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SOME OBSERVERS say the differences in sales-tax policies among the states create a burden on retailers that have to navigate the varied tax requirements when they do business in other states. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Cross-border differences in sales-tax policy create headaches

The rise of interstate e-commerce is magnifying long-standing differences in sales-tax laws among various states, forcing retailers with far-flung customers to adhere to 50...

List: Newport Restaurants

CLOSER LOOK: Re-ranked by number of reviews: 1. The Mooring | No. of reviews: 1,756 2. The Red Parrot Restaurant | No. of reviews: 969 3. 22 Bowen’s...

List: Providence Restaurants

CLOSER LOOK: Re-ranked by number of reviews: 1. Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar | No. of reviews: 740 2. Gracie’s | No. of reviews: 661 3. Massimo...
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
STILL GOING STRONG: John Bellone, owner of The Breezeway Resort, The Hotel Maria, pictured, and Maria’s Seaside Cafe in Westerly, says in his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., he’s never deferred a loan payment and has continued to meet monthly payments for the mortgages on his commercial properties throughout the pandemic, thanks to a strong business in a limited season. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Banks on higher alert for credit weakness

In his 50 years as a customer of The Washington Trust Co., John Bellone has never deferred a loan payment. Not through the 2008...
MIXING IT UP: Amber Jackson creates her own blends of loose-leaf tea and sells them at The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop, which she launched in 2019 using her own money. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Finding value in shared connections

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
Ross Gittell became president of Bryant University last July, replacing longtime university leader Ronald K. Machtley. Gittell previously served as chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Seize the moment

Ross Gittell | Bryant University president More than 4,000 institutions of higher education in the United States serve approximately 20 million students and this year...

Block Island tourism surprises

Amid the widespread economic carnage wrought by the pandemic in 2020, somehow tiny Block Island and its tourist-dependent businesses emerged to fight another day. “No...
NEW LEADERSHIP: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, faces a host of challenging issues this year, including a pandemic-induced deficit estimated at up to $500 million. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic’s effects will dominate 2021 General Assembly session

The landscape has changed dramatically, literally and figuratively, for state lawmakers for what is shaping up to be among the most consequential General Assembly...
BUSINESS IS BOOMING: Rob Cagnetta, owner of Heritage Restoration Inc. in Providence, and Marguerite Keyes, finishing specialist, work on restoring some windows. Cagnetta said Heritage is as busy as ever despite the COVID-19 pandemic because people are home more and discovering things they don’t like or that need to be fixed. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Residential restorations keep long-running contractor busy

If it still works, keep it. If it doesn’t work, fix it. That’s the principle behind historic preservation of family homes and other residential...

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