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R.I. STATE REP. Carlos E. Tobon, D-Pawtucket, is co-chair of the House ARPA Task Force, which will have a say in how the state spends its $1.1 billion slice of the American Rescue Plan Act funding. PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

House ARPA chairman: ‘Surgical’ approach needed in spending $1.1B

Billions of federal dollars have been bestowed upon Rhode Island through COVID-19 relief funding, but a large portion of the money sits unused as...
A PROPOSED WAYLAND SQUARE mixed-use residential project is favoring bicycles instead of parking spaces, but the Providence City Plan Commission still has questions about the plans. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION

Lack of parking at proposed projects stirring debate

More and more frequently, proposals for new apartment buildings in Providence are including less and less on-site parking, and that’s perfectly fine with some...
BLOCK ISLAND'S TOP TOURISM official says the summer destination had a great high season in 2021, and the good times are continuing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

‘High-spending’ visitors give Block Island a big lift

Block Island’s business owners are in a celebratory mood after a summer tourism season that saw visitors eager to open their wallets and spend,...

For big R.I. firms, Biden mandate doesn’t change vaccine plans

Many Rhode Island companies that have already committed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates say they’re sticking with their deadlines rather than waiting for President Joe...
MATTHEW WELDON, director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, says communication with the unemployed people who have lost their federal unemployment benefits is crucial to get them matched up with a job. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Getting the unemployed to take unfilled jobs isn’t so simple

About 45,000 Rhode Islanders have lost their federal unemployment benefits, but prodding them back into the workforce to ease a labor shortage in some...

Brewers: R.I. law hurts direct sales

A new state law allows Rhode Island brewers to sell twice as much beer directly to consumers than they could before, but local beermakers...
BLOUNT FINE FOODS CORP. CEO and President Todd Blount speaks with an employee at the company's Fall River facility. PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Clam cakes and chowder? Pulling out stops to attract workers

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending Rhode Island’s job market, employers are desperate to fill positions, utilizing creative tactics to draw new employees. Due to high...

How will states tax remote work?

After finally getting the hang of remote work, employers could face new headaches around tax policies for workers whose home offices had them working...
MARK DEPASQUALE is CEO and founder of Green Development LLC, a renewable energy developer that is decrying Gov. Daniel J. McKee's veto of a bill related to interconnection costs. PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Green energy developer: Veto could hinder future projects

A renewable energy developer says Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s veto of legislation that would have changed the process and charges to interconnect solar projects...
BEACH HOMES such as this one in Narragansett are hot commodities on the rental market this summer, according to local tourism officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Growing number of ‘homestays’ giving R.I. tourism a big boost

Tourism officials in Rhode Island’s shoreline communities are preparing for a bustling summer season based, in part, on the large number of home rentals...

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