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BAD FOR TAXPAYERS? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Sept. 16 said a new Small Business Development Fund approved by state lawmakers was not good for taxpayers. She supports R.I. Commerce Corp.’s plans to create rules to ensure proper oversight of tax credits approved under the program.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Tax-credit program needs strong oversight to pay off

Economic-development officials took a good step on Sept. 16 in agreeing to create clear rules ahead of the rollout of a new tax-credit program...
A GOOD BET? TWIN RIVER WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS is challenging the contract that Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the General Assembly reached with International Game Technology that ties the company and 1,100 jobs to Rhode Island until 2043 while providing the technology that is used by all channels of gaming overseen by the R.I. Lottery. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Is the 20-year extension of IGT’s contract to provide technology to...

When Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and leaders of the General Assembly announced a proposal to extend International Game Technology PLC’s contract to provide technology...

Raimondo renews call for tougher gun laws

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Aug. 5 renewed calls for tougher gun laws in the state, following mass shootings in Texas and...
PRINCIPAL PRESSURES: East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said salary levels, work schedules, increased demands and public scrutiny could be reasons why principal positions seem to be less desirable than in the past. / PBN PHOTO/PAM BHATIA

Raimondo signs bill to fast-track principal certification in R.I.

East Providence School District Superintendent Kathryn Crowley can think of a handful of employees who she predicts would make good school principals. But for...

Lining up for next windfall

In November 1998, Rhode Island was part of a historic settlement with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking...

GA passes bill to streamline regulations for blockchain financial applications

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has recently approved legislation that would clarify and streamline regulations for financial transactions using blockchain technology.The bill had not...

Financial-exploitation protections for seniors, disabled approved by GA

PROVIDENCE – Certain individuals would be required to report cases of suspected financial exploitation of people age 60 or older and of younger people...
State Sen. William J. Conley Jr., D-East Providence, left, and state Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr., D-Warwick, introduced legislation as part of the fiscal 2020 budget that created a small business loan and tax credit program that is designed to help small businesses gain access to capital they could not get previously. The legislation was passed as part of the budget. / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Is the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund approved by the...

At the last minute of its 2019 session, the General Assembly created the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund to encourage private investment in...

GA failure on energy costs us all

The recently ended legislative session let die two bills passed by the Senate, ones that on their face would seem to make strange bedfellows...

GA passes law allowing workers to bid for biz following mass...

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has approved legislation to notify workers of their opportunity to organize a cooperative and make a bid to buy...
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