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Trump funds pilot program for military veteran small-business owners

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is partnering with the Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network to establish a pilot training program for...
HYDROELECTRIC DAMS, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5 million megawatt-hours of power in April, eclipsing the 60 million that coal produced that month, Energy Information Administration data. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

For first time, renewables surpass coal in U.S. power mix

NEW YORK – For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean-energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP signed an executive order that requires HHS to propose a way to make health care providers and insurers give patients an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs ahead of service. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump order pushes for disclosure of secret health prices

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump called for hospitals to disclose to patients up front how much they charge for tests, surgeries and other...
U.S COMPANIES REPATRIATED $876.8 billion from the Republican overhaul of the international tax system and the end of the first quarter of 2019. President Donald Trump said $4 trillion would return as a result of the law. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Corporate America is repatriating a fraction of foreign profits

WASHINGTON – Corporations brought $100.2 billion of overseas profits back to the United States in the first quarter, marking $876.8 billion that has returned...
THE FEDERAL RESERVE left their key interest rate in a range of 2.25% to 2.5% on Wednesday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Fed scraps ‘patient’ rate approach in prelude to potential cut

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve indicated a readiness to cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade to sustain a...
CHARITABLE GIVING by individuals in the U.S. fell an estimated 3.4%, after adjusting for inflation, last year, following changes in the 2017 Republican tax overhaul, according to a report released Tuesday by Giving USA. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump’s tax law made Americans less charitable, nonprofits say

WASHINGTON – Americans gave less money to charities last year partly because the Republican tax law changes made many people ineligible for tax breaks...
NOT SATISFIED: Karl Wadensten, president and CEO of VIBCO in Richmond, said he is not satisfied with the North American Free Trade Agreement or the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because both are designed for each country’s best interest, rather than unifying North America in a three-way partnership.

R.I. manufacturers differ on USMCA regulations

With ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement dragging on longer than expected, Rhode Island manufacturers’ outlook on the proposed deal is mixed.Some say the...
DONALD TRUMP'S tariffs already in effect cost the average household about $831, according to research from the New York Federal Reserve, about $100 less than the an average tax cut of $930 for middle earners./ BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/QILAI SHEN

Trump’s tariffs have wiped out most families’ tax cut gains

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s trade wars have already wiped out all but $100 of the average American household’s windfall from Trump’s 2017...
THE U.S. TRADE deficit in goods and services shrank to $50.8 billion in April as both exports and imports declined. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

Exports, imports both plummet as U.S. trade deficit narrows

NEW YORK – The United States trade deficit narrowed in April as both exports and imports tumbled, highlighting the impact of President Donald Trump’s...
CHINA HAS RAISED tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of goods imported from the U.S. as of Saturday in China. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/QILAI SHEN

China tariff retaliation kicks in as trade war ratchets up

NEW YORK – China raised tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of goods imported from the U.S., implementing the promised retaliation to President...
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