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THE REPUTATION of the state of Rhode Island has been damaged by the behavior of state officials during a visit to Philadelphia in March, but how long that damage will last is unclear. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Will there be lasting damage from Philly fiasco?

Rhode Island’s reputation has taken a hit amid reports of a state official’s “bizarre, offensive and unprofessional actions” during a March visit to Philadelphia,...
NAVIGATING SHORTAGES: 
R.I. environmental police officer Jacob Malone, left, checks the size of striped bass caught by two unidentified fishermen in Narragansett Bay. The R.I. Department of Environmental Management says staff shortages have made it difficult to schedule such law enforcement ­operations. 
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DAVID HANSEN

HELP WANTED: There are 1,700 unfilled state jobs, but has anyone...

Stacy Smith says the job for “front-line” workers at the R.I. Department of Human Services isn’t easy in normal times, but the labor market...
ESSENTIAL WORKERS? Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s fiscal 2024 budget plan would authorize spending for all 1,700 open positions in state government.
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Direct spending for state jobs to those most needed

Finding qualified people to take state government jobs has become harder than ever, leaving some high-stress departments woefully short. Instead of focusing attention and resources...
Tom Giordano

R.I.’s top CEOs are backing Question 1

Publicly funded higher education and private industry rely upon each other. Public institutions of higher education – when properly funded and with adequate infrastructure...

Some candidates see edge in forming teams

Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller can’t ever remember candidates for Rhode Island governor and lieutenant governor teaming up as though they were...

2 newcomers running well-funded gubernatorial campaigns

Two businesswomen running for governor who are also mounting their first political campaigns have so far led the way in digging into their personal...
NEW LIFE? After sitting vacant for nine years, Providence’s “Superman” building would be revived for residential and other uses under a $220 million plan that still needs some city ­approvals. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Saving ‘Superman’ part of bold post-COVID vision

It was a scene reminiscent of a 2003 gathering in the governor’s office that was then occupied by Republican Donald L. Carcieri. At that...

R.I.’s name returns to spotlight

Dropping “Providence Plantations” from Rhode Island’s official documents and websites is a start, but activists and others say state leaders need to do much...
FACE TIME: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at one of the daily briefings she has given during the crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Raimondo’s leadership, transparency earn praise

State governors are ­typically not front and center during a national crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the U.S. has pushed governors to...
BRIDGE BUZZ: Bryan Lavin, an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Hospitality Management, says the pedestrian bridge in Providence has been generating positive reviews in the tourism space. / BN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. tourism inches toward sustainability as threats from climate change, ‘overtourism’...

About 25 million visitors drive, fly and sail into Rhode Island each year. Mansions, restaurants, theaters and historical sites attract their fair share of...
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