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RHODE ISLAND's gubernatorial hopefuls take part in the Rhode Island Public Expediture Council's forum on Thursday. From left are Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz, Gov. Daniel J. McKee, Ashley Kalus, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Helena B. Foulkes and Matt Brown. PBN PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL

Voters lose out if leading candidates don’t attend debates, observers say

With Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s change of heart and recommitment to participate in Thursday’s gubernatorial forum, he managed to narrowly avoid giving his opponents...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE has decided to participate in the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council's gubernatorial forum on Thursday, after committing to it earlier this year then dropping out. / SCREENSHOT COURTESY WJAR-TV

McKee reverses course, decides to participate in RIPEC debate

PROVIDENCE – In another change of plans, Gov. Daniel J. McKee has confirmed that he will participate in a Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council...
IN SAFE HANDS: William Wray, chief risk officer for The Washington Trust Co. in Westerly, says he takes pride in the bank’s credit risk being “viewed as among the best in the entire industry” because it’s “the most common reason why banks fail, so it is a critical survival skill.” / COURTESY THE WASHINGTON TRUST CO.

Wray keeps Washington Trust poised to take on any challenge

2022 C-Suite Awards: Enterprise company | William Wray, The Washington Trust Co. chief risk office If there was ever an example of the need for...

RIPEC-Bryant report: R.I.’s GDP grows for 3rd straight quarter

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s gross domestic product grew for the third consecutive quarter but still trailed the average growth in New England and the...
TWO STATE LEGISLATORS have introduced measures in the General Assembly that would allow Rhode Island to enter into agreements with other states that would prevent them from offering "corporate giveaways" to companies so they move across borders. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Legislation on ‘no-poaching’ between states raises questions about enforcement

Two Rhode Island lawmakers are calling for a truce in the economic border war waged with tax incentives with neighboring states, but some authorities...

Providence City Council backs pension obligation bond

PROVIDENCE – A pitch to borrow more than $500 million to funnel into the city’s pension system now rests with state lawmakers, after receiving...

RIPEC: R.I. total spending grew 16.1% from FY14-19

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s state and local governments outspent the national average in fiscal 2019, the latest year for which such data are available,...
THE R.I. OFFICE OF REVENUE ANALYSIS, part of the R.I. Department of Revenue, last month issued a report asking state legislators to address flaws in the Jobs Development Act tax incentive program. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Legislators slow to address tax incentive program deemed ineffective

An R.I. Office of Revenue Analysis report critical of a 28-year-old tax incentive program intended to create jobs hasn’t exactly inspired legislators to move...

RIPEC: Municipal property tax system ‘out of balance,’ needs reform

PROVIDENCE – A homeowner in West Warwick pays $5,400 more in annual property taxes for the exact same house than if they lived in...

RIPEC-Bryant report: R.I. economic recovery lagging nation

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s economic recovery continues to lag the nation despite improvements across several key measures in the fourth quarter of 2021, according...

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