Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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ROOM TO RUN: Robert Wheeler, co-owner of Friends of Toto Inc. in Pawtucket, spent $400,000 to double his business space but must now attract more customers to cover the cost. 
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It’s not if but when on recession, so get ready

Inflation and a looming recession have weighed heavily on local business owners and state leaders for months. And with good reason, as this week’s...

Rental registry needs teeth

The state’s attempt to manage the proliferation of vacation rental properties has gotten off to a rocky start. A state registry for short-term rentals created...
NEW I­NCENTIVE: Rhode Island College interim President Jack Warner wants state lawmakers to approve a scholarship to cover two years of tuition for students who enroll directly out of high school. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Give RIC scholarship to help lure students

A 33% decline in enrollment at Rhode Island College over the last decade should be sounding alarm bells on campus and at the Statehouse. The...

Blame shared on housing dysfunction

Throwing gobs of cash at a problem without a vetted plan and leadership to carry it out ensures both wasted time and money. That’s where...
HEATING UP? What will Gov. Daniel J. McKee and state lawmakers do about the rising costs for heat and electricity? The issue could kick off a host of contentious debates in the new legislative session. 
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Will GA step in to help ease rising energy costs?

State lawmakers are back with another massive state revenue surplus, now projected at $610 million, likely at their disposal. But having lots of money...

City a leader on diversity, inclusion

The work awaiting Providence’s newly elected mayor and city councilors as the city emerges from a multiyear pandemic is daunting. But they and the city...

Don’t blame pandemic for bad schools

Three years into a state takeover of the Providence public school system, the results are both disheartening and alarming. A new state report found that...
HEAVY LIFTING: Cliff Moniz, a driver/warehouse worker at the We Share Hope food pantry and market in East Providence, unloads food ­donations. 
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Nonprofit sector overlooked key to a healthy economy

Selfless nonprofits are often the difference between needy Rhode Islanders going without during the holidays and managing to provide enough food and a few...
PARTNERS: ­Business leaders will be looking to R.I. Commerce Secretary Elizabeth M. Tanner and Gov. Daniel J. McKee to set a course for economic development in the state in the new year.
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McKee, Tanner must set clear agenda for Commerce

Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s decisive election victory over Republican Ashley Kalus positions him to play a lead role in state economic development for the...

Make R.I. part of Biden job growth

Kudos to Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan L. Hughes for reminding two national power brokers of their local and regional roots during...
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