Thursday, May 6, 2021



BIG DECISIONS: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island CEO and President Peter Marino, left, hopes to eventually bring all 600 employees back to the insurer’s Smithfield headquarters. All but 20 are now working remotely. Speaking with Marino is Rob Magnan, facilities and mail room ­coordinator. At right is security officer Jennifer Castellanos. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Shift to remote work may alter landscape for commercial property

Has the office changed forever due to COVID-19? For many employers that have successfully transitioned to remote work over the past year, the likely...

‘Community advocacy matters’

As recently as last summer, Rhode Island appeared all but certain to lose one of its two U.S. House seats. For years, the state had...
MIXED SIGNALS: Gov. Daniel J. McKee has earned a reputation as an advocate for small businesses but has angered many of them with a budget proposal to tax Paycheck Protection Program loans over $150,000. The plan would generate about $67.7 million in general revenue over two fiscal years. / AP PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Proposed PPP tax ignores ongoing pandemic threat

Rhode Island’s leading small-business advocate as lieutenant governor has sent mixed signals to that constituency since taking over as governor last month. On April 12,...

Develop a vision for ARP aid

The state is expecting $1.1 billion in new federal pandemic relief, just over a year after receiving – and finally spending – $1.25 billion....
SECURITY BOOST: Civil owner Guido Silvestri upgraded security for his downtown Providence business following a night of rioting last June that heavily damaged the skateboard shop. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business, city leaders must work together to bring visitors back

Crime is still trending down in the capital city – and in 2020 dramatically so. Yet downtown business and community leaders are more concerned...

R.I. an offshore wind follower

Offshore wind supporters were heartened by the Biden administration’s March 29 commitment to the industry, including the environmental review of at least three Atlantic...

Keep ATVs off city streets

Kudos to Cranston and Providence officials for taking seriously the proliferation of all-terrain vehicles on city streets. The cities are joining forces to combat...
SEEKING A PARTNER: After six years as lieutenant governor, new Gov. Daniel J. McKee says he wants his successor to be a partner he can work with. But they won’t be able to appear together on the ballot in the 2022 gubernatorial election. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Gov. McKee must show how his office can work with lt....

Eleven years ago, the late Robert J. Healey Jr. ran the last of his three failed bids for lieutenant governor, capturing 39% of the...

Will frenzy in home sales last?

While 2020 marked the worst of times for many Rhode Islanders, for those selling high-end homes it was an absolute banner year. As this week’s...
ON THE JOB: Gov. Daniel J. McKee speaks to staff on March 3, his first full day on the job.  / SCREENSHOT OF ZOOM MEETING

New governor offers hope to business community, but election looms

After nearly two months of sometimes frustrating preparation, Gov. Daniel J. McKee is finally at the helm of the state, during one of the...

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