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IMPROVEMENTS IN 10 of the one dozen economic readings that make up the Current Conditions Index show that the state is moving forward in a sustained way at the moment, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro.

Do you feel strong positive economic momentum in the state right...

University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro is often seen as a “gloomy Gus” when it comes to his read on Rhode Island in...
ON THE FINAL DAY of the legislative sessions for both the House and the Senate in fiscal 2017, the R.I. General Assembly failed to agree on a state budget. Above left, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, Dominick J. Ruggerio.

Whose side are you on in the R.I. House-Senate impasse?

Throwing a wrench into the state’s fiscal status, the R.I. House and Senate ended their sessions without passing the same budget, with both House...
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, Mitch McConnell / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) better than either the House...

Much of the young Trump administration has been spent trying to overturn and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The impulse...
R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, on June 15 unveiled the Democrat's $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Should the General Assembly have “scooped” at least $29 million from...

With an estimated $134 million budget deficit for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the General Assembly had to make some difficult choices to balance...

Should the state re-authorize and re-capitalize the historic-preservation tax credit program?

Since its creation in 2001, Rhode Island's Historic Preservation Tax Credits have attracted $1.3 billion in private investment, while costing the state $350.7 million...
A CHANGE HAS COME: A trailer park on Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, was flooded following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Climate scientists believe that climate change is warming the planet and will result in more frequent and more powerful storms.

Should President Donald Trump have pulled the United States out of...

When President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord on June 1, he joined two other nations on the...
ABOVE, THE DECEMBER GRADUATES of the Pivot the Hustle Career Readiness Program of Roger Williams University with Adriana I. Dawson. The program provides contemporary workforce preparation for minimum-security inmates in work release. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF CONTINUING STUDIES

Would you hire someone who has a felony conviction?

With the U.S. unemployment rate falling below what the Federal Reserve considers full employment, many companies are finding it difficult to fill job openings...
COMPETING PRIORITIES: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has been unable to convince House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello to support her plan to offer two years of free college to R.I. High school graduates. / PBN FILE PHOTO / JAIME LOWE

Which should be a higher priority for the state: Gov. Gina...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas A Mattiello have differing priorities for the fiscal 2018 budget.Raimondo has prioritized a plan to offer two...
NEW PITCH: The Pawtucket Red Sox have chosen a downtown Pawtucket site for a new ballpark that would require taxpayer support. The team worked on the plan with city leaders and R.I. Commerce Corp. / COURTESY ­PAWTUCKET RED SOX

Is the latest plan to build a new ballpark for the...

Two years ago Pawtucket Red Sox ownership made a unilateral $85 million proposal to build a new stadium in Providence that would have left...
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, center, applauds during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday. House Republicans mustered just enough votes to pass their health-care bill Thursday, salvaging what at times appeared to be a doomed mission to repeal and partially replace Obamacare under intense pressure from Trump to produce legislative accomplishments. / BLOOMBERG / ANDREW HARRER

Will President Donald Trump’s policies help Rhode Island businesses?

The recent congressional breakfast hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce put in full view the contradictions of the new Trump administration. Chamber...
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