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PROBLEM AREA: The structural problems at Rogers High School in Newport are evident in the water-infiltration damage, which has affected both the interior and exterior of the building, which was completed in 1958. Jeff Watts, the school’s plant engineer, looks at one of the affected areas outside. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Paying for badly needed school upgrades now will limit future borrowing....

Trinity Briceno, a senior at Cranston East High School, didn’t attend school between December and April. She was hospitalized in November after students and teachers...

Raising minimum wage boosts economy

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour is one of the best things we can do to simultaneously help low-wage, working families and...
CONCERNED: Keynote speaker Mark W. Everson, vice chairman of alliantgroup, a Texas-based tax-services provider, addresses the crowd at the Providence Business News 2018 Tax Reform Summit. He says the growing budget deficit is a top concern. / PBN PHOTO/
MIKE SKORSKI

Uncertainty reigns on impact of tax changes

Anyone who thought the new tax law would result in a simpler tax code would be sorely mistaken. If anything, parts of the sweeping new...
STUCK: Uber and Lyft driver Sean DeLong’s professional background in business-operations management doesn’t lend itself to highly technical jobs, but his education and experience over-qualify him for most low-wage jobs, which has made it difficult for him to find a job since being laid off in 2015. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Behind seemingly positive employment data is structural weakness that in the...

Sean DeLong, 42, has applied for more than 800 jobs in Rhode ­Island and southeastern ­Massachusetts since November 2015. On average, he gets about one...

Rhode Island must pursue revenue growth

Chicken Little and the elephant in the room: Is the revenue sky really falling? As we approach the end of the 2017 General Assembly, there...
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