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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.

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...

Business and political leaders discuss state priorities at Chamber lunch

PROVIDENCE – Business and political leaders gathered on Wednesday to consider new proposals before the General Assembly this year, including mobile sports betting, legalizing...

PBN on WJAR-TV, Jan. 7, 2019

They're Back! Will new GA be same as old?Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.

Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...
SETTING THE AGENDA: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, right, is looking to help set the state’s spending priorities in the upcoming legislative session. Here he welcomes Sen.-elect Sam Bell, D-Providence, and Senate Chief of Staff Stephen Iannazzi during a Senate orientation for new members.

Balancing budget, smart investments should be job one

According to PBN’s cover story this week, House Speaker Nicholas A. ­Mattiello’s top budget priority is continuing the phaseout of the auto excise tax....

Newport’s history still intact

On the list of Rhode Island assets, surely the Newport Mansions belong near the top.For the third consecutive year, in 2018 the Preservation Society...
THE R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY will convene on New Year’s Day, swearing-in of 14 new state representatives and seven new senators. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

General Assembly to reconvene on New Year’s Day

(Updated at 4 p.m.)PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island General Assembly will convene on New Year’s Day on Tuesday, a rare holiday session because the...
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