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What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...

Legislators question McKee’s plan to fund $3K state worker bonuses with...

PROVIDENCE – The question of how to fund a $3,000 bonus for state union workers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 is at the center...
5Q: Carlos E. Tobon
R.I. state representative, D-Pawtucket Co-chair, R.I. House of Representatives American Rescue Plan Act Task Force / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Five Questions With: Carlos E. Tobon

Carlos E. Tobon R.I. state representative, D-Pawtucket Co-chair, R.I. House of Representatives American Rescue Plan Act Task Force 1. What should be the primary focus of...
R.I. STATE REP. Carlos E. Tobon, D-Pawtucket, is co-chair of the House ARPA Task Force, which will have a say in how the state spends its $1.1 billion slice of the American Rescue Plan Act funding. PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

House ARPA chairman: ‘Surgical’ approach needed in spending $1.1B

Billions of federal dollars have been bestowed upon Rhode Island through COVID-19 relief funding, but a large portion of the money sits unused as...
NEW LAW: Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse believes a new law – requiring a 100% reimbursement rate for property taken by eminent domain within three opportunity zones in Pawtucket – is directed at the redevelopment of the former Apex department store.
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Pawtucket wants ‘square deal’ under eminent domain

The legislator behind a new law that matches tax-increment financing authority with federal opportunity zones in Pawtucket says the change it makes to existing...

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