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Decision on Citizens issue will keep commerce flowing

To the Editor: On June 18, I had the opportunity to listen to Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions, talk about how...

Building affordable housing units proving expensive

In May 2023, Gov. Daniel J. McKee and other state officials issued a press release touting a $101 million investment of State Fiscal Recovery...

Is transparency of open records legislation too taxing for R.I. officials?

An effort afoot to strengthen the state’s 45-year-old Access to Public Records Act has rekindled public debate over what the citizenry has a “right...
OFFICIALS WHO OVERSEE the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families say severe labor shortages have resulted in children waiting a long time for some services. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

At DCYF, labor shortages creating big headaches

The state is struggling to hire and retain public employees, but the labor problems are particularly troubling at the R.I. Department of Children Youth...

E-911 service facing staffing shortage

PROVIDENCE – The state’s 911 emergency telephone service has not been spared from the lack of adequate staffing that has challenged government agencies statewide,...
STATE LEADERS ARE in a good financial position with a $610 million surplus projected for fiscal 2023, but some say a lot of that money is because several state agencies have been understaffed and overworked. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Some R.I. officials say job vacancies a big part of projected...

The projected $610 million budget surplus awaiting the General Assembly and the administration of Gov. Daniel J. McKee has been the subject of speculation...
SOLUTION NEEDED: Susan E. Enck, a licensed clinical psychologist at Brown Medicine’s Warwick Primary Care, says the mental health system was near its breaking point before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s in crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pleas to fix R.I.’s ‘broken’ behavioral health system

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, treatment providers, advocates and lawmakers are calling for Rhode Island to confront its problems with access to...
CRUCIAL CHECKUP: Margaret Vargas, right, a dental hygienist with nonprofit CareLink Inc.’s mobile dental clinic, conducts an examination of Sister Anne Kelly at The Villa at Saint Antoine in North Smithfield. The clinic serves 3,000 patients at 53 Rhode Island nursing homes.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Demand for dental care program growing, but funding isn’t

For more than 13 years, CareLink Inc. has traversed Rhode Island with a mobile dentistry practice, serving elderly, low-income patients in nursing homes who...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE has narrowed the lists of individuals being considered for lieutenant governor to five. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

McKee narrows field for lt. gov. to 5

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Wednesday narrowed his finalist list for the position of lieutenant governor to five individuals. About 80 people initially...
BUSY CARETAKER: Victoria Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says she and her co-workers care for up to 11 patients per shift, bathing, dressing and feeding each one in turn. It is an increase from the eight patients Mitchell used to care for during her morning shift when she began working as a CNA 22 years ago.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Nursing homes care more with less

When she started working as a certified nursing assistant 22 years ago, Victoria Mitchell was assigned about eight patients during her morning shifts. Now, Mitchell...
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