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UNEMPLOYMENT IN Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year and 0.1 percentage points month to month in August. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Has your company added employees in the last three-and-a-half years?

Since Gov. Gina M. Raimondo took office in January 2015, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island has gone from 6.6 percent to 4 percent...
CHINA RESPONDED to the most recent round of tariffs from President Donald Trump with retaliatory tariff action against $60 billion of U.S. goods. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/OILAI SHEN

Have the tariffs levied so far affected your company, or will...

As the trade war continues to expand the size and scope of tariffs, economic models predict that more pieces of the American economy will...
MINORITY VIEW: House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan has made a name for herself in the often-thankless role of political thorn in the sides of House Democratic leadership. This year the West Warwick Republican is hoping to raise her profile beyond Statehouse politics, taking on two challengers in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

PBN on WJAR-TV, Aug. 27, 2018

Can a former teacher-turned-House-minority firebrand capture the attention of voters in GOP primary?Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s...
A TEAM EFFORT: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello’s plan to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rhode Island ultimately was unsuccessful, but Gov. Gina M. Raimondo could have played a more effective role in the negotiations to keep the team from heading to Worcester, Mass. 

Looking for leadership? Don’t expect to find it in R.I.

The simple – but not entirely inaccurate – thing would be to lay the Pawtucket Red Sox leaving Rhode Island on the doorstep of...

R.I. needs to improve governance

The loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox to Massachusetts has revealed far more than the lack of leadership among Rhode Island’s major elected officials.Two...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 42 on the Cato Institute's Freedom in the 50 States analysis. / COURTESY CATO INSITUTE

Libertarian think tank ranks R.I. 9th least-free state in U.S.

PROVIDENCE – The libertarian think tank, The Cato Institute, has ranked Rhode Island as the ninth least-free state in the country in its latest...
IN A RECENTLY RELEASED CBS NEWS POLL, nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters rated the economy as either very good or somewhat good. Here a voter casts a ballot with her dog at a polling location in Utah. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KIM RAFF

Voters upbeat on economy may boost Republican election prospects

WASHINGTON – Republicans fighting to hang on to their majority in the House in the congressional elections this November may be helped by one...
ACCORDING TO A July poll from Roger Williams University and WPRI-TV CBS 12, the race for governor remains a dead heat between Democratic Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Republican Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung. All told, there seem to be six major candidates for the state's top elected office. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO AND RUPERT WHITELEY

Even though there is a long way to go, who do...

Roughly one month from Rhode Island’s primary election, a poll taken by Roger Williams University and WPRI-TV CBS 12 says that the governor’s race...
R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Kilmartin has announced that former state Rep. John Carnevale has pleaded guilty to one count of perjury. Carnevale had been running for state representative in District 13, but has been removed from the ballot. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Former Rep. Carnevale pleads guilty to perjury; gets removed from ballot

PROVIDENCE – Former state Rep. John Carnevale pleaded no contest to one count of perjury before R.I. Superior Court Justice Bennett Gallo to charges...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO said Thursday the state has cut the volume of regulations for businesses by almost one-third.

PBN on WJAR-TV, Aug. 6, 2018

Gov. Raimondo sees a growing state economy to be proud of. But is that the story from her first term voters will care the...
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