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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...
WHILE THE R.I. SENATE has passed legislation that creates the financing framework for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the House has yet to give an indication that it will vote on the deal to build the Ballpark at Slater Mill complex.

Grebien: Performing arts center being considered for Ballpark at Slater Mill...

PAWTUCKET – There are ongoing discussions to incorporate a Pawtucket Performing Arts Center into the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox Ballpark at Slater Mill, Pawtucket...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP during the State of the Union address on Jan. 30. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AL DRAGO

GOP releases disputed memo saying FBI misled judge in Trump case

WASHINGTON – FBI and Justice Department officials got a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate by misleading a surveillance court judge, House...
CHARLES J. FOGARTY, the R.I. director of elderly affairs, announced his retirement after four decades of public service. / COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

Charles J. Fogarty announces retirement after decades-long public service career

PROVIDENCE – Charles J. Fogarty, the R.I. Director of Elderly Affairs, on Friday announced his intention to retire later in 2018.Fogarty began his career...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has introduced a fiscal 2019 state budget that represents a sligh increase in spending./ PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo’s State of the State expected to cover job creation, school...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is expected to give her State of the State address Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.She is expected to...
CONN. GOV. DANNEL MALLOY says that early payments of 2017 income taxes is yielding the state a $900 million windfall, as people try to take advantage of full deductibility of state taxes before that changes thanks to the federal tax overahaul. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Connecticut, California reap windfalls from U.S. tax changes

NEW YORK – At least two high-tax states are receiving windfalls thanks to Washington.In California, a state that will be heavily affected by the...

Mattiello not showing leadership

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello is content, apparently, to be a vessel for his “constituents,” as opposed to showing a little leadership when approaching...
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES has passed the GOP's tax bill. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Senate passes U.S. tax overhaul, putting GOP on brink of big...

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans passed the most extensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years, a bill that delivers a...
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