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Friday, September 21, 2018
STATE REP. PATRICIA L. Morgan, R-Coventry, said "the vulnerable didn't ask for this to be launched before it was ready. The taxpayers didn't ask for thIs to be launched before it was ready." /COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

UHIP to-do list still lengthy

EIght months after the state launched what has been described as a broken computer system, the R.I. Department of Human Services continues to pare...
BROWN UNIVERSITY said it will automatically waive application fees for any prospective student who qualified for free or reduced lunch programs starting with the class entering in fall 2018.

Are students with low incomes priced out of applying to college?

Applying to college can be stressful, especially for applicants with low incomes. Beyond the usual worries of acceptance and scholarship chances, they must weigh...
LEGISLATION INTRODUCED this month in the General Assembly proposes creating a statewide water authority to centralize oversight and operations of the 490 public water-supply systems in Rhode Island. / COURTESY ­PROVIDENCE WATER SUPPLY BOARD

Can water ease Providence’s pension woes?

Is water part of the answer to the fiscal woes of Providence?Legislation introduced this month in the General Assembly proposes creating a statewide water...

Who pays for R.I. car-tax cuts?

The car tax in Rhode Island is so unevenly collected and disproportionately important to town coffers that reducing it raises a host of secondary...
PAUL A. Doughty, right, president of Local 799 International Association of Firefighters in Providence, speaks with a firefighter at the Providence Public Safety Complex. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should R.I. police, firefighters live in-state?

A House-passed bill would eliminate a statewide requirement that police and firefighters live in Rhode Island.Supporters of 2017-H 5351 say changes could improve the...
RESIGNING FROM HER POSITION as R.I. Senate President to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island puts M. Teresa Paiva Weed in the position of lobbying her former colleagues after a one-year period away from the General Assembly.

Paiva Weed moving from lawmaker to lobbyist

Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed on March 22 announced she would immediately leave her Statehouse leadership post to become president of the Hospital...

A blow to R.I. manufacturers?

Restoration of American manufacturing has occupied a prominent space in President Donald Trump's speeches, commentary and tweets.But a mixed message was conveyed by...

Still a place for foreign workers?

After his inauguration, President Donald Trump hastily implemented stringent immigration policy that immediately caused mass confusion, blocking immigrants with green cards and visas from...

Will protests hurt Citizens?

Three protesters were arrested earlier this month after chaining themselves to blockade an entrance into Citizens Bank headquarters in Providence.The protest was led...

Is sick-time mandate fair?

Employees get sick. This is a fact of life and business. But in Rhode Island, 41.5 percent of private-sector employees do not have access...
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