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BAD FOR TAXPAYERS? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Sept. 16 said a new Small Business Development Fund approved by state lawmakers was not good for taxpayers. She supports R.I. Commerce Corp.’s plans to create rules to ensure proper oversight of tax credits approved under the program.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Tax-credit program needs strong oversight to pay off

Economic-development officials took a good step on Sept. 16 in agreeing to create clear rules ahead of the rollout of a new tax-credit program...

Lawmakers bend rules for Hope Point

Even as the House reduced Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s request for incentives to replenish her economic programs, most notably the real estate development program...

On notice

How much notice do you require employees to give before they leave the company? 2-3 weeks: 100% Less than two weeks: 0% More than three weeks: 0% Do...

Offer more incentives to curb emissions

Most modern cities have measures to reduce congestion. But if their goal is to dramatically improve air quality and extend lives shortened by pollution,...

Get opportunity zones right

A new government incentive to encourage private investment where it is most needed presents tremendous potential in Rhode Island. The incentive comes in the form...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, March 5, 2019

Rhode Island’s solar industry has grown with the help of state incentives. What happens when they run out? Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy...
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Five Questions With Stefan Pryor

5Q: Stefan Pryor | Secretary of commerce, Rhode Island 1. What was it like being president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. in the aftermath...

Bonus points

Does your company offer perks or incentives to employees? Yes: 100% No: 0% What kind of perks do you offer employees? (Select multiple) Flexible schedules: 70% Company outings for...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
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Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...
ENERGIZED: Tim Blanchard, right, CEO of Energy Source, a Providence-based company that does energy-efficiency projects for businesses in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and beyond, speaks with Dalton Ling, energy-efficiency ­consultant.
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Energy Source shining light on savings

How do you persuade a business owner to spend thousands of dollars on energy-efficiency upgrades? Show them the money – that is, tell them...
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