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WAITING GAME: Local communities are growing frustrated waiting for a new state budget. Above, Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is among hundreds of city workers forced to file for unemployment one day each week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No more waiting: Time for hard decisions on the state budget

State leaders are about to finally get to work – several months too late – determining the near-term fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on...
MOST RHODE ISLAND voters approve Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's job performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey released Thursday by the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Poll: Most R.I. voters approve job performance of state leaders during...

SMITHFIELD – Most of the 410 Rhode Island voters surveyed by Fleming & Associates rate the job performance of state elected leaders during the...

Lining up for next windfall

In November 1998, Rhode Island was part of a historic settlement with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking...

Raimondo flexes political muscle

By halting a proposed acquisition of Care New England Health System by Boston-based Partners HealthCare, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is showing leadership despite the...

The exploding debt crisis

The rising tide of red ink is undermining the economic and social fabric of the United States. Unchecked deficit spending will impose outrageous debt...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO secured the endorsement of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO for the November gubernatorial election./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Endorsements still matter in R.I.

The value of the union endorsement may not be what it was in the 1950s, when union membership was stronger in Rhode Island and...

Education, economic policy linked for gubernatorial candidates

By many measures, Rhode Island has long had a troubled education system. While most major gubernatorial candidates have at least paid lip service to...

Loss of PawSox hurts state’s image

What price will Rhode Island’s elected officials pay for the loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox? As things stand today, not enough to cost anyone...

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