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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...
BALANCING ACT: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is beginning a phased reopening of the state’s economy but says it will be quickly halted if the state sees a surge in new cases of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Do state leaders have the right spending priorities for $1.25 billion...

Rhode Island as of June 9 had spent or committed less than $185 million of $1.25 billion received from the federal government for expenses...
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Pandemic offers R.I. leaders a chance to reassess priorities

Rhode Island has been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than most states, and the economic fallout has left the General Assembly with a...

Supplement to fiscal 2020 state budget could be considered next week

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. General Assembly may consider a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year next week, according to a press statement. The...

R.I. Energy Council, RIMA call for suspension of energy-efficiency program

BRISTOL – The Energy Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association are calling on the General Assembly to suspend the Energy...
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget...

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