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THE TURN OF THE CALENDAR YEAR triggered changes in Rhode Island tax law, minimum wage and transferred federally mandated ACA-related responsibilities to the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

With new year, new R.I. rules take effect

PROVIDENCE – With the advent of the new calendar year, new provisions from the fiscal 2018 budget have taken effect.The 2018 fiscal year budget...

Fiscal 2018 budget process not a joy to behold

One month after adjourning without a budget for fiscal 2018, the two houses of Rhode Island’s General Assembly resolved their differences and agreed to...
The state's fiscal 2018 budget has been approved./ PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Governor signs fiscal 2018 budget

PROVIDENCE – The fiscal 2018 budget impasse is no more. Legislators resolved their differences over the budget that was to have begun July 1,...
PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unfinished General Assembly session leaves major business issues up in the...

The General Assembly’s abrupt ending to its legislative session left several bills in limbo, including most notably the $9.2 billion tax-and-spending plan for fiscal...
BACK SO SOON? House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio are playing with Rhode Island’s economic future, but the state’s citizens have very little power to force a change in their behavior. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does budget impasse mean it is time to recall legislative leaders?

Two weeks into the hostage-taking of Rhode Island by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, and with no end...
The state's fiscal 2018 budget has been approved./ PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Schools face up to $45M in reduced state aid due to...

PROVIDENCE – Education officials in Rhode Island are bracing for up to $45 million in cuts to local schools due to the continuing delay...
The state's fiscal 2018 budget has been approved./ PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

State advises departments, cities to prepare for reduced funding

PROVIDENCE – State budget officials have advised department and agency leaders that the failure of the General Assembly to approve a fiscal 2018 budget...
Rhode Island's budget impasse is being followed by independent ratings agencies./PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Ratings agencies following budget impasse

NEW YORK – Rhode Island’s budget impasse is on the radar of independent ratings services companies, with Fitch Ratings on Thursday describing it as...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO speaks to reporters Wednesday about the state budget impasse./PBN PHOTO/ MARY MACDONALD

Raimondo: legislative leaders need to resolve differences, pass a budget

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said Wednesday legislative leaders need to reconcile their differences on the state’s fiscal 2018 budget, and present a...
R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, on June 15 unveiled the Democrat's $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Should the General Assembly have “scooped” at least $29 million from...

With an estimated $134 million budget deficit for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the General Assembly had to make some difficult choices to balance...
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