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PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL President David Salvatore, left, has asked for GoLocalProv to return more than $67,000 from a month to month contract made by former Council President Louis Aponte, right, to promote public meetings. By making the contract month to month, the deal avoided a public bidding process required for projects and contracts with a value of more than $5,000. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

City Council president calls on GoLocal to return money from no-bid...

PROVIDENCE – City Council President David A. Salvatore called on GoLocalProv to return $67,500 to the city, from a deal with the council to...

Consider economic rankings carefully before drawing conclusions

At best, national rankings of state business friendliness can help elected officials consider public-policy initiatives.For instance, after being hammered for years on the matter,...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 45, tied with Maine, on CNBC's America's Top States for Business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Do national business climate rankings affect the decisions your business makes?

CBNC released its 2018 Top States for Business rankings July 10, and Rhode Island repeated its No. 45 showing from last year. Needless to...
THE U..S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION has fined Oaktree Capital Management for violating "pay-to-play" rules regarding campaign contributions to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo during her 2014 run for office. Her office said that the contribution was flagged and returned at the time. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Money manager for state pension settles SEC complaint for violating ‘pay-to-play’...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is cited indirectly in a federal complaint against an investment advisory firm that handled state pension money when...
COVER OF DARKNESS: Final passage and signing of the legislation that supports the building of a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox along the Pawtucket River did not happen in the most transparent way. 
 / COURTESY PAWTUCKET REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Was PawSox deal approval timed to avoid public scrutiny?

One of the most important parts of a public official’s duties is the need to communicate with constituents. And yet, when Gov. Gina M....

Smart incentives help seal deal

Certainly it was good news when Rubius Therapeutics Inc. announced its intention to open a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Rhode Island.It didn’t have to...
MAKING AN IMPRESSION: Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung has plans to reduce the state’s sales tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, paying for much of the drop in revenue by eliminating many of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s economic-development incentives. 
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Getting elected is the easy part, governing the state is hard

This week starts PBN’s series of gubernatorial candidate profiles. The collection of stories will include a Q&A format interview, as well as a sidebar...
IT STARTS AT THE TOP: Critics and political opponents say Gov. Gina M. Raimondo should have known about the deception that a state lawyer was committing by not filing a timely appeal to a court ruling about state reimbursement rates to nursing homes. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Business as usual at EOHHS not an acceptable way to govern

Should Gov. Gina M. Raimondo have known about the malfeasance of an attorney in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, one that...

Gov. erred in signing this version of revenge porn legislation

On June 4, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed into law an act passed by the General Assembly related to “revenge porn,” reversing a decision...
HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO released a new proposal for legislation supporting financing for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in downtown Pawtucket that creates a tax increment financing district to mitigate the state's financial exposure in the project. / COURTESY PAWTUCEKT RED SOX

Mattiello releases new proposed PawSox stadium plan with TIF district

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello released a draft of newly proposed legislation put forth on a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium designed...
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