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JOB KILLER? Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a call by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to raise the state's minimum wage in 2020 to $11.10 per hour. Many businesses feel that it will lead to less hiring if it is put in place. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Should the General Assembly follow Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s lead and...

After going up for a second consecutive year to $10.50 per hour at the beginning of 2019, there is talk about adding another 60...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has renewed the state's contract with Deloitte Consulting through June 2021. The deal includes a $50 million payment from Deloitte, discounted services and includes an agreement for the state not to sue Deloitte for past performance. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should Gov. Gina M. Raimondo have renewed the contract with Deloitte...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo reversed herself on March 15 when she announced that the state has extended its contract with Deloitte Consulting LLP to...
THE BLOCK ISLAND WIND FARM was designed to be the first of many such offshore wind energy projects designed and built in Rhode Island. But it is no longer clear if that will be the case. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Do you care if Rhode Island has a large-scale wind-energy production...

More than a decade ago, former Gov. Donald L. Carcieri proposed making Rhode Island the leader in developing offshore wind energy. The Block Island...
HEAVY SNOW and blizzard conditions as seen in Providence in a 2015 storm are not unusual in New England. How did your workplace deal with the March 3-4 storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on some parts of Rhode Island? / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

How did you deal with the snow storm on March 3-4...

While many schools were closed on Monday, March 4, as a result of the winter storm that hit the area, most businesses seemed to...
CROSSING A LINE? New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft has been charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida. Will that affect how you attend or view Patriots games?

Will Robert Kraft’s alleged involvement with a ring of prostitution in...

While it seems as if not a week goes by when a professional athlete has some manner of a run-in with the law, it...
AFTER AN OPERATIONAL PAUSE and consideration of sale of the tall ship, the nonprofit that owns the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry says it will now remain in Rhode Island with a new operating model and a new CEO and staff. / COURTESY OLIVER HAZARD PERRY RHODE ISLAND

Will you use the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry this year?

After pausing its operations in the fall, the nonprofit that owns and operates the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry says that it has come up...
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

Have the tariffs on imported solar panels been worth it?

When the Trump administration put tariffs on imported solar panels (mainly from China), the solar power industry expected that it would suffer as a...
SPORTS BETTING: Pictured is the new sports-betting facilities at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln. The expansion of sports betting to mobile options is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly this year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Did the state make the right move in legalizing sports betting?

Heavy betting in Rhode Island on the Feb.3 Super Bowl will help boost state coffers. That's because the state receives 51 percent of the revenue from...
THE MBTA has proposed across-the-board fare increases, including commuter rail monthly pass costs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Will the proposed MBTA fare increase for the train to Boston...

The question is simple. Will a $300 a year increase in monthly pass fares for the Providence (or T.F. Green or Wakefield) to Boston...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO's fiscal 2020 budget includes a proposal to legalize adult use of marijuana and to expand the state's existing medical-marijuana program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Do you support Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s proposals to legalize adult...

With her fiscal 2020 budget, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has waded into the recreational marijuana controversy. Should the state legalize adult use of marijuana...
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