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RIPEC: General Assembly needs to pare spending growth

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Public Expenditure Council urges the General Assembly to show fiscal restraint as the state faces looming deficits that could exceed...
THE R.I. HOUSE of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday to form a panel that will study and come up with cost-effective strategies to tackle beach erosion by January. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

State lawmakers form 9-member commission to study beach erosion

PROVIDENCE – A new committee is turning its attention toward the state’s beaches to find solutions for the beach erosion that has been plaguing...

General Assembly leaders split on tax cuts, other policy issues at...

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi on Thursday expressed concerns over the state's future finances during the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's annual...
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY has passed a bill temporarily suspending the limit on the number of days retired public school teachers and administrators can substitute without losing post-retirement benefits. The measure now heads to Gov. Daniel J. McKee's desk. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Bill allowing retired educators to substitute longer awaits McKee’s signature

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly has passed legislation that would temporarily suspend the limit on the number of days retired public school teachers and...

McKee signs 100% renewable electricity bill into law

PROVIDENCE – Landmark legislation making Rhode Island the first state nationwide to require 100% renewable electricity within the next decade was signed into law...

R.I. Senate OKs $13.6B state budget

PROVIDENCE – The state Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a $13.6 billion budget for fiscal 2023 that prioritizes health care, affordable housing and several...

R.I. poised to ban single-use plastic bags at retail checkout

PROVIDENCE - Kate Weymouth, a former Barrington Town Council member, has been waiting for years to see Rhode Island follow her community and finally...
THE R.I. HOUSE OF REPRESENATIVES passed a bill on Thursday, June 2, 2022, to provide increased, more easily-defined access to the shores of Rhode Island. But Senate leadership doesn’t seem interested in passing its own version of the legislation before it could be signed into law by the governor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

R.I. House passes bill to increase public access to shoreline

PROVIDENCE – A bill providing increased, more easily defined access to the shores of Rhode Island was passed by the state House of Representatives...

R.I. Senate, House approve legislation adding electronic, real-time payments to state...

PROVIDENCE – Paper checks and mail-order money transfers have gone by the wayside. These days, it’s all about digital payments, made in real time between...

Providence pension bond pitch clears R.I. House

PROVIDENCE – As interest rates rise, the window of opportunity is closing on the city's pitch to borrow half a billion dollars to pay...
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