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THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY has approved a $9.6 billion budget to be sent to Governor Gina M. Raimondo to sign. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

General Assembly approves $9.6B budget for FY 2019

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly passed a $9.6 billion fiscal year 2019 budget Wednesday that, among many things, provides for the legalization of gambling...
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY has passed a bill that would guarantee that state law regarding driver's licenses and work authorization will continue to apply to DACA recipients, regardless of federal policy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

General Assembly passes legislation to protect DACA recipients in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly passed legislation Friday that would continue to protect undocumented immigrants that came to the United States as minors.The legislation...

Gov. erred in signing this version of revenge porn legislation

On June 4, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed into law an act passed by the General Assembly related to “revenge porn,” reversing a decision...
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A piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law required for the first time that companies disclose the ratio of their CEO’s pay to the median salary of its employees, although the employers were allowed to exclude some workers from the calculation. / Sources: Company filings (Some companies excluded non-U.S. employees and others.)

Pay ratio disclosures show wide gaps between CEOs, employees

Out of the 19 public companies that are based in or have significant ­operations within Rhode Island and have filed proxy statements recently, 14...
WHILE THE R.I. SENATE has passed legislation that creates the financing framework for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the House has yet to give an indication that it will vote on the deal to build the Ballpark at Slater Mill complex.

Should the R.I. House put the Pawtucket Red Sox deal passed...

Another week, another PawSox controversy. Build Rhode Island, a labor/management support organization in the construction trades, commissioned and then released a poll gauging public...
RHODE ISLAND MOVED UP to the No. 9 spot in a Business Insider list of the nation's top economies from No 33 last year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

What do you think should be the top priority for the...

The state General Assembly has hardly had a chance to get comfortable in its seats and already it is considering significant legislation, in this...
TIME TO VOTE: The Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 9 will hold a much-anticipated hearing on financing for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium. / COURTESY PAWTUCKET RED SOX

Are lawmakers ready to deal on PawSox?

The General Assembly has returned to work with a few critical topics to consider and a host of other issues that will likely lead...
DOLLARS WELL SPENT: The Rhode Island Promise scholarship program helped the Community College of Rhode Island grow enrollment of first-time, full-time students by nearly 50 percent in its first year. Will the General Assembly see clear to expand the program in the face of continuing budgetary pressure? / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

G.A.’s 2018 session sure to be a 
contentious, significant one

With an estimated $60 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2018 and another $200 million in fiscal 2019, Rhode Island’s elected leaders are faced with...
THE TURN OF THE CALENDAR YEAR triggered changes in Rhode Island tax law, minimum wage and transferred federally mandated ACA-related responsibilities to the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

With new year, new R.I. rules take effect

PROVIDENCE – With the advent of the new calendar year, new provisions from the fiscal 2018 budget have taken effect.The 2018 fiscal year budget...
A RENDERING OF THE PROPOSED "Ballpark at Slater Mill." / COURTESY PAWTUCKET RED SOX

Will the PawSox agree to the newly revised Pawtucket ballpark legislation,...

Following months of hearings, the Senate Finance Committee has revised proposed legislation to formalize the deal between the state, the city of Pawtucket and...
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