Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act money or risk losing it

CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Rhode Island officials rejoiced when they learned in March that the state would get a $1.25 billion slice of the federal coronavirus relief package. Months later, a new problem has emerged: how to spend it quickly yet wisely before the Dec. 30 deadline. State records show that as of Oct. 1, Rhode Island had spent…

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