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BIG DECISIONS: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island CEO and President Peter Marino, left, hopes to eventually bring all 600 employees back to the insurer’s Smithfield headquarters. All but 20 are now working remotely. Speaking with Marino is Rob Magnan, facilities and mail room ­coordinator. At right is security officer Jennifer Castellanos. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Shift to remote work may alter landscape for commercial property

Has the office changed forever due to COVID-19? For many employers that have successfully transitioned to remote work over the past year, the likely...

‘Community advocacy matters’

As recently as last summer, Rhode Island appeared all but certain to lose one of its two U.S. House seats. For years, the state had...

Smart investment in America’s future: Doubling the max Pell grant

College affordability and access to higher education have been topics of much discussion in Washington, D.C., and throughout our region in recent years. And...

Vaccine mandates not only tool to push workers

A workplace showdown may be brewing over mandating vaccinations. Employers would love the sense of certainty that comes with a vaccinated workforce. Workers can be...
MIXED SIGNALS: Gov. Daniel J. McKee has earned a reputation as an advocate for small businesses but has angered many of them with a budget proposal to tax Paycheck Protection Program loans over $150,000. The plan would generate about $67.7 million in general revenue over two fiscal years. / AP PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Proposed PPP tax ignores ongoing pandemic threat

Rhode Island’s leading small-business advocate as lieutenant governor has sent mixed signals to that constituency since taking over as governor last month. On April 12,...

Develop a vision for ARP aid

The state is expecting $1.1 billion in new federal pandemic relief, just over a year after receiving – and finally spending – $1.25 billion....

Rise in Treasury yields is a warning to Washington

President Joe Biden will likely face an economic headwind that no president has faced since Bill Clinton in his first term – rising interest...
Laurie White

No reason to halt growth of charter schools in R.I.

Improving our K-12 public schools to a level approaching and hopefully surpassing those of Massachusetts and other states consistently recognized for educational excellence is...
SECURITY BOOST: Civil owner Guido Silvestri upgraded security for his downtown Providence business following a night of rioting last June that heavily damaged the skateboard shop. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business, city leaders must work together to bring visitors back

Crime is still trending down in the capital city – and in 2020 dramatically so. Yet downtown business and community leaders are more concerned...

Get started fixing R.I.’s housing problem

When it comes to addressing Rhode Island’s housing crisis, there’s good news and there’s bad news. In March, Rhode Islanders got two good pieces of...

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