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Hatfield highlights Bank of America commitment to fight racial, economic inequality

PROVIDENCE – William F. Hatfield, Bank of America Corp. market president in Rhode Island, pledged to collaborate with community members and institutions in determining...
SPOT-CHECKED: Green Ink’s boutique in North Kingstown has been visited twice by state officials to ensure the business is following pandemic guidelines, according to owner Bethany Mazza. Green Ink’s other location, in Providence, also has been checked twice. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

R.I. rethinks ‘light touch’ in enforcing reopening protocols

The state has laid out plenty of rules for its phased reopening plans in recent weeks on mask wearing, social distancing and capacity, but...

Boston Fed leader predicts double-digit unemployment through 2020

PROVIDENCE – At first glance, the latest unemployment numbers indicate the economy might be starting to bounce back. But that data fails to capture the...

R.I. congressional delegation: new stimulus needed for states, cities; $600 weekly...

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island congressional delegation on Monday said an additional stimulus package will be needed to help cities and towns manage the...

Lt. Gov. McKee floats relief plan on his own

Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee is proposing using a portion of Rhode Island’s $1.25 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds to create grant and...
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget...
VALUABLE ADVICE: John Perrotti, owner of Mobility Equipment LLC, says the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce helped break down complex loan programs into “layman’s terms” and provided guidance on how to keep customers and employees safe while remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. chambers of commerce under pressure to help keep members informed,...

Elizabeth Catucci’s daily routine has shifted dramatically in recent weeks. The president of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce starts her day early, filtering...

Coronavirus raises workplace issues

Fears of a coronavirus pandemic are growing by the day, but employers looking to limit the chances of an outbreak in their workplaces could...

R.I. Foundation unveils 10-year plan, $1M commitment to improve public education

PROVIDENCE – Within the last two years, Rhode Island has started making the long journey to repair the public education system in the state. In...
HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO, pictured during a legislative session in 2019, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio answered questions at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative luncheon on Wednesday. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA

Mattiello: Perennial deficit ‘not an appropriate way to run a government’

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello told business leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t object to many of the economic and educational initiatives contained...

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