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State leaders must lead on budget

State leaders are never able to please everyone when making tough decisions on the state budget. But it’s an open question this year whether...
BUSY SESSION: From left, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo must work together to tackle a host of issues in the upcoming legislative session, including a structural budget deficit, the state lottery contract, the minimum wage and marijuana legalization and regulation. / PBN PHOTO AND FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

How should legislative leaders prioritize state spending for fiscal 2021, given...

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the state economy, shutting down or limiting the operations of thousands of businesses and forcing...
PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With Jorge Elorza

Jorge O. Elorza | Mayor, Providence 1. What is your New Year’s resolution for the city? The long-term vision we have built over the...
COLLISION COURSE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo plans to again introduce a recreational marijuana proposal, in her fiscal 2021 budget plan, despite warnings from House and Senate leaders that they won’t consider it. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Marijuana debate will signal health of Rhode Island’s legislative process

The General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 7 with a host of potentially contentious issues to address, including a budget deficit, the state lottery contract...

East Providence budget becomes law without mayor’s signature

EAST PROVIDENCE – Mayor Bob DaSilva has allowed the city’s $188 million fiscal year 2020 budget, a 3.2% increase over last year, to become...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Blake Filippi

Blake Filippi | Minority leader, R.I. House 1. You are the new House minority leader. How do you elevate the voices of a comparatively small...

Chamber opposes Raimondo sales tax expansion

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has recommended an expansion of the state sales tax to include professional services associated with commercial buildings, such as landscaping,...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO released a fiscal 2020 budget proposal Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Do you support Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s proposals to legalize adult...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's fiscal 2020 budget proposal includes an “adult-use marijuana program,” which would legalize sales for recreational use. The program would create a...
THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT released a report that said that the United States budget deficit has increased 16 percent in the first three quarters of Donald Trump's first full fiscal year as president. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

U.S. budget deficit jumps in first nine months of fiscal year

NEW YORK - The United States budget deficit widened by 16 percent to $607 billion three-quarters of the way through Donald Trump’s first full...

Fiscally sound

When does your company put together its fiscal year budgets? Spring: 40% Fall: 40% Winter: 20% Summer: 0% Is the budget an aspirational guide to operations or a strict...

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