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WITH POTENTIAL BUDGET DEFICITS looming in the coming years, business leaders say they understand why Gov. Daniel J. McKee's $13.7 billion budget proposal doesn't contain grand plans to provide relief for businesses in the state but instead chips away at certain areas. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

McKee’s budget proposal not ‘sweeping’ but seen as helping business

As the General Assembly prepares to consider Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget, observers say his proposals to help small businesses may...
MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE attended Providence Business News' 2024 Book of Lists Premier Event on Thursday at the Graduate Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN debuts 2024 Book of Lists

PROVIDENCE – More than 200 business and nonprofit representatives spent Thursday evening at the Graduate Providence networking with one another, as well as obtaining...
THE GREATER PROVIDENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE says it supports the recommendation by the city's Special Commission for Taxation and Revenue to lower the commercial property tax rate incrementally over five years despite there being no clear indication of the effect it might have on residential property taxes. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

5-year proposal to lower Providence’s commercial property tax lauded

A special commission's recommendations that the city of Providence revamp its tax structure and lower its "punishing" commercial property tax rate over five years...

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...

R.I. congressional delegates discuss rate hikes, Ukraine at Chamber breakfast

WARWICK – With the Federal Reserve scheduled to next meet on June 14 to set the short-term interest rate, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., on...
SENATE PRESIDENT Dominick J. Ruggerio has thrown his support behind legislation that would exempt businesses from being taxed on up to $100,000 of tangible property, such as office furniture or computer equipment. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Momentum finally building for R.I. tangible tax exemption

Small-business owners in Rhode Island for years have called for a tangible asset tax exemption, but it could never gain enough support from state...
SKEPTICAL: Attorney ­Joshua Hawks-Ladds says he believes the Federal Trade Commission may modify its proposal to prohibit noncompete agreements so it doesn’t have such a sweeping effect.
PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH ­GRAHAM

A lost clause? FTC may ban noncompete pacts

Thirty million people. That’s how many workers federal regulators say could find new jobs, increase their wages, or even start their own companies if...
MARC B. PARLANGE, center, president of the University of Rhode Island, answers questions from Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White, left, and URI Provost Barbara Wolfe during Wednesday's State of the University event. / SCREENSHOT VIA YOUTUBE

‘Now is our time’: URI President Parlange unveils school’s strategic plan

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In front of a live audience Wednesday in Edwards Hall, University of Rhode Island President Marc B. Parlange unveiled a 10-year...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE has proposed cutting the state's 7% sales tax to 6.85%, but not everybody's excited by the idea. / COURTESY GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE'S OFFICE

McKee’s sales tax cut too small to matter much, some observers...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee's proposal to cut the state's sales tax from 7% to 6.85% is getting a tepid reception from policy analysts and...
BUSINESS AND NONPROFIT leaders meet and talk with one another Thursday during Providence Business News' 2023 Book of Lists Premier Event at the Graduate Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN debuts 2023 Book of Lists at Graduate Providence

PROVIDENCE – Nearly 250 local business and nonprofit representatives gathered Thursday at the Graduate Providence to network with one another during Providence Business News’...
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