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Magaziner advocates for upping state bonding in final FY 21 budget

PROVIDENCE – As state lawmakers continue to weigh a not-yet-finalized fiscal 2021 spending plan, R.I. Treasurer Seth Magaziner is touting the state’s borrowing capacity...

R.I. state budget gap shrinks to $114M

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's elected leaders were projecting a budget gap of more than $800 million in May due to the economic shock of...
WAITING GAME: Local communities are growing frustrated waiting for a new state budget. Above, Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is among hundreds of city workers forced to file for unemployment one day each week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No more waiting: Time for hard decisions on the state budget

State leaders are about to finally get to work – several months too late – determining the near-term fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on...
THE R.I. SENATE finance committee will begin its review of the International Game Technology PLC contract next week. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ PAM BHATIA

Did state Democratic leaders make the right call delaying decisions on...

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, all Democrats, on Sept. 11 announced that the General...
LONG WAIT: State Democratic leaders plan to wait until after the election in November to approve a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Delaying tough budget decisions until November is self-serving

No elected official wants to make decisions that could cost people their jobs, or funding needed to carry out valued community services. Such responsibility...
THE R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY has approved a revised budget for the current fiscal year, following shortfalls primarily attributable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Lawmakers approve plan to close $250M deficit from virus

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island's Legislature approved Thursday a plan to close a roughly $250 million deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The General Assembly’s...

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they received more than a month ago to help with soaring costs related to the...

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...
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