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DOWN TO BUSINESS: The House Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Human Services holds a meeting at the Statehouse in December to get an update on overspending at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Budget deficit, lottery contract, minimum wage among controversial issues facing General...

As Rhode Island lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, some of the most pressing questions they’re expected to face this...
COLLISION COURSE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo plans to again introduce a recreational marijuana proposal, in her fiscal 2021 budget plan, despite warnings from House and Senate leaders that they won’t consider it. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Marijuana debate will signal health of Rhode Island’s legislative process

The General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 7 with a host of potentially contentious issues to address, including a budget deficit, the state lottery contract...
MASSACHUSETTS recreational marijuana shops posted more than $20 million in sales in 2019, according to the state. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ

Mass. marijuana shops report $420M in sales in 2019

BOSTON (AP) – Recreational marijuana shops in Massachusetts raked in more than $420 million in sales in the first full calendar year of legalization,...

Raimondo planning to introduce recreational marijuana proposal, despite opposition

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said she still plans to introduce a proposal in January that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana and...

Cerebration wins R.I. Business Competition’s Elevator Pitch Contest

PROVIDENCE – Cerebration bested 44 other contestants to emerge as the winner of the Rhode Island Business Competition’s Elevator Pitch Contest held at Venture...

Baker administration estimates vaping ban costing stores up to $8M in...

PROVIDENCE – A three-month ban on retail nicotine and marijuana vaping products in Massachusetts has the potential to cost private businesses $7 million to...

Was Gov. Gina M. Raimondo right to file a lawsuit to...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Oct. 22 filed a lawsuit in Superior Court challenging the need for legislative approval of marijuana and hemp regulations. The...

Union gets toehold in R.I.’s marijuana industry

THE NASCENT CANNABIS INDUSTRY in Rhode Island is expanding quickly and attracting the attention of a national union best known for organizing supermarket workers. The...
NOT WORKING: Democratic Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Oct. 22 lawsuit over marijuana regulatory power was the latest example of her fractured relationship with legislative leaders from her own political party. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Raimondo, GA leaders must stop sniping, find common ground

The fractured working relationship between Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and legislative leaders from her own party in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly is again on...

Raimondo sues over marijuana regulatory power; GA signals it was already...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Oct. 22 filed a lawsuit in Superior Court that argues against a provision of the fiscal 2020...
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