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LEGISLATION has been filed in both chambers of the General Assembly that would extend paid family leave from six to 12 weeks, but some business groups have raised concerns. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. business groups worry about effects of extending paid family...

While there is widespread support for bills in the General Assembly that would double the amount of paid family leave offered in Rhode Island...

What should government do about soaring rent?

As Rhode Island rents continue to surge, affordable housing advocates are calling for investments that go beyond measures proposed in Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s...
THE FATE of Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, pictured above, and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence is at stake as state regulators consider Centurion Foundation’s proposal to buy the company that operates the two hospitals. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS MEDICAL CENTER

Not everybody sold on the proposed Centurion hospital transaction in R.I.

Some view the Centurion Foundation’s proposal to buy Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital from Prospect Medical Holdings as a...

The best use for pandemic aid?

Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s $13.7 billion fiscal 2025 budget recommends “reprogramming” $51.7 million of the roughly $700 million in unspent State Fiscal Recovery Funds...
WITH POTENTIAL BUDGET DEFICITS looming in the coming years, business leaders say they understand why Gov. Daniel J. McKee's $13.7 billion budget proposal doesn't contain grand plans to provide relief for businesses in the state but instead chips away at certain areas. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

McKee’s budget proposal not ‘sweeping’ but seen as helping business

As the General Assembly prepares to consider Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget, observers say his proposals to help small businesses may...

Is this the year for an inspector general?

House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi insists he is keeping an “open mind” on the push from some state lawmakers to create an office of...
THE GREATER PROVIDENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE says it supports the recommendation by the city's Special Commission for Taxation and Revenue to lower the commercial property tax rate incrementally over five years despite there being no clear indication of the effect it might have on residential property taxes. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

5-year proposal to lower Providence’s commercial property tax lauded

A special commission's recommendations that the city of Providence revamp its tax structure and lower its "punishing" commercial property tax rate over five years...

Despite efforts, homeless shelters aren’t enough, observers say

As winter weather sets in, Rhode Island is ramping up its efforts to provide emergency shelter space. But while these short-term facilities serve an...
RHODE ISLAND OFFICIALS seemed set on building a bus hub on Dorrance Street in Providence, but now Gov. Daniel J. McKee says officials are considering a location in the I-195 Redevelopment District. / RENDERING COURTESY OF UNION STUDIO ARCHITECTURE AND COMMUNITY DESIGN

Concerns over economic impact of potential new site for transit center

Gov. Daniel J. McKee's revelation that state officials are considering a new Providence location for a proposed bus hub has touched off criticism from...
HASBRO INC. has announced it is moving out of its offices in downtown Providence, but what's next for the office is up in the air. PBN PHOTO/WILLIAM HAMILTON

Hasbro departure will be a test for Providence commercial real estate

Once entertainment giant Hasbro Inc. leaves its 135,400-square-foot downtown Providence office building, it’s unlikely the city will ever attract another large company into the...
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