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GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signs an executive order on Monday authorizing Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee to oversee and manage the fiscal year 2022 state budget. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Raimondo makes staff changes as she prepares to depart for Washington

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made staff changes at three pivotal state departments in consultation with Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee, the governor...
BRETT SMILEY announced Wednesday that he will step down as director of the R.I. Department of Administration as soon as Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden's commerce secretary. / COURTESY BRETT SMILEY

R.I. administration chief Smiley to step down

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Department of Administration Director Brett Smiley on Wednesday announced that he will step down from his post once Gov. Gina M....
BRETT SMILEY, R.I. Director of Administration, is offering eligible state employees a retirement incentive package authorized for 2021. / COURTESY BRETT SMILEY

R.I. offering retirement incentive for eligible state workers

PROVIDENCE – Due to financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the state is offering a retirement incentive of up to $40,000 to eligible state...

A $29.6M price tag for security in a pandemic

The state has paid $29.6 million to construct and maintain three field hospitals that have gone unused during the coronavirus crisis, but this insurance...
FIRST CONSTRUCTED in mid-April, the Cranston field hospital, operated by the Care New England Health System, has yet to see a single patient. However, experts believe it may be used in the coming weeks due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. / PBN PHOTO / ALEXA GAGOSZ

CNE, state confirm: R.I. will be ready to open a field...

CRANSTON – As the state’s hospitalizations have nearly doubled in the last month, Rhode Island's health care and state leaders made it clear on...
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

Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act...

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....
IN A RUSH: 
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s administration has less than two months to disperse $900 million in pandemic-related federal aid. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ramp up R.I. pandemic aid spending where it’s needed most

It’s usually wise not to quickly spend a windfall, unless there’s a use-it-or-lose-it deadline attached to it. That’s the situation the state finds itself...

Cost of R.I.’s vaccine effort unclear

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said on Oct. 7 that she’s willing to spend “tens of millions of dollars” for the state to evaluate and...
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Raimondo reorganizes leadership personnel, David Ortiz new chief of staff

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has reorganized her senior leadership team, promoting David Ortiz to chief of staff and moving Brett Smiley from...
MARC CRISAFULLI, president of Rhode Island operations for Twin River alleged in a letter to the R.I. Senate that Gina M. Raimondo's Chief of Staff Brett Smiley threatened Twin River with consequences if it did not accept the proposed IGT lottery extension. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Twin River says Raimondo’s chief of staff threatened company over IGT...

PROVIDENCE – Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. has released a letter written by Twin River Executive Vice President Marc Crisafulli that claims Gov. Gina...

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