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BUSY SESSION: From left, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo must work together to tackle a host of issues in the upcoming legislative session, including a structural budget deficit, the state lottery contract, the minimum wage and marijuana legalization and regulation. / PBN PHOTO AND FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

How should legislative leaders prioritize state spending for fiscal 2021, given...

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the state economy, shutting down or limiting the operations of thousands of businesses and forcing...
THE R.I. LOTTERY transferred $397.3 million to the general fund in fiscal year 2019, according to an audit report from the R.I. Office of the Auditor General released Monday.

State lottery chief Aubin to retire

PROVIDENCE – State Lottery Director Gerald Aubin on Friday said he will retire in the spring, after leading Rhode Island's gambling operations for more...
LOCAL EMPLOYEES: Robert K. Vincent, right, chairman, IGT Global Solutions Corp., speaks with Jay Gendron, chief operations officer, lottery, at the company’s Providence offices. IGT currently holds a contract for the state’s lottery, which requires the company to have 1,000 Rhode Island-based employees. IGT is attempting to renew the contract with the state for a 20-year term through 2043. Of the 1,000 IGT employees now required in Rhode Island, only 60 or so are needed to serve the state’s lottery contract, Vincent said. 
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IGT vs. Twin River: Can both win?

Two of Rhode Island’s largest public companies are involved in a bitter dispute that has the potential to upend the state’s budget. The source...
THE R.I. ETHICS COMMISSION has voted to authorize an investigation into allegations that Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's actions related to the IGT contract extension would benefit Donald Sweitzer, her alleged business associate./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ DAVE HANSEN

Ethics Commission votes to investigate one of two complaints

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Ethics Commission, following its initial review of a complaint filed against Gov. Gina M. Raimondo under two provisions of the...

Does IGT controversy miss the point?

The unfolding story over the no-bid contract extension with International Game Technology PLC for supplying technology and services to the state’s lottery system has...
MAKING MOVES: Installing Marc Crisafulli, above, as president of Rhode Island ­operations for Twin River Worldwide Holdings is the latest move by the entertainment company. Twin River is now publicly traded, is moving its headquarters to downtown Providence and looking to expand outside the Ocean State. 
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Twin River eyes younger bettors

Marc Crisafulli, the newly named president of Rhode Island operations for Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc., oversees activities at its two local casinos at...

New contract proposal would keep IGT in Providence through 2043

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and legislative leaders announced Thursday a new deal to keep the U.S. operations of International Game Technology PLC...

R.I. has second-highest spending per capita on lottery in 2017

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders spent $502.01 on the lottery per capita in 2017, the second-highest amount in the nation only to Massachusetts, according to...

Global gaming company IGT launches PlayBingo in Norway

PROVIDENCE – International Game Technology PLC announced that Norway’s state lottery operator has launched IGT’s new digital PlayBingo platform. The platform was awarded to IGT...
RHODE ISLAND had the second-highest per capita expenditure on lottery in the nation in 2017. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

R.I. has second-highest spending per capita on lottery in 2017

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders spent $502.01 on the lottery per capita in 2017, the second-highest amount in the nation only to Massachusetts, according to...

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