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Smiley unveils $598.6M city budget, vows ‘a new culture in City...

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Brett P. Smiley on Wednesday presented a $598.6 million budget for fiscal year 2025, a 3% increase that targets investments in...

What should be state lawmakers’ top budget priority this year?

State lawmakers opened the 2024 legislative session on Jan. 2 with warnings any budget surplus at the end of the year will be much...
SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY: 
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...

Tax Foundation: R.I. ranks 41st for business-friendly tax climate

PROVIDENCE – The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax policy research group on Tuesday released its 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index, showing a slight...
THE PROVIDENCE-WARWICK area was ranked the 13th best metro area in the nation for seniors according to a report by Storage Café. The nationwide online storage space marketplace analyzed the nation’s 100 largest metros and used 15 metrics to assess each location's potential for retirees' needs, including the cost of living, crime rate, weather, housing options and income. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Report: Providence-Warwick metro area 13th best place for seniors to retire

PROVIDENCE – The Providence-Warwick area was ranked the 13th best metro area in the nation for seniors to retire, according to a report by...

RIPEC: R.I. total spending grew 16.1% from FY14-19

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s state and local governments outspent the national average in fiscal 2019, the latest year for which such data are available,...
PILING ON: Proposed legislation could add significantly to municipal debt, which three years ago stood at $5.6 billion and has only gone up since then.

Proposed firefighter overtime rules should be a nonstarter

Rhode Island ranks as the highest-spending state in the nation in terms of fire protection, according to the most recent Rhode Island Public Expenditure...
TO TAX OR NOT? Tax policy is a hot-button political issue, and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council's most recent report on tax collections and other revenue sources for state and local government begs the questions: What would you change? / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Of these options for tax policy in Rhode Island, which should...

The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council has come out with its 2018 analysis of Rhode Island’s state and local government tax collections and how...
RHODE ISLAND WAS JUDGED to be among the 10 least tax-friendly states for retirees, according to personal finance website GoBankingRates.com. / COURTESY GOBANKINGRATES.COM

Study: R.I. among 10 least tax-friendly states for retirees

PROVIDENCE – Despite recent changes to the state’s income tax rules, Rhode Island remains one of the 10 least tax-friendly state in the nation...
PROVIDENCE CITY OFFICIALS are proposing a citywide, administrative tax stabilization agreement. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Providence considers uniform, citywide tax incentives for commercial development

PROVIDENCE – City officials are proposing to expand the breadth of a standardized tax incentive program that previously targeted the Interstate 195 Redevelopment and...
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