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TAKING A GAMBLE: A customer reads information inside a betting shop operated by Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc., in London, in July 2015. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is among the state leaders who would like to see Rhode Island legalize sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case this summer that could pave the way for that. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/Chris Ratcliffe

Is sports betting a budget fix?

John Taylor recently led a tour of the new $30 million hotel under construction at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, a project he said...
THE CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX FOR JANUARY was 75, as the size of the labor force continued a now seven-month consecutive upward trend. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

January 2018 R.I. CCI falls to 75

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The first Current Conditions Index of 2018 fell eight points to 75 from December yet rests level with the January 2017...
THE DECEMBER 2017 Current Conditions Index measured the state's economy at 75, an 8 percent dip from November 2017. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

December 2017 CCI drops to 75 to end year

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In his December Current Conditions Index, University of Rhode Island Economist Leonard Lardaro said 2017 had a "fairly strong" economic performance...
RHODE ISLAND'S Current Conditions Index was 83 in November, the eighth time the state received such a rating in 2017. A CCI score over 50 reflects an expanding economy. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Nov. CCI holds at strong value of 83

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Rhode Island has moved “well beyond” the “soft patch” of 2016, said University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro in his...
CURRENT CONDITIONS INDEX for Rhode Island in October was 83. A CCI above 50 indicates economic growth. /COURESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: R.I. CCI shows growth, but there is ‘potential reason for...

PROVIDENCE - University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro posted a Current Conditions Index for Rhode Island in October of 83, a 33-point gain...
MEASURING 75, Leonard Lardaro's September 2017 Current Conditions Index reported a tie year-to-date. The "train wreck" labor force, as Lardaro called it in the report, gained 0.5 percent. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

September 2017 CCI ties measure year-to-date

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The state’s September economy lined up exactly with that of 2016, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro’s latest...

August: Current Conditions Index posts fifth consecutive strong reading

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -  Rhode Island’s economy continued to outperform year over year, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro in the latest...
TEAM APPROACH: Donald R. Nokes, president and founder of NetCenergy, an information technology services firm, converses with employees at their Cranston office. From left, Kelsey Nokes, manager, business systems; Greg Morrell, network engineer; Donald R. Nokes, president; and Chris Aloisio, lead engineer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Outsourcing helps keep businesses competitive, but is it hurting job growth?

Donald R. Nokes started NetCenergy, an outsourced information technology firm, about 14 years ago.Today, from its headquarters in Cranston, the company provides IT support...
LEONARD LARDARO MEASURED Rhode Island's Current Conditions Index at 83 in June. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI holds steady, again

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a “very disappointing 2016,” the first half of 2017 was “quite favorable” said University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro...
IMPROVEMENTS IN 10 of the one dozen economic readings that make up the Current Conditions Index show that the state is moving forward in a sustained way at the moment, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro.

Do you feel strong positive economic momentum in the state right...

University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro is often seen as a “gloomy Gus” when it comes to his read on Rhode Island in...
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