Saturday, November 27, 2021


Editorial and Op-Ed

TIME TO ACT: Gov. Daniel J. McKee has not been able to convince General Assembly leaders to commit to a vote this year on his request to spend some American Rescue Plan Act funding now. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

State leaders must get on same page on ARPA spending

Rhode Island officials have not gotten off to a good start in engendering confidence that they can be counted on to make the best...

Quonset would be smart place to invest relief money

With over $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act money still to be invested, Rhode Island has a unique opportunity to live up...
Neil D. Steinberg

We have one chance to spend $1.1B right

The $1.1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act dollars that Rhode Island is receiving from the federal government is once-in-a-generation funding that can improve...

Help workers fight vaccine hesitancy

Misinformation still abounds on the health risks associated with COVID-19 vaccines, but local businesses facing a pending federal vaccination-or-testing rule for workers do have...

Removing Fed chair would be high-risk move

In the next few weeks, President Joe Biden will make a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for all Americans – Biden will decide...

Cyberattacks too costly to ignore

During any economic crisis a company’s first priority is survival. So, it may be understandable that some businesses started worrying a little less about...
STILL STANDING: Downtowns across the state are hoping to fuel a post-pandemic rebound. Above, Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Garrett Mancieri, director of the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, in Monument Square. / PBN FILE PHOTO/

Resilient downtowns eye paths to post-pandemic recovery

Downtowns across the state and nation have been in an almost constant state of reinvention for decades. While not always the recognized center of commerce...
Terri Monjar

ESG should be focal point for all businesses

Increased awareness around climate change, racial and social equity issues and COVID-19 has changed the way that many companies in Rhode Island and elsewhere...

Despite threats, few walk off jobs over vaccines

Are workplace vaccine mandates prompting some employees to quit rather than get a shot? A hospital in Lowville, N.Y., for example, had to shut down...
EXPANSION PLANS: Gerald Carlson, left, owner of Auto Rust Technicians in Cranston, recently spent $500,000 to expand operations and is considering buying more equipment. He’s pictured with manufacturing manager Karr Thang.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN survey: Businesses have adapted, looking beyond pandemic

When the pandemic will end is anyone’s guess, but most Rhode Island business owners believe the worst is behind them, according to results from...

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