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Jane A. Hayward

Make healthy lives for all Rhode Islanders a top priority

Over the last few years, we’ve worked closely together as co-chairs of the Rhode Island Foundation-initiated long-term health planning effort. During that time, we’ve...
CHRISTOPHER C. BICHO stands in a renovated, antique firehouse in Newport in 2019. He rents the firehouse as an Airbnb site. Bicho says he doesn't mind registering his site with a regulator, but he thinks oversight of short-term rental properties should be handled by either the state or the local government, not both. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Will R.I.’s new short-term rental property registry be too burdensome?

Now that every short-term rental property in Rhode Island listed on online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO will be required to register with...

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...
FLUSH WITH CASH: State lawmakers have access to more money than they have things to spend it on at the start of 2022, including about $1 billion in new federal pandemic aid. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Look past election year for big ideas on pandemic aid

While the health and financial threats posed by an ongoing pandemic remain ever-present in the Ocean State, the General Assembly begins 2022 in the...
JOHN MARION, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says the state's legislative redistricting process is flawed and open to abuse and needs to be changed. Pictured is the R.I. Statehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Does public need more input in R.I.’s redistricting process?

The process that shifts the political landscape every 10 years with the redrawing of legislative district boundaries should include inviting more public input through...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...
TIME TO ACT: Gov. Daniel J. McKee has not been able to convince General Assembly leaders to commit to a vote this year on his request to spend some American Rescue Plan Act funding now. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

State leaders must get on same page on ARPA spending

Rhode Island officials have not gotten off to a good start in engendering confidence that they can be counted on to make the best...

Tourism desperate to get ARPA aid

A proposed $13 million investment in Rhode Island’s travel, tourism and events sectors would come as a well-timed boost, according to tourism leaders, but...

McKee signs safe-injection-site bill, other health care initiatives

PROVIDENCE - A first-of-its-kind program that would offer safe, supervised places to use illegal substances to offer safe injection sites was among a series...

Do you agree with Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s plan to spend...

After months of resisting calls to begin spending some of an estimated $1.1 billion in new federal pandemic aid, Gov. Daniel J. McKee recently...

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