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BATTLE TESTED: ­Margaux Morisseau, co-chair of the Rhode Island Coalition for Payday Reform, has been fighting against payday lenders and the lobbyists for years, and she feels the momentum is swinging her group’s way now. 

Activists won’t abandon payday lending fight

It has not been a lucky year for Georgina Paulino. The Westerly resident’s partner was injured and is out of work. The care of...

Every legislative action can influence R.I.’s business ranking

To the Editor: The recent CNBC report on the business friendliness of each of the 50 states clearly demonstrates that national analysts pay close attention...
ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS R.I. Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor, left, says he'll take now that the $14 billion fiscal 2024 state budget has been approved is hiring staff members for the R.I. Office of Housing and Community Development. The budget included funding for 21 full-time equivalent positions. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL

Housing advocates pleased with legislative strides, but are they enough?

With this year’s legislative session over and the $14 billion fiscal 2024 budget settled, the state's top housing official and affordable housing advocates say...

Shekarchi, Ruggerio reflect on 2023 legislative session

Just days after the Rhode Island General Assembly ended in a marathon, 10-hour session, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi is back at work. Sitting in...
THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS passing through Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport is climbing, and the Transportation Security Administration is projecting volume will grow this summer. The state is spending $4.5 million to promote air travel to Rhode Island. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

R.I. airport passenger volume growing, but is it enough?

Things are looking up at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport with passenger counts climbing as the summer tourism season arrives and a $4.5...

Senate approves record $14B state budget

PROVIDENCE – It’s all over but the signing. By a 32-4 vote, the R.I. Senate on Thursday approved a $14 billion fiscal 2024 budget, a...

Health, higher ed leaders eye collaboration on proposed life sciences hub

PROVIDENCE – Between her work at Brown University and Care New England Health System, Dr. Audrey Tyrka sees a wealth of promising health innovation...

R.I. Senate passes shoreline access bill 

After decades of debate, each chamber of the Rhode Island General Assembly has finally reached agreement on defining public shoreline access.  The only problem? The...
GROWTH PLAN: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, left, speaks during an October press conference supporting state investment in the biotechnology and life sciences sector. Also pictured are Robert  Coughlin, middle, and Travis McCready of JLL Inc. 

There’s hope for life sciences success

National lists and rankings of business activity are usually not kind to the Ocean State, where the business climate annually ranks among the nation’s...

Can biotech hubs coexist?

While Boston has long stood as a regional and ­national life sciences capital, Rhode Island officials and industry leaders believe the Ocean State has...
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