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COST OF COVERAGE: Frank Doyle, AAA Northeast senior vice president of insurance, says the rising value of real estate has played a part in causing home insurance premiums to increase. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Another factor is making housing even more costly

Even homeowners who weren’t looking to buy in the red-hot housing market are digging deeper into their pockets lately. One reason: rising insurance premiums. From...
RHODE ISLAND'S MANDATE requiring proof of vaccination or indoor masking will remain in effect through Feb. 14, according to a new executive order signed by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Jan. 18. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

R.I. extends proof of vaccination, masking mandate until Feb. 14

PROVIDENCE – A 30-day mandate for indoor masking or proof of vaccination at venues throughout Rhode Island will continue for another month, according to...
CHRISTOPHER C. BICHO stands in a renovated, antique firehouse in Newport in 2019. He rents the firehouse as an Airbnb site. Bicho says he doesn't mind registering his site with a regulator, but he thinks oversight of short-term rental properties should be handled by either the state or the local government, not both. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Will R.I.’s new short-term rental property registry be too burdensome?

Now that every short-term rental property in Rhode Island listed on online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO will be required to register with...

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...
EMERGENCY REGULATIONS ON INDOOR MASKING, codifying the enforcement of Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s new executive order, were signed by state officials on Wednesday, establishing a $500 civil penalty for each violation. /AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

R.I. DOH: Each violation of indoor masking order may result in...

PROVIDENCE – Violators of Rhode Island’s indoor masking and COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy could face a $500 fine. Emergency regulations related to the enforcement...
REVENUE STREAM: Two people try their luck at video slot machines at Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino. Revenue generated through slot machines and table games at Rhode Island’s two casinos, in combination with lottery tickets and drawings, is one of the biggest sources of funding for the state’s $13 billion budget. / PBN PHOTO/

ALL IN with Bally’s: But how risky is R.I.’s heavy reliance...

Rhode Island has come to rely heavily on Justin Kane and other recreational gamblers like him. Kane, a Providence real estate investor, likes to blow...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...
READY FOR LAUNCH: Elizabeth M. Tanner, left, director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, and Melissa Travis, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, are preparing for a pilot program in which blockchain technology will be used for the credentials of the state’s CPAs. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

CPAs playing key part in R.I. blockchain pilot program

Twenty-five Rhode Island accountants are preparing to be guinea pigs for a digital ID program using blockchain technology that, if successful, could transform the...

Five medical marijuana dispensaries selected for licenses

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Office of Cannabis Regulation selected five medical marijuana dispensary applicants to receive licenses to operate during its lottery held at...
ENHANCED ­­ABILITIES: R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Neronha says a new state law gives his office more power to pursue businesses accused of deceptive or unfair business practices. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

New R.I. law strengthens protection for consumers

Bad drivers and a weak business climate aren’t the only measurements by which Rhode Island ranks poorly compared with other states. For nearly two decades,...

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