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LONG VIEW: Gov. Daniel J. McKee and other state Democratic leaders are focusing on long-term projects for the state’s $1.1 billion share of new federal pandemic aid. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Federal pandemic aid can help now and the long term

While Rhode Island state leaders are focused on hoarding an estimated $1.1 billion in new federal pandemic aid, a different political dynamic is playing...

R.I.’s new guard in higher ed

The region is in the midst of a changing of the guard among higher education leaders. Since 2019, five new college administrators have taken the...
Joseph R. Paolino Jr.

Regionalizing R.I.’s pensions could save us

There is no avoiding the disastrous consequences of Providence’s $1.2 billion unfunded pension liability. In fact, the argument could be made that the city...
Scott Wolf

Rebooting historic tax credit is smart move

A recent PBN article (“Textile mill renovations now paying dividends,” June 25) highlighted five mill-conversion projects in Rhode Island, former massive and abandoned industrial...

Target hospitality inequities

Hotels and restaurants have been too busy trying to find enough workers this summer to sort through the long-term pandemic fallout. But as this week’s...

With tides rising, coastal cities need some answers

The oceans are rising at an accelerating rate, and millions of people are in the way. Rising tides are already affecting cities along low-lying...
BUSINESS TAX: Gov. Daniel J. McKee backed a state budget provision that taxes forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans above $250,000. Rhode Island is one of only 10 states to do so. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Health of the economy must be a priority for pandemic aid...

The federal government continues to dole out local pandemic relief, but spending it well still relies on the sound judgment of state and municipal...
Joshua Padwa

Stop big tech from stifling the little guys

Having worked in the tech industry for nearly a decade, I appreciate the effort that has gone into developing platforms such as Apple Inc.’s...
HERE THEY COME: Block Island is expecting a strong summer tourism season, based on the boatloads of tourists already flocking there from the mainland. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Strong summer tourism first step in industry’s recovery

All signs point to what could be a banner summer for tourism in the Ocean State, at least in coastal communities that cater to...

State must do better on rent relief

Getting financial help to people struggling to keep up with rent and other bills in a pandemic isn’t easy, but the state needs to...

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