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RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...

Economic Progress Institute touts key wins in R.I. FY 2023 budget

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s $13.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget makes some substantial investments in both the state and its residents, while leaving on...
Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies

Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies | Executive director, Economic Progress Institute 1. How would you describe the Economic Progress Institute and its mission? At EPI, our mission is to advocate...

New polling shows support for R.I. payday lending reform

PROVIDENCE – After years of failed attempts to regulate payday loans in Rhode Island, state lawmakers have a new weapon in their arsenal this...
WEAYONNOH NELSON-DAVIES has been named the new executive director of The Economic Progress Institute in Providence. / COURTESY THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE

Economic Progress Institute names Nelson-Davies new executive director

PROVIDENCE – Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, who served as managing attorney at Massachusetts-based nonprofit Community Legal Aid, has been named The Economic Progress Institute’s new executive...

R.I. Office of Revenue Analysis: Film tax credit program rife with...

PROVIDENCE – Not only is the state losing money on its motion picture tax credit program, but a majority of the companies that get...

RIF unveils ‘Make It Happen’ principles, timeline for ARPA spending

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island Foundation-led initiative to offer advice on how state leaders should spend more than $1 billion from the American Rescue...

Payday loan reform bills return to General Assembly

PROVIDENCE – State lawmakers are once again considering cracking down on payday lenders. Legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly and discussed in...
RHODE ISLAND OFFICIALS have made changes to the unemployment insurance benefits, which will go into effect on May 23. The changes are intended to persuade more people to return to the workforce. / AP FILE PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

Will changes to R.I.’s unemployment policies ease hiring woes?

The age-old debate between academia and the business world has resurfaced, this time over whether generous unemployment insurance benefits are to blame for employers’...
THE UNITED WAY of Rhode Island has awarded $4.5 million in grants to 72 local nonprofits to help stem racial inequality in the state.

United Way of R.I. awards $4.5M in grants to organizations promoting...

PROVIDENCE – As part of the United Way of Rhode Island’s five-year, $100 million plan to create transformative change in the Ocean State, the nonprofit...
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