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Tax on sugary drinks too big a burden

As a small-business owner here in Providence, I know firsthand how difficult the past year has been for our local establishments. While Rhode Islanders...
TWO BEATS: Rep. Raymond A. Hull, a commanding officer in the Providence Police Department’s Public Housing Unit, says it can be a lot of work to get up to speed on crucial measures before making an informed decision. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should Rhode Island explore alternatives to a part-time General Assembly?

Nine states have part-time legislatures that are similar to Rhode Island’s, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Four others have part-time lawmakers with...

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...

Lawyers only constant in ever-evolving General Assembly

Farmers were a powerful voting bloc in Rhode Island in the early days of statehood and ruled the General Assembly. That’s because the structure of...
JACKS OF ALL TRADES: Because Rhode Island’s General Assembly serves part time, the 75 representatives and 38 senators make their living in a variety of other ways, including as lawyers, teachers, bankers, public employees and health care workers. Fifteen are retirees. The “other” category includes two stay-at-home parents, two farmers, a carpenter, a landscaper, a law student and a Ph.D. student. Four citizen legislators are featured on Pages 14 and 15. / SOURCE: R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIALS  /  ILLUSTRATION: PBN/ANNE EWING

DOUBLE DUTY: Should R.I.’s citizen legislature become a full-time body?

Every year, Rhode Island’s 113-member citizen legislature has plenty to pack into a six-month session. This year has been no different. Major issues debated include...
ON THE FENCE: Sen. Kendra Anderson, D-Warwick, is a freshman lawmaker and school teacher who loves all the research she needs to do on legislation. But she also thinks part-time lawmakers could do a better job if they had more time.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Is a part-time General Assembly still right for Rhode Island?

As anyone who has witnessed the mad scramble of legislative activity at the end of each year’s General Assembly session can attest, it is...

Bills advance Providence pension obligation bond idea, with higher borrowing limit

PROVIDENCE – Legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly last week would let the city borrow up to $750 million to shore...
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’...
A FEW TRAVELERS make their way through the security line in the terminal at T.F. Green Airport. Airport officials hope legislation to change the name of the airport will help boost the number of passengers who come through the state's largest airport. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Can name change give T.F. Green a lift?

After three years of trying to change the name of T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, state aviation officials may finally get their wish. Officials such...
EARNING A SHOT: Talia Thibodeau, a standout basketball player in high school, worried how she would pay for college after she graduated but is working toward an associate degree tuition-free from the Community College of Rhode Island thanks to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will R.I. Promise last after Raimondo leaves?

Talia Thibodeau faced an uncertain future as she prepared to graduate from Cranston High School West last June. Thibodeau, a standout basketball player, wanted to...

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