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HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...

Chamber opposes Raimondo sales tax expansion

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has recommended an expansion of the state sales tax to include professional services associated with commercial buildings, such as landscaping,...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signed an executive order creating a government efficiency commission to evaluate departments for potential real estate and programmatic streamlining. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo creates efficiency commission to cut spending, streamline departments

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order Thursday that created a statewide Government Efficiency Commission that will make recommendations to cut...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has announced an initiative to preserve Rhode Island's state parks and beaches through an increase in investment and an effort to modernize the state properties to accommodate and cater to visitor's expectations and needs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo seeks to modernize, increase investment in state parks, beaches

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced an initiative to modernize and increase investment into the state’s parks and beaches Monday.The governor cited a...
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION has made Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the Aquidneck Island gas outage.

SBA offers disaster assistance to small businesses, nonprofits affected by Aquidneck...

NEWPORT – The U.S. Small Business Administration has made low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to Rhode Island small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small...

PBN Economic Trends Summit: R.I. improving but future optimism guarded

PROVIDENCE – Graphs with various economic indicators showing a giant dive in 2008-2009 followed by a steady upward line to today flew on big...
RHODE ISLAND has been selected as one of four states to receive a $300,000 fitness equipment gift from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils as part of the foundation’s “DON’T QUIT!” campaign.

R.I. among 4 states selected for $300K fitness equipment gift

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has been selected as one of four states to receive a $300,000 fitness equipment gift from the National Foundation for...
BETTER THAN EXPECTED: Adrien Hebert, left, co-owner and chief financial officer, speaks with Bob Laferriere, operations manager, at Trans-Tex, a company in Cranston that makes lanyards, sports merchandise, small-equipment pieces and other items. Hebert said business in January was better than expected.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business costs are rising but owners still confident in growth plans,...

Most Rhode Island businesses are doing well and have positive outlooks for themselves and the economy for 2019, though their confidence is not quite...
ASSESSMENT FEE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed a fiscal 2020 budget that includes a Medicaid Employer Assessment Fee, which if approved would annually charge companies that employ 300 or more workers as much as a $1,500 penalty per employee who was not offered health insurance but then qualified for state-supported Medicaid.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo proposes new fee to ensure employers offer health insurance

A powerful disincentive for not offering employees health care insurance is included in the proposed 2020 budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.If a...
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