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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...
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...

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