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Pandemic offers R.I. leaders a chance to reassess priorities

Rhode Island has been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than most states, and the economic fallout has left the General Assembly with a...
A NEW report from the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council projected that that the state's unemployment insurance trust will become insolvent by September, potentially resulting in raised business taxes down the road.

RIPEC: State unemployment trust may run out by Sept., resulting in...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s unemployment insurance trust fund is on track to run out by September, and the result may be higher taxes for...
RHODE ISLAND's gross domestic product was projected to have contracted at a 4.3% annualized rate in the first quarter of 2020. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE COUNCIL AND THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES AT BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Report: R.I. Q1 GDP projected to have contracted at 4.3% annualized...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s gross domestic product was estimated to have contracted at a 4.3% annualized rate, according to a report from the Rhode...
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget...
THE RHODE ISLAND chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint Wednesday on behalf of a former R.I. Department of Human Services employee who alleges she was unlawfully terminated from her job over a non-arrest conviction.

Former DHS employee files unlawful-termination complaint against state

PROVIDENCE – A former R.I. Department of Human Services employee filed a discrimination charge with the R.I. Commission for Human Rights Wednesday against her...

Most-read stories on PBN.com, October 2019

1. U.S. News awards 4 R.I. nursing homes top honors POSTED ONLINE: OCT. 29. Briarcliffe Manor in Johnston, Hallworth House in Providence, Hattie Ide...
MICHAEL DIBIASE has been appointed president and CEO of RIPEC effective Jan. 1. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

DiBiase named CEO and president of RIPEC

PROVIDENCE – Michael DiBiase has been named president and CEO of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, succeeding John C. Simmons, the nonprofit public...

UnitedHealthcare’s challenge to BCBSRI’s medical plan win denied

PROVIDENCE – UnitedHealthcare of New England’s challenge of the choice by the state to award the oversight of employee and retiree medical plans to...
CONSISTENT TAXATION: R.I. Division of Taxation Administrator Neena Savage talks with R.I. Department of Revenue spokesman Paul E. Grimaldi. She says taxing software as a service would allow for consistent taxation of the use of software regardless of how it is delivered or used. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo eyes tax on cloud-based services

(Corrected at 11:25 a.m. to replace T-shirt reference in 11th paragraph with microwave.) Does your business use Office 365? Do you pay for TurboTax’s...
BIJAY KUMAR WAS APPOINTED chief information officer for the state of Rhode Island. /COURTESY THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

Kumar appointed state chief information officer

Updated, 6:04 p.m. PROVIDENCE - Bijay Kumar was appointed Rhode Island’s chief information officer, the R.I. Department of Administration Director Michael DiBiase announced Monday. “Bijay brings...

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