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Commission focus to lure sailing events to R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Legislation creating a permanent commission to help the state attract national and international sailing events has been signed into law, according to...
THE RHODE ISLAND General Assembly passed several bills in a special session Tuesday that will now head to Gov. Gina M. Raimono's desk. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

General Assembly special session roundup

PROVIDENCE - The General Assembly met on Tuesday for a special session and passed several bills that will now head to Gov. Gina M....
DAVID SALVATORE IS the government affairs director for the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and a Providence City Councilman, representing a district that includes Elmhurst and Wanskuck. /COURTESY DAVID SALVATORE

Five Questions With: David Salvatore

David Salvatore is a Providence City Councilman, representing a district that includes Elmhurst and Wanskuck. He’s also the government affairs director for the Rhode...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND'S Knight campus in Warwick. /COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

‘Promise’ residency rule made to be broken?

In the waning days of the General Assembly session, legislators wanted changes made to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program, the promise of two...

Fiscal 2018 budget process not a joy to behold

One month after adjourning without a budget for fiscal 2018, the two houses of Rhode Island’s General Assembly resolved their differences and agreed to...
PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
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