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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...
HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello will be challenged by GOP candidate Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung for his House of Representative seat representing District 15 of Cranston. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Speaker Mattiello to face challenge from Fenton-Fung

CRANSTON (AP) – Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, a Republican activist and wife of a two-time GOP candidate for governor of Rhode Island, filed paperwork Monday...
TUITION-FREE: Community College of Rhode Island student Davila Jackley, left, meets with classmate William Rider. Jackley is taking advantage of the Rhode Island Promise program.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo pushes to make tuition-free program a permanent Promise

When Davila Jackley graduates from the Community College of Rhode Island this spring, she’ll do so without having paid any tuition. Jackley, 19, is among...
A RENDERING of proposed expansions at Twin River Casino Hotel as part of an agreement with IGT for a proposed state lottery contract. / COURTESY TWIN RIVER WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS/ JCJ ARCHITECTURE

IGT and Twin River extend the olive branch, announce joint lottery...

PROVIDENCE – International Game Technology PLC and Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. have reached an agreement on a joint gaming venture in the state,...
MEDICINAL USE: Lead grower Elizabeth Keyser explains growing medical marijuana plants with special lighting during a tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y., in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

Some Northeast states brace for battle over pot

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast – it had already passed in three of the...

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