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The state's fiscal 2018 budget has been approved./ PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

State advises departments, cities to prepare for reduced funding

PROVIDENCE – State budget officials have advised department and agency leaders that the failure of the General Assembly to approve a fiscal 2018 budget...

General Assembly approves bill banning hand-held phone use by drivers

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly on June 30 outlawed the use of any nonhands-free personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, except...
LEADING BY FOLLOWING: House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has promised a House hearing on a Senate-passed financing plan for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox. But the Cranston Democrat thinks most voters oppose public financing for the ballpark and has said he’s inclined to follow their will on the issue. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Last-minute legislation is sure to do harm to Rhode Island

As the General Assembly brought the 2017 session to a close, Rhode Island’s citizens were confronted once again with the last-minute introduction of legislation...
R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, on June 15 unveiled the Democrat's $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Should the General Assembly have “scooped” at least $29 million from...

With an estimated $134 million budget deficit for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the General Assembly had to make some difficult choices to balance...

Speaker’s car tax plan is a non-starter

“By 2020, seven out of 10 jobs in Rhode Island will require at least a credential or a degree beyond high school, but only...
HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello is maintaining he won his Cranston seat, according to media reports, despite unofficial results showing him 147 votes behind challenger Steven Frias. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Mattiello introduces bill to end car tax

PROVIDENCE - House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello introduced legislation Tuesday that would end the Rhode Island excise tax on automobiles by fiscal 2024. The...
STEFAN PRYOR, the R.I. Secretary of Commerce, said, “This access to R&D capital will undoubtedly help these entrepreneurs and small businesses take great steps forward, and may just be the crucial spark in a game-changing discovery.” /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Six R.I. companies chosen for innovation vouchers

PROVIDENCE - Six Rhode Island companies have been selected to receive innovation vouchers from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the R.I. Commerce Corp. in partnership...

Who pays for R.I. car-tax cuts?

The car tax in Rhode Island is so unevenly collected and disproportionately important to town coffers that reducing it raises a host of secondary...
NEW SKILLS: Bernadette Durkin is using the skills she learned during the October 2016 Rhode Island College and General Assembly computer science boot camp to help her fifth-grade class at Cumberland Hill School in Cumberland learn to code. From left, Luke Plumer, 11, foreground; Leah Mandeville, 11; Durkin; and Adriana Panagoulopoulos, 10. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CS4RI, GA host boot camp to help teachers learn to code

“Minimal” was how Bernadette Durkin described her computer-coding knowledge prior to a professional-development continuing studies course she took at Rhode Island College in ­October.“I’m...
HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS A. Mattiello speaks at the annual "Eggs and Issues" breakfast on Wednesday in Lincoln.

Mattiello addresses car tax, sick leave, college tuition and minimum wage...

 LINCOLN –House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, told an audience of business owners and officials Wednesday the state needs to eliminate the car tax...
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