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HELPING HAND: Customer-service representative Ramon Chevas German, right, assists a client with health insurance at a HealthSource RI center in East ­Providence.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo budget supports reinsurance program

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s budget includes proposals she says are intended to keep health insurance affordable for thousands of Rhode Islanders, in response to...

U.S. can take on a lot more debt

For many years, respected macroeconomists scolded countries that failed to reduce their debt levels. The International Monetary Fund, whose job it is to lend...

One-size layoff doesn’t fit all

The proposed merger between SunTrust and BB&T makes sense for both firms – which is why Wall Street sent both stocks higher on Feb....
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...
THE PROPOSED ALOFT HOTEL, at right, is expected to begin construction this year. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION

Aloft Hotel to get reduced land price, I-195 district incentives

PROVIDENCE – Citing increased construction costs, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission has agreed to cut the purchase price for the site for the $55...
THE NUMBER of tax refunds issued so far this year fell nearly 16 percent year over year to 11.4 million. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Treasury Department says fewer refunds better for U.S. taxpayers

NEW YORK - The U.S. Treasury Department is defending the declining numbers of tax refunds being issued so far this year, saying that taxpayers already...
HUD HAS GRANTED 10 Rhode Island housing authorities a combined $920,699 to help families reach self-sufficiency.

HUD grants 10 R.I. housing authorities $920.7K

PROVIDENCE – Ten organizations in Rhode Island have received a combined $920,699 to aid residents participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program or that...
RHODE ISLAND'S 5 PERCENT hotel tax collections totaled $2 million in October. The Omni Providence Hotel, pictured above, accounted for $94,515 of the tax collection for the month. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

DOR: R.I. Oct. 5% hotel tax totals $2M

PROVIDENCE – October collection of the 5 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island totaled $2.02 million, a $12,469 decline from one year prior at...
SENATE PRESIDENT Dominick J. Ruggerio's bill allowing mobile sports betting at Twin River's two Rhode Island casinos was approved by the Senate on Wednesday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Senate approves mobile sports betting

PROVIDENCE – The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill allowing mobile sports betting through Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.“The new in-person Sportsbook...

Business and political leaders discuss state priorities at Chamber lunch

PROVIDENCE – Business and political leaders gathered on Wednesday to consider new proposals before the General Assembly this year, including mobile sports betting, legalizing...
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