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GA passes law allowing workers to bid for biz following mass...

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has approved legislation to notify workers of their opportunity to organize a cooperative and make a bid to buy...

Five Questions With: Frank S. Lombardi

Newly approved legislation by the General Assembly will allow homeowners in Rhode Island to create attached accessory apartments for family members, which can now...
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY passed a bill that alters the Hospital Conversions Act to extend review of hospital acquisitions. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

General Assembly passes changes to strengthen Hospital Conversion Act

PROVIDENCE – A bill passed by the General Assembly over the weekend amends the Hospital Conversions Act to increase oversight time for hospital conversions...
IN THE DARK: General Assembly leaders Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, the speaker of the House, and Dominick J. Ruggerio, Senate president, have left the budget for the next fiscal year until the last minute, a tradition that does not serve the state well.
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Yet again, a broken budget process leaves public in the dark

It’s no surprise that the budget for the next fiscal year is being voted on by the General Assembly at the last second. That...
A BULLY PULPIT? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has taken an active role in trying to get Lifespan and Care New England to complete a merger they have tried twice before, spending political capital that she has seemed reluctant to do in the past.
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A more muscular Raimondo is a good thing for Rhode Island

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has stepped in and told Rhode Island’s two health care systems – Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System...
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Five Questions With June Speakman

Rep. June Speakman | Democrat, Bristol 1. You decided to seek office while working at Roger Williams University. How did that affect you as a...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND President David M. Dooley appeared before the House Finance Committee Monday in support of legislation that would create a URI board of trustees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dooley testifies for bill to create URI board of trustees

PROVIDENCE – University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley told lawmakers Monday that URI urgently needs its own board of trustees, arguing that...

Is GA tipping scales toward labor?

Republican Rep. Brian C. Newberry thinks unions wield too much power in Rhode Island and worries the General Assembly, controlled by Democrats, will tip...

Legislation shows a lack of courage in General Assembly

As they say, timing is everything. And in this case, it’s just a little scary. On April 29 General Treasurer Seth Magaziner issued a report...
JOB KILLER? Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a call by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to raise the state's minimum wage in 2020 to $11.10 per hour. Many businesses feel that it will lead to less hiring if it is put in place. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Should the General Assembly follow Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s lead and...

After going up for a second consecutive year to $10.50 per hour at the beginning of 2019, there is talk about adding another 60...
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