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RIPEC: R.I. economy stalled in Q4

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s economic growth stalled in the fourth quarter of 2022 and continues to lag both the region and nation, according to...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE has proposed cutting the state's 7% sales tax to 6.85%, but not everybody's excited by the idea. / COURTESY GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE'S OFFICE

McKee’s sales tax cut too small to matter much, some observers...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee's proposal to cut the state's sales tax from 7% to 6.85% is getting a tepid reception from policy analysts and...

RIPEC: Rhode Island has not kept pace with other states on...

PROVIDENCE – As other states pass tax laws that improve their business climate, Rhode Island is falling farther behind, according to new analysis by...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...
POTENTIAL PAVILION: Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Stacey Johnson shows the area where a new, $12 million educational facility and events pavilion will be built if Rhode Island voters approve a $50 million “green economy” bond measure.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

MONEY MATTERS: $400M in bond issues on R.I. ballot as borrowing...

Matt Dunn and Rainer Lohmann are among the top researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, but it’s tough to...

RIPEC: R.I.’s K-12 education system is in crisis

PROVIDENCE – The K-12 education system in Rhode Island is in crisis. That's the conclusion the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council made in its newly...

Critics say state funding for electric bills isn’t enough

PROVIDENCE – Faced with historic winter electric rate hikes, state officials stepped in with nearly $36 million in funding to soften the blow. While the...
A $500 MILLION PENSION obligation bond issue had been given the go-ahead by state legislators and Providence voters in order to ease the city's pension problems, but rising interest rates have put that bond issue in question. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Providence $500M bond issue to ease pension woes in jeopardy because...

Rising interest rates have thrown a monkey wrench into Providence’s plan to borrow $500 million to ease its deepening pension problems, and some say...

RIPEC: State can’t rely on federal funds for future spending

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council says the state needs to be vigilant in avoiding spending commitments beyond available resources, given the...

RIPEC-Bryant report: R.I.’s GDP grows for 3rd straight quarter

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s gross domestic product grew for the third consecutive quarter but still trailed the average growth in New England and the...
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