitting a small peak on Dec. 3, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost 8.5 percent of its value (although since hitting a...
AN AERIAL VIEW shows more than 9,000 solar panels clustered to form the A Street solar energy farm, located at a former landfill in Johnston. The facility will be used to generate power for Johnston and Providence. / COURTESY SOUTHERN SKY RENEWABLE ENERGY RI

Which do you think is better for Rhode Island’s environment: Building...

Even as more utility-scale solar energy facilities are being built in Rhode Island, there is a backlash against where they are being sited. Many...
TAKING A STAND: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza vetoed a proposed change to city zoning regulations that would have allowed the Fane Organization to build a 600-foot tower in the former Interstate 195 land? Was that a good decision by the mayor? / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Do you agree with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s decision to...

Hope Point Tower, the 46-story, nearly 600-foot residential building that New York developer The Fane Organization wants to build on former Interstate 195 land...
REAL WORLD CYBERMANIA: When all the counting is done, it looks like American shoppers likely spent nearly $8 billion on CyberMonday, part of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Where do you like to do your holiday gift buying? / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/ALEX KRAUS

How do you do your holiday shopping?

While the final numbers won't be in for a while, it appears that nearly 10 million fewer Americans shopped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,...
TO TAX OR NOT? Tax policy is a hot-button political issue, and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council's most recent report on tax collections and other revenue sources for state and local government begs the questions: What would you change? / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Of these options for tax policy in Rhode Island, which should...

The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council has come out with its 2018 analysis of Rhode Island’s state and local government tax collections and how...
WHILE IT DID NOT get the nod as one of the two cities chosen by Amazon.com for its HQ2 project, Providence did make a bid, which included this rendering of a glass-laden Superman Building as part of the pitch. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Are you happy or sad that Amazon.com bypassed Providence for its...

The news that Amazon.com is splitting its HQ2 program among two cities, Arlington, Va., and New York City, is big news. But will the...
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