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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...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced on Tuesday that she was running for re-election as governor through a video clip posted on ginaraimondo.com. / COURTESY FRIENDS OF GINA RAIMONDO

Raimondo makes it official: She’s running for re-election

PROVIDENCE – In a 30-second video posted Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced that she is running for re-election as the governor of...
FORMER GOV. LINCOLN CHAFEE has decided against participating in the U.S. Senate election which will take place later this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Chafee decides against U.S. Senate run

PROVIDENCE – Thirty-five days after he declared a probable run in the 2018 Rhode Island Senate race, former Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced he...
FORMER GOV. LINCOLN CHAFEE told PBN he is "90 percent" sure he will run in the 2018 Rhode Island Senate primary race against sitting Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Chafee announces probable Senate primary run as Democrat

(Updated at 2:45 p.m.)PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's 2018 political campaigns may include a blast from the past.Former independent Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee told Providence...

Can too much transparency hinder economic development?

There’s a running debate between the state and some outside parties about how much information related to luring business here should be shared with...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO had the seventh-highest disapproval rating for a governor in the United States, according to Morning Consult. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo fares poorly in latest Morning Consult poll

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo had a 50 percent disapproval rating, the seventh highest disapproval rating for a governor in the country in...
BETTER TO BUY A BOAT? The Trump administration has rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, something that had been put in place expressly to combat the increasing severity of weather events brought on by climate change. Will the rollback lead to even more extreme weather? / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Do you agree with the rollback of automobile efficiency standards that...

In reversing another Obama-era rule, the Trump administration has rolled back the automobile fuel efficiency standards that were set to be in effect through...
DO DEVELOPERS NEED HELPING HAND? Former Providence Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. has taken advantage of tax-sta-bilization agreements to redevelop a number of city properties, including the more than 150-year-old Case-Mead Building. Without such incentives, Paolino said the city is “behind the eight-ball” when it comes to development. But some challenge the need for the tax breaks. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence TSA update needed to increase investment

For years Providence has had a justly earned reputation as one of the most difficult cities in which to develop real estate. Between costs,...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP speaks next to the $1.3 trillion spending bill H.R. 1625 in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday. / BLOOMBERG PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump says he’s signed spending bill, reversing veto threat

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump said he has signed a spending bill, the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, funding the federal government...
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Despite showing robust overall economic growth, many of the core measures of Rhode Island’s economic health lag U.S. growth in the first three years of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s administration. / Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Mixed messages through Raimondo’s term

Now in her fourth year as the state’s chief executive, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is looking at running for re-election. So it seems as...
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