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THE R.I. SENATE finance committee will begin its review of the International Game Technology PLC contract next week. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ PAM BHATIA

Did state Democratic leaders make the right call delaying decisions on...

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, all Democrats, on Sept. 11 announced that the General...
LONG WAIT: State Democratic leaders plan to wait until after the election in November to approve a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Delaying tough budget decisions until November is self-serving

No elected official wants to make decisions that could cost people their jobs, or funding needed to carry out valued community services. Such responsibility...

Cities, towns irked by lack of aid, withholding of revenue

As government coffers shrink, financial tensions between Rhode Island municipal and state leaders are growing. The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns recently criticized...
LOOKING FOR IMMUNITY: David Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, says employers should be protected from COVID-19-related lawsuits if they’re following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. companies push for COVID-19 liability protection

If an employee gets sick with the novel coronavirus, should they be allowed to file a worker’s compensation claim or a lawsuit against their...

R.I. Senate passes bill requiring coverage of colorectal screening

PROVIDENCE – Legislation requiring insurers to provide full coverage for colorectal cancer screening passed the R.I. Senate on Thursday, and is now bound for...

R.I. General Assembly to reconvene next week, committees begin budget work...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. General Assembly is expected to reconvene next week to consider the fiscal 2021 budget. In preparation, two key committees will...
TIME TO LET GO: Visitors to the Statehouse can see the seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence ­Plantations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Is it time to remove “and Providence Plantations” from the state’s...

Ten years ago, Rhode Island voters overwhelmingly rejected eliminating "Providence Plantations" from the state's official name. Statehouse leaders have said they'll pass legislation giving voters...

R.I.’s name returns to spotlight

Dropping “Providence Plantations” from Rhode Island’s official documents and websites is a start, but activists and others say state leaders need to do much...

Rhode Island outlaws manufacture, sale, possession of untraceable firearms

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on June 23 signed into law legislation to prohibit the manufacture, transfer, purchase or possession of any plastic,...

Amended state budget of $11.8B proposed for current fiscal year, relies...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House Finance committee released a new version of the state’s fiscal 2020 budget Monday, one designed to plug a hole...

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