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State must get what it pays for in housing

Since 2021, the state has invested roughly $260 million to produce approximately 1,600 desperately needed affordable housing units. That cost is significantly higher than state...
Miranda Kitterlin-Lynch

Costs of workplace violence too high to ignore

Violence and harassment on the job are all too common. More than 1 in 5 workers worldwide have experienced it, according to the International...
HELP NEEDED: Nurse and union president Lynn Blais, outside Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence. Her union, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, opposes the only proposal to purchase the struggling hospital. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

To grow, struggling hospitals need more help from state

A decade ago, Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. was seen as a potential savior for two struggling Rhode Island hospitals. Today, Roger Williams Medical Center in...
Sarah ­Florini

Banning TikTok won’t solve social media’s foreign influence

When President Joe Biden signed a $95 billion foreign aid bill into law on April 24, it started the clock on a nine-month window...

RIPTA needs leader with fresh ideas

Public transit groups, state leaders and the board overseeing the R.I. Public Transit Authority haven’t agreed on much in recent years. But rider advocates and...
EMPTY SEATS: Traffic jams caused by the Washington Bridge lane closures have hurt many nearby businesses, including Skeff’s Pub in East Providence. Owner Eileen Harvey says business has been down. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Businesses will require help to survive bridge fallout

Businesses have generally been underwhelmed by the state’s response to their requests for help following the December closure of the westbound side of the...
Robert Samuels

Grad rates for low-income students lag while their debt soars

A recent federal study on graduation rates for American colleges and universities shows that 40% of all students did not earn a degree or...

Coastal wetlands can’t keep pace with sea-level rise

Wetlands have flourished along the world’s coastlines for thousands of years, playing valuable roles in the lives of people and wildlife. They protect the...

State medical school worth considering

Hospital staffing shortages have stabilized since the height of the pandemic but aren’t going away anytime soon, according to panelists at PBN’s April 4...
IN DISPUTE: Joseph R. Paolino Jr., in front of Paolino headquarters in Providence. He is challenging the city’s $51.5 million valuation of the 50 Kennedy Plaza property.
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

City must recognize drop in downtown property values

Tax disputes involving prominent commercial buildings are not unusual in Providence or other major cities. But city solicitors across the country are bracing for...
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