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House approves $10B budget that continues car-tax phaseout; expands medical marijuana

PROVIDENCE – The House on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $9.97 billion spending plan for fiscal 2020 that continues a car-tax phaseout and expands a...

Competition coming for ‘compassion centers’

The House Committee on Finance recently rejected Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s proposal to allow recreational marijuana sales to adults by licensed outlets. But the...
SPENDING PRIORITIES: Yet again, the General Assembly seems to reject Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s programs designed to grow Rhode Island’s economy, in this case through improved worker-training ­programs.
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Yet again, GA chooses spending over investment in R.I.’s future

It is clear what vision of Rhode Island the General Assembly has.Rather than slowing down the elimination of the state’s car tax, the fiscal...
BUILDING A NEW FUTURE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Rhode Island Promise program has increased enrollment and graduation rates at the Community College of Rhode Island in its two years. 
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DAVE HANSEN

RI Promise delivers as CCRI graduation sets a record

Three years ago, when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo started her push for the Rhode Island Promise program, she did not receive universal plaudits.Speaker of...
CRANSTON MAYOR Allan W. Fung, left, meets with Vincent DiPippo of Cranston after delivering food as part of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island's March for Meals initiative. / COURTESY MEALS ON WHEELS OF RHODE ISLAND

Elected officials, business leaders deliver food for Meals on Wheels

PROVIDENCE – Multiple Rhode Island elected officials and Webster Bank representatives spent time throughout the month delivering meals to local senior citizens in need.The...

Raimondo signs legislation to allow mobile sports betting

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has signed legislation that will allow mobile sports betting through the Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and...
LEGISLATION ALLOWING for the launch of mobile sports betting in Rhode Island has been passed by the R.I. General Assembly. The governor is supportive of the legislation. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ JUSTIN CHIN

General Assembly passes mobile betting legislation

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. General Assembly approved legislation to allow mobile sports betting in the state through the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and...

City again eyes water-system lease

As the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed – try, try again. That’s what Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is doing with...
COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY ACTION Program staffers, Rotary Club of Cranston members and a representative of Shaw's Supermarket gather Tuesday to cut the ribbon on CCAP's newly expanded food bank at the nonprofit's office in Cranston. / COURTESY COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM

CCAP introduces expanded food bank

CRANSTON – Individuals seeking food from the Comprehensive Community Action Program’s food bank will have a more traditional shopping experience the next time they...
ASSESSMENT FEE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed a fiscal 2020 budget that includes a Medicaid Employer Assessment Fee, which if approved would annually charge companies that employ 300 or more workers as much as a $1,500 penalty per employee who was not offered health insurance but then qualified for state-supported Medicaid.
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Raimondo proposes new fee to ensure employers offer health insurance

A powerful disincentive for not offering employees health care insurance is included in the proposed 2020 budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.If a...
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