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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...
Michael DiBiase

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...
RHODE ISLAND could see $800 million less in revenue over the next two years, according to new budget estimates. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

R.I. expected to lose nearly $800M due to COVID-19-inspired losses in...

PROVIDENCE – The state faces a nearly $800 million shortfall in revenue between this fiscal year and next, according to estimates released Friday that...
Joshua Giraldo / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Joshua Giraldo, Central Falls state representative

Joshua Giraldo | Democratic state representative, Central Falls 1. What role do you think state leaders and elected officials should play in addressing COVID-19?...

J. Goodison Co. receives $504K federal grant to purchase new shipyard...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – J. Goodison Co. is one of 24 recipients awarded $19.6 million in discretionary grants through the federal Small Shipyard Grant Program,...

Legislators announce formation of COVID-19 Emergency Spending Task Force

PROVIDENCE – Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello announced April 21 the formation of a Joint Legislative COVID-19 Emergency...
Karen Santilli, / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Five Questions With: Karen Santilli

Karen Santilli | CEO and president, Crossroads Rhode Island 1. You’ve been urging the state to establish a permanent funding stream for housing. Has...

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