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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...

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...
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...
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...
IN FAVOR: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, supports a dedicated revenue stream for affordable housing and creation of a state “housing czar” position./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State must take more responsibility for boosting housing supply

The state earlier this year took a step toward responding to a serious housing shortage when voters approved $65 million in borrowing to boost...

Prizes not way to beat COVID-19

It’s inherently unfair to pay or otherwise reward some but not all with gifts to persuade them to get a vaccine for COVID-19, but...
ON THE FENCE: Sen. Kendra Anderson, D-Warwick, is a freshman lawmaker and school teacher who loves all the research she needs to do on legislation. But she also thinks part-time lawmakers could do a better job if they had more time.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Is a part-time General Assembly still right for Rhode Island?

As anyone who has witnessed the mad scramble of legislative activity at the end of each year’s General Assembly session can attest, it is...

UI fraud still too big to handle

As nearly 1 in 10 Rhode Islanders knows firsthand, the devastating economic toll of COVID-19 has gone beyond lost jobs and shuttered businesses. There’s...

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