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THE REACTION TO Gov. Gina M. Raimondo being selected as President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of commerce has been mostly positive. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo’s Cabinet appointment garners mostly positive reaction from local leaders

PROVIDENCE – Elected and politically tied officials, company executives and nonprofit leaders on Friday offered both congratulations and criticism to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo...
Mike Stenhouse is a former professional baseball player who played for the 1986 American League champion Boston Red Sox. In 2011 he founded the nonprofit Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, which describes itself as a free-enterprise, public policy research and advocacy group. / COURTESY MIKE STENHOUSE

Align staff to serve team

Mike Stenhouse | Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity CEO For the first time, many employers and employees are dealing with the challenges of...
THE GASPEE PROJECT and the Illinois Opportunity Project filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island Thursday alleging the enhanced-disclosure law requiring donors making independent expenditures to nonpartisan advocacy groups in support or opposition to a candidate to disclose addresses and places of employment violates free-speech and privacy rights.

Gaspee Project files lawsuit against R.I. BOE over donor-disclosure law

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island law that requires enhanced disclosure of donors making significant independent expenditures to nonpartisan, issue-advocacy groups is being challenged in...
NEW LAW: Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse believes a new law – requiring a 100% reimbursement rate for property taken by eminent domain within three opportunity zones in Pawtucket – is directed at the redevelopment of the former Apex department store.
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Pawtucket wants ‘square deal’ under eminent domain

The legislator behind a new law that matches tax-increment financing authority with federal opportunity zones in Pawtucket says the change it makes to existing...
SPURRING REDEVELOPMENT: Pictured above is the former Apex department store in Pawtucket. The city could benefit from a new law that aligns tax-increment financing authority in the city to newly created federal opportunity zones, which would allow the city to finance public infrastructure improvements to facilitate ­redevelopment.
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TIF expanded to Pawtucket opportunity zones

A new law that aligns tax-increment financing authority in Pawtucket to newly created federal opportunity zones is seen by lawmakers as having the potential...
GREEN ENERGY: David Lamb, assistant director of utilities management at the University of Rhode Island, and Marcia Garcia, URI’s sustainability officer, stand among a field of solar panels in South Kingstown. The solar array is part of the 40-megawatt South Kingstown Solar Collaboration facility, of which URI is one of three partners. 
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R.I.’s solar industry has grown with the help of state incentives....

After stints in the California, Nevada and Texas solar-energy industries, Kenny Hsieh learned of the financial incentives offered in Rhode Island, picked up his...

There are a host of candidates for the state’s top job....

All the major candidates running for governor will point to their professional record and say they have the experience to lead the state. But...
PROBLEM AREA: The structural problems at Rogers High School in Newport are evident in the water-infiltration damage, which has affected both the interior and exterior of the building, which was completed in 1958. Jeff Watts, the school’s plant engineer, looks at one of the affected areas outside. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Paying for badly needed school upgrades now will limit future borrowing....

Trinity Briceno, a senior at Cranston East High School, didn’t attend school between December and April. She was hospitalized in November after students and teachers...

Risk or rewards in PawSox deal?

As legislative hearings explore whether Rhode ­Islanders should help fund a new $83 million stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, questions about the risk...

Raimondo moves to aid ‘Dreamers’

Rhode Island organizations and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo have made a concerted effort to retain the state’s so-called “Dreamers,” including covering their application fees...

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