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LOOKING FOR IMMUNITY: David Chenevert, executive director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, says employers should be protected from COVID-19-related lawsuits if they’re following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. companies push for COVID-19 liability protection

If an employee gets sick with the novel coronavirus, should they be allowed to file a worker’s compensation claim or a lawsuit against their...

Measure to accelerate mobile sports betting moves to R.I. House

PROVIDENCE – A critical committee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives pushed forward Tuesday a measure that would allow sports bettors to register...
THE R.I . HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE approved a revised budget for the current fiscal year that will go to the full House on Thursday./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Key House panel OKs revised fiscal 2020 budget

PROVIDENCE – The House Finance Committee approved an $11.8 billion revised budget for the current fiscal year Tuesday evening, tapping the state’s “rainy day”...

Rep. Williams calls out systematic racism, lack of diversity in R.I.’s...

PROVIDENCE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams, D-Providence, and other legislators stood on the steps of the Statehouse on Thursday to call out systematic racism, including...
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...

State leaders must lead on budget

State leaders are never able to please everyone when making tough decisions on the state budget. But it’s an open question this year whether...

J. Goodison Co. receives $504K federal grant to purchase new shipyard...

NORTH KINGSTOWN – J. Goodison Co. is one of 24 recipients awarded $19.6 million in discretionary grants through the federal Small Shipyard Grant Program,...

Legislators announce formation of COVID-19 Emergency Spending Task Force

PROVIDENCE – Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello announced April 21 the formation of a Joint Legislative COVID-19 Emergency...

Legislators eyeing short-term borrowing to cover delayed revenues

PROVIDENCE – The closure of restaurants, bars, hotels, casinos and other businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic will result in less sales tax and income...
BENJAMIN L. RACKLIFFE, second from right, an attorney at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News' Business of Cannabis Summit on Wednesday in Providence. Also on the panel was, from left, Karyn Rhodes, of Complete HR Solutions; Mitzi Hollenbeck, of Citrin Cooperman; and Kristyn Glennon of BayCoast Bank. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN cannabis summit: Legalized recreational pot is only matter of time...

PROVIDENCE – It’s not a matter of whether recreational marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island, it's a matter of when. That conclusion emerged from...

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