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Five Questions With: John Goncalves, Providence city councilman

1. How has your professional background prepared you for the new role as councilman representing Ward 1 in Providence, which includes Fox Point? First,...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza is warning that a new R.I. Supreme Court ruling will create "ballooning pension payments" for the city. PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Providence could be hit with ‘ballooning pension payments’ after court ruling

PROVIDENCE – Amid the financial hardships posed by COVID-19, the city has been hit with a new expense: up to seven years of cost-of-living...

Hackers targeting municipalities, states

A recent cybertheft of $4.2 million from the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System and resulting FBI probe has the attention of Rhode Island and...

Pawtucket reaches pension settlement with public-safety retirees

PAWTUCKET – A settlement has been reached between the city and the Pawtucket Public Safety Retirees Association, which filed a class action lawsuit in...

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...

Retirees thought GE would take care of them forever. It didn’t

NEW YORK – Back in 1971, when he went to work at a General Electric Co. plant in upstate New York, John Phelps probably...

Can a onetime garbageman who served on the state’s highest court...

A onetime garbageman who became an attorney and member of Rhode Island’s highest court, Robert G. Flanders Jr. has called himself the “embodiment of...

Calling it a career

Are you or any of your employees slated to retire within the next five years? Yes: 100% No: 0% How many of your employees are enrolled in...
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...
U.S. STATE PENSIONS improved overall for the first time since 2014, driven by global stock-market gains. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

Stock gains lift state pension funding for first time since 2014

NEW YORK - The health of United States state pension systems improved for the first time since 2014 because of global stock-market gains, according to...

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