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DOWN TO BUSINESS: The House Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Human Services holds a meeting at the Statehouse in December to get an update on overspending at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Budget deficit, lottery contract, minimum wage among controversial issues facing General...

As Rhode Island lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, some of the most pressing questions they’re expected to face this...

Providence giving troubled e-scooter, e-bike programs another go, but not everybody’s...

Seemingly overnight, rentable electric bikes and scooters began popping up on Providence streets last year. The Creative Capital was in the regional vanguard of...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has transmitted bills into law related to continuing contracts and firefighter overtime. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo enacts continuing contracts and firefighter overtime bills

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made two pieces of controversial legislation law Tuesday morning, one with her signature, the other without, the governor’s...

Is GA tipping scales toward labor?

Republican Rep. Brian C. Newberry thinks unions wield too much power in Rhode Island and worries the General Assembly, controlled by Democrats, will tip...
DRUG TESTING: Craig Pickell is the president and CEO of Bullard, which makes custom grinders and abrasives. Manufacturers such as Pickell, who also serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, are concerned about the worker-safety issues and employer rights regarding drug testing if recreational marijuana use is legalized.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘We’re not going to stop [legal pot]’

Amid the rolling fields and wooded hills outside Worcester, Mass., people park their cars in a dirt lot then take a shuttle bus to...
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...
THE RHODE ISLAND League of Cities and Town says it won't support Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana until it's revised to give municipalities more money and more control over cannabis businesses./ BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ MATTHEW STAVER

R.I. cities, towns oppose Raimondo’s marijuana proposal

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns says it opposes Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s proposal to legalize recreational marijuana because it...

Does arbitration favor firefighters?

A study released in December found Rhode Island’s spending for fire protection remains the highest of any state in the nation. It’s been that way...

R.I. League of Cities and Towns announces priorities for 2019 legislative...

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns announced state legislative priorities for 2019 that include debating open-ended contracts and binding arbitration...
READY FOR LED Nearly half of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns have completed a purchase program that allows them to own the streetlights lining their roads and switch them to LED fixtures. Another 15 communities have begun the process of purchasing streetlights from National Grid. / SOURCE: RHODE ISLAND LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS

Municipalities saving with LED streetlights

A mid-December status report from the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns shows nearly half of the state’s communities have purchased their streetlights...
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