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GOV. GINA M RAIMONDO will propose a $30 million increase in school funding and expanded job training in a budget she will release later this week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo proposes funding boost for education, job training; expansion of tuition-free...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says she will propose a budget this week that boosts support for education and teacher training from pre-school through...
COUNCILWOMAN SABINA MATOS was elected president of the 2019-2022 Providence City Council. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL

Matos elected president of Providence City Council

PROVIDENCE - Councilwoman Sabina Matos was voted Providence City Council president Monday. The council said that Matos is the first Latina to hold 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...
RHODE ISLAND ranked as the No. 11 most impacted state by the partial federal government shutdown in a report by WalletHub. / COURTESY WALLETHUB

R.I. 11th most impacted state by partial federal shutdown

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island was the No. 11 most impacted state by the partial federal shutdown, according to a new WalletHub report released Thursday.The report was...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO renewed her call for a ban on assault weapons in her inaugural address at the Statehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Raimondo calls for unity in inaugural address

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Tuesday committed to broadly supporting ongoing state efforts to boost education, job training, affordable health care and...
A WALL GROWS: The existing U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, is only a physical manifestation of the growing wall in the local body politic over the nation’s immigration policies and enforcement. 

Shutdown enters third day with no urgency to reopen government

WASHINGTON – As the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a third day, lawmakers have left Washington for the Christmas holiday with no sign of...
COUNTER TO WHAT MIGHT BE EXPECTED, a federal government shutdown actually costs taxpayers more money than it saves. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO

Here’s why closing the government actually costs taxpayers money

WASHINGTON – Even though paychecks would stop going out to hundreds of thousands of workers, shutting down the federal government actually costs money –...
TAKING A STAND: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza vetoed a proposed change to city zoning regulations that would have allowed the Fane Organization to build a 600-foot tower in the former Interstate 195 land? Was that a good decision by the mayor? / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Do you agree with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s decision to...

Hope Point Tower, the 46-story, nearly 600-foot residential building that New York developer The Fane Organization wants to build on former Interstate 195 land...
TO TAX OR NOT? Tax policy is a hot-button political issue, and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council's most recent report on tax collections and other revenue sources for state and local government begs the questions: What would you change? / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Of these options for tax policy in Rhode Island, which should...

The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council has come out with its 2018 analysis of Rhode Island’s state and local government tax collections and how...
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