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MASS. GOV. Charlie Baker introduced a $44.6 billion state budget proposal Wednesday. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Baker releases $44.6B state budget proposal

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker released a $44.6 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that would tack on an extra fee for ride-hailing trips...
UNION MEMBERSHIP in Rhode Island in 2019 reflected 17.4% of all workers, the highest rate in New England. / COURTESY U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

R.I. had 4th highest share of workers represented by unions in...

PROVIDENCE – The share of workers represented by unions in Rhode Island was 19% in 2019, a 0.5 percentage point increase year over year,...
THREE RHODE ISLAND companies earned a perfect score on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. / COURTESY HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION

3 R.I. companies score perfect on LGBTQ-inclusive workplace index

PROVIDENCE – Three companies headquartered in Rhode Island earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index, measuring LGBTQ-inclusive...
THE AVERAGE price of regular gas in Rhode Island was $2.56 per gallon this week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER

R.I. and Mass. gas prices dip 1 cent

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 1 cent from last week to $2.56 per gallon, 20...
U.S. JOB OPENINGS declined 561,000 to 6.8 million in November. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MIKE FUENTES

U.S. job openings decreased in Nov. to almost 2-year low

WASHINGTON – United States job openings fell in November to the lowest level in almost two years, indicating more employers see headcounts sufficient enough...

There are plenty of jobs, but where are the wages?

The most disappointing feature of the most recent jobs report is that wages did not grow very much, even though the U.S. economy is...

No one gets rich by shunning new cars and lattes

Managing your financial life requires following three rules: No. 1. Spend less than you earn. No. 2. Prioritize investing for your future. No. 3. Figure out what...
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY in New England expanded at a modest to moderate pace to end 2019.

Beige Book: N.E. economy continues expansion

PROVIDENCE – Economic activity in New England continued to expand at a modest to moderate rate in the last six weeks of 2019, according...
OVERALL U.S. RETAIL sales in December increased 5.8% year over year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

U.S. retail sales post solid advance to close out moderate 2019

WASHINGTON – United States retail sales strengthened in December, thanks to a late holiday-shopping rush that wrapped up a more-moderate year of spending at...
STATES WITH high state and local taxes have seen an uptick in residents leaving the state following the implementation of a federal SALT deductions cap. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

Trump’s SALT cap fuels a wealth exodus from high-tax states

NEW YORK – Some of the hardest evidence yet indicates that the 2017 Republican tax law is pushing money and people from high-tax states...
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