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RHODE ISLAND'S "rainy day" fund reached $203.9 million by the end of the fiscal 2019 year, according to a new audit. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Audit: R.I. General Fund revenue exceeds spending and transfers by $8.5M...

PROVIDENCE – Fiscal 2019 General Fund revenue exceeded spending and transfers by $8.5 million, according to an audit report released by the General Assembly...

CCRI, URI, RIC have differing views on arming campus police

PROVIDENCE – The Community College of Rhode Island feels that arming campus police officers with firearms is “not necessary” to ensure safety of its...
MULTIPLE NEW LAWS and requirements will take affect in Rhode Island starting Jan. 1. / PBN FILE PHOTO/PAM BHATIA


Education accountability, electronic opioid prescriptions, mandatory health insurance among new R.I....

PROVIDENCE – As 2020 draws near, residents and businesses within Rhode Island will need to adhere to new requirements set to go into effect...
CHRISTIANSEN CAPITAL ADVISORS has been awarded a contract to review the proposed IGT lottery contract being reviewed by the R.I. General Assembly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

GA hires firm to review proposed IGT lottery contract

PROVIDENCE – Christiansen Capital Advisors LLC has been contracted by the R.I. House of Representatives to conduct an independent review of International Game Technology...
THE R.I. BOARD of Education has approved proposed tuition and fee increases for the University of Rhode Island, pictured, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

R.I. education board OKs proposed tuition increases for URI, RIC, CCRI

WARWICK – Students attending Rhode Island’s public colleges and university may need to dig a little deeper in their pockets to pay for tuition...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO called on the R.I. General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow the DPUC to fine National Grid in situations such as the Aquidneck Island gas outage of 2018, following a report released by DPUC finding the company partially at fault for the outage. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Raimondo calls for legislative power to fine National Grid

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo took National Grid Rhode Island to task over its role in the Aquidneck Island gas outage of 2018,...
A MOBILE SPORTS betting app designed for Rhode Island is currently in testing. The state hopes to launch the app before the NFL football season begins on Sept. 5. Above, the sports betting venue at Twin River Casino in Lincoln. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. mobile sports betting app currently in third-party testing phase

PROVIDENCE – The mobile sports wagering app that would be used by bettors in Rhode Island is currently in testing by a third party,...
THE R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY has passed a $10 billion budget for fiscal year 2020. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

R.I. General Assembly passes $10B FY2020 budget

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Senate voted to approve a $10 billion fiscal year 2020 state budget late Thursday evening in a 30-8 vote. The...
THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL said it will introduce a single property tax rate. / PBN PHOTO CHRIS BERGENHEIM.

Providence council backs off tiered homestead, announces plan for single tax...

PROVIDENCE – The city will not gain legislative authority to alter its property tax rate structure this year and City Council leaders have announced...
THE R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY passed bills authorizing up to $200 million in GARVEE bonds for the reconstruction of the viaduct that carries !-95 north through downtown Providence. Above, construction on the Providence Viaduct carrying I-95 south. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

GA authorizes up to $200M for Providence Viaduct reconstruction

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. General Assembly over the weekend authorized up to $200 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle bonds, or GARVEE bonds, for...
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