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THE U.S. BUDGET DEFICIT is projected to exceed $1 trillion by fiscal 2020. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

U.S. budget gap set to top $1T in FY2020, two years...

WASHINGTON – The United States budget deficit is set to widen to $1 trillion by fiscal year 2020, two years sooner than previously estimated,...
THE R.I. ETHICS COMMISSION has voted to authorize an investigation into allegations that Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's actions related to the IGT contract extension would benefit Donald Sweitzer, her alleged business associate./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ DAVE HANSEN

Ethics Commission votes to investigate one of two complaints

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Ethics Commission, following its initial review of a complaint filed against Gov. Gina M. Raimondo under two provisions of the...
THE WOONSOCKET Housing Authority was awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development to identify and address lead-based paint hazards.

Woonsocket Housing Authority receives $1M to address lead paint hazards

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Housing Authority was awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify and reduce lead-based paint...
A $25 MILLION project to upgrade Providence Station, including expanding the building's interior space and upgrading bathrooms, has been funded by federal grants, Amtrak and RIDOT. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence Station to get $25 million in upgrades, renovations

PROVIDENCE – A $25 million upgrade to Providence Station is in the works, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced Monday.The plans for the state’s busiest...
NOAA HAS SETTLED its civil case against Carlos Rafael, known as the "Codfather," for $3 million and requirements that Rafael relinquish his permits and divest from his fishing assets. NOAA said the settlement will speed up the return of Rafael's assets to productive use. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MARK ELIAS

Civil case against ‘Codfather’ settled for $3 million and a divestiture...

NEW BEDFORD – The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it had settled the federal civil case against Carlos Rafael and his fishing...
TWIN RIVER plan to lay off 100 casino workers due to the impact of Encore Boston Harbor casino on table games in Lincoln. Above, Marc Crisafulli, the newly named president of Rhode Island operations for Twin River Worldwide Holdings. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Twin River plans layoffs after Encore introduction

PROVIDENCE – Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. expects to lay off roughly 100 Rhode Island casino workers, the company confirmed Friday.The company cited a...
THE RHODE ISLAND PENSION system had a return rate of 6.5% in fiscal 2019, according to R.I. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHEAL SALERNO

R.I. pension plan sees 6.5% return in FY19

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island state worker pension plan had a one-year rate of return in fiscal 2019 of 6.5%, according to a report...
TAX RELIEF: Providence City Solicitor Jeffrey Dana said tax challenges represent almost 20% of the active civil cases involving the city. In his most recent annual tally, Dana reported to the City Council that 155 of the 845 open civil cases Providence has in either state or federal court are seeking tax relief.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

What’s commercial property worth? Depends whom you ask

No one likes to pay property taxes. In Providence, fighting that annual bill has become almost routine for many large commercial property owners when...
OPPORTUNITY LOST? The decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior to extend an environmental review of the Vineyard Wind project puts the potential construction of the Revolution Wind wind energy farm in jeopardy. Here, the demonstration project Block Island Wind Farm. 
 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Delayed review of wind energy project won’t stall rising temps

Two stories within the last two weeks have not contained good news for the Ocean State.Most recently, The Washington Post crunched the numbers and...

Trump tariff delay is a gift to retailers that feels like...

It looks as if the Trump administration didn’t want to be accused of ruining Christmas.The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Aug. 13 that...
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