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DOING THE RIGHT THING? Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is proposing an expansion of the Rhode Island Promise college scholarship program. The major question is, will the General Assembly support the proposal?
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

This promise delivers for future of R.I. and its students

Can lightning strike twice? If the bolt of energy is a new, expanded version of the Rhode Island Promise college scholarship program, let us...

Raimondo makes $10M available for school safety upgrades

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced that she has made $10 million available immediately for school safety upgrades with funds from the fiscal...
3-D PRINTERS SUCH AS this one making a watch component could potentially be used to make firearms. A number of state attorneys general have filed suit to keep a Texas nonprofit from releasing plans for making guns with a 3-D printer. / BLOOMBERGER NEWS PHOTO/MICHELE LIMINA

States sue Trump administration over 3-D printed gun accord; R.I. studying...

NEW YORK – A group of states sued the Trump administration to block its legal settlement allowing a small Texas nonprofit to publish instructions...

R.I. receives $3.9M for job training program for Rhode Islanders in...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has received $3.9 million in federal funds to support job training for Rhode Islanders in addiction recovery, Gov. Gina M....

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,...
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. 
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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...
A WELCOMING RESOURCE: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island held its Community Resource Day recently, inviting immigrants and refugees to learn about the center and the state, and to make their transitions to life in the United States smoother. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are immigrants – both legal and undocumented – a net positive...

After simmering as a national issue for the better part of three decades, immigration – of both the legal and undocumented kind – has...
R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Kilmartin has filed a complaint against 21 fossil fuel companies for their alleged knowing contribution to climate change and sea-level rise, seeking to recoup some of the cost that climate change has on Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. Attorney General files lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for impact...

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has filed a complaint in Providence County Superior Court, suing 21 of the world’s largest fossil...
THE U.S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE estimated that $59 million in Rhode Island exports are at risk for tariff retaliation due to tariffs announced by the Trump Administration.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Tariffs threaten to impact $59M of R.I....

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimated that Rhode Island has $59.3 million in exports threatened by tariff retaliation due to announced U.S....
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