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Unfinished General Assembly session leaves major business issues up in the...

The General Assembly’s abrupt ending to its legislative session left several bills in limbo, including most notably the $9.2 billion tax-and-spending plan for fiscal...
BACK SO SOON? House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio are playing with Rhode Island’s economic future, but the state’s citizens have very little power to force a change in their behavior. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does budget impasse mean it is time to recall legislative leaders?

Two weeks into the hostage-taking of Rhode Island by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, and with no end...
The state's fiscal 2018 budget has been approved./ PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Schools face up to $45M in reduced state aid due to...

PROVIDENCE – Education officials in Rhode Island are bracing for up to $45 million in cuts to local schools due to the continuing delay...
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...
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