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Make the case for MBE expansion

The state last fiscal year exceeded its minimum 10% minority contracting standard for just the third time, and the first since 2019. Now Gov. Daniel...
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Andrew Schiff

Selfless commitment to others is more than an aspiration for Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank – it’s his job. Every...
ODD DECISION: Director Kyra Sedgwick’s film “Space Oddity,” which has been shooting in North Kingstown, has applied for $1.5 million in state tax credits. The state film office recently began asking companies seeking such tax credits not to identify themselves on applications, which are public documents. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FILM & TELEVISION OFFICE

More transparency, accountability needed in state film program

Producers of a feature film being shot in Rhode Island are seeking just over $22 million in state tax credits. But everyone outside of a...
NEW LEADERSHIP: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, faces a host of challenging issues this year, including a pandemic-induced deficit estimated at up to $500 million. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic’s effects will dominate 2021 General Assembly session

The landscape has changed dramatically, literally and figuratively, for state lawmakers for what is shaping up to be among the most consequential General Assembly...
REP. MARVIN L. ABNEY, at left, has proposed a bill, recently passed by the House, that wold broaden the state’s motion picture tax credit program, in an effort to attract larger films and documentary productions. At right is Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello. / PBN FILE PHOTO ELI SHERMAN.

Should Rhode Island allow movie productions to use state tax credits...

State lawmakers have approved bills in the House and Senate allowing movie productions to use state tax credits even if the majority of the...
NAME CHANGE? T.F. Green Airport operators say declining passenger traffic is partially due to lack of familiarity with the airport outside the local area. They’d like to see a name change but state lawmakers have been unable to agree on what that should be. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

If Warwick’s T.F. Green Airport gets a new name, what should...

A significant dip in passenger traffic at T.F. Green Airport is sure to have operators again calling on state lawmakers to approve a name...

What is the No. 1 issue state lawmakers need to address...

State lawmakers are mandated each year to pass a balanced budget. Beyond that, which this year requires filling a fiscal 2021 budget hole that...
HELPING HAND: The state recently announced the fourth round of recipients of Wavemaker Fellowships, which help STEM and design professionals defray student-loan debt.

Should the state expand popular Wavemaker Fellowship tax credits beyond those...

The state recently announced that 153 college graduates working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design fields in Rhode Island will receive Wavemaker Fellowship...
SHOWING OFF: Beth Charlebois, co-owner of Cultivating RI, a cultivation center located in West Warwick that grows marijuana for the state’s medical-marijuana program, shows the various stages of growth. State lawmakers are expected to approve an expansion of the state's medical-marijuana program. PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Do you support expansion of Rhode Island’s medical-marijuana program?

House Democratic leaders did not support Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's proposal to allow recreational marijuana sales to adults but they do back an expansion...

A wise pause on marijuana legalization

The state-by-state march toward marijuana legalization has run into a wall in two left-leaning states. Faced with objections from parents, teachers, police and others...
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