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PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL has passed a $770 million fiscal 2020 budget, and it has been signed by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Providence has FY2020 budget

PROVIDENCE – Providence City Council passed a $770 million fiscal 2020 budget Tuesday evening and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza signed it into law the...
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has signed the 2020 state budget, but with criticism of changes to economic development programs. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo signs fiscal 2020 budget, sharply criticizes cuts in economic development...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed the nearly $10 billion fiscal 2020 state budget Friday, but in her transmission letter to House Speaker...
State Sen. William J. Conley Jr., D-East Providence, left, and state Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr., D-Warwick, introduced legislation as part of the fiscal 2020 budget that created a small business loan and tax credit program that is designed to help small businesses gain access to capital they could not get previously. The legislation was passed as part of the budget. / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Is the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund approved by the...

At the last minute of its 2019 session, the General Assembly created the Rhode Island Small Business Development Fund to encourage private investment in...

GA failure on energy costs us all

The recently ended legislative session let die two bills passed by the Senate, ones that on their face would seem to make strange bedfellows...
IN THE DARK: General Assembly leaders Nicholas A. Mattiello, left, the speaker of the House, and Dominick J. Ruggerio, Senate president, have left the budget for the next fiscal year until the last minute, a tradition that does not serve the state well.
 / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Yet again, a broken budget process leaves public in the dark

It’s no surprise that the budget for the next fiscal year is being voted on by the General Assembly at the last second. That...
SPENDING PRIORITIES: Yet again, the General Assembly seems to reject Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s programs designed to grow Rhode Island’s economy, in this case through improved worker-training ­programs.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Yet again, GA chooses spending over investment in R.I.’s future

It is clear what vision of Rhode Island the General Assembly has.Rather than slowing down the elimination of the state’s car tax, the fiscal...
A BULLY PULPIT? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has taken an active role in trying to get Lifespan and Care New England to complete a merger they have tried twice before, spending political capital that she has seemed reluctant to do in the past.
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DAVE HANSEN

A more muscular Raimondo is a good thing for Rhode Island

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has stepped in and told Rhode Island’s two health care systems – Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has transmitted bills into law related to continuing contracts and firefighter overtime. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo enacts continuing contracts and firefighter overtime bills

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made two pieces of controversial legislation law Tuesday morning, one with her signature, the other without, the governor’s...
PRIMARY INVESTMENT: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has made investments in people, such as through the Real Jobs Rhode Island program, a signature of her administration. Above, Megan Cortesi and Jeremy Demers learn how industrial systems handle liquids at the Westerly Education Center.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

As always, it’s all about people when it comes to the...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo understands that the best and most long-lasting investment is in people. From the Real Jobs Rhode Island program, to Rhode...
FALL RIVER MAYOR Jasiel F. Correia II was recalled by 62 percent of Fall River voters, but won an election on the same ballot by 241 votes. / COURTESY FALL RIVER

WJAR: Fall River’s Correia recalled, re-elected

FALL RIVER – Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II was both recalled and re-elected Tuesday, according to WJAR-TV NBC 10.Despite 62 percent of votes recalling...
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