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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...
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...

What’s the #1 issue state lawmakers need to address when the...

State lawmakers only recently passed a fiscal 2021 budget after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They get back at it this month,...
R.I. HOUSE SPEAKER nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi confirmed Tuesday that the House will convene in January at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. / PBN FILE PHOTO

House members to begin meeting in person at Vets Memorial Jan....

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker-nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, said Tuesday that the House will convene in person by renting out the Veterans Memorial Auditorium...
REP. MARVIN ABNEY, D-Newport, the chairman of the House Finance Committee, discusses the fiscal 2021 state budget, which the House approved Wednesday. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

R.I. House approves $12.75B state budget for fiscal 2021

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House approved a $12.75 billion budget Wednesday afternoon, one that distributes federal pandemic aid and general fund revenues among existing...

House expected to vote Wednesday on $12.7B state budget for fiscal...

PROVIDENCE – A budget nearly a year in the making and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be approved on Wednesday by...

Will vaccine panels work together?

The newly formed House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force could offer some early insights into how Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the presumptive next House...

Marijuana debate needs full airing

Last December, Statehouse Democratic leaders came out against an anticipated proposal from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults. They’d...

Some remain unswayed on marijuana proposal

Legalized recreational marijuana seemed like a long shot when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo proposed it as a revenue generator 10 months ago, but a...

Bill would set process to fill lt. gov. vacancy

PROVIDENCE – State Rep. Arthur J. Corvese, D-North Providence, says he will file legislation to fix the uncertainty about what happens when the lieutenant...

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