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ARROW’S UP: Household incomes in West Greenwich are rising faster than anywhere else in the state. Pictured is Town Administrator Kevin Breene. 

Income gaps highlight stark differences in communities

In a state as small as Rhode Island, dramatic shifts and differences in wealth should be few and far between. But as this week’s cover...

Building affordable housing units proving expensive

In May 2023, Gov. Daniel J. McKee and other state officials issued a press release touting a $101 million investment of State Fiscal Recovery...

State must get what it pays for in housing

Since 2021, the state has invested roughly $260 million to produce approximately 1,600 desperately needed affordable housing units. That cost is significantly higher than state...

Strong job growth powers R.I. economy in Q1

PROVIDENCE – Job growth helped power the state’s economy in the first quarter of 2024, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and the Center...

RIPEC: Legislative proposals could significantly worsen R.I.’s business tax climate

PROVIDENCE – While Rhode Island has marginally improved its national standing on the Tax Foundation’s Business Tax Climate, bills before the General Assembly could...

Pension advisory group outlines various reform options in final report

PROVIDENCE – Full or partial cost-of-living adjustment restorations, decreased retirement ages and caps on early retirement penalties are all on the table for consideration,...

Underlying issues cloud state’s positive economy in Q4, RIPEC says

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s economy showed positive results in the fourth quarter of 2023 even though underlying issues remain, according to a new report...
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 

Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...
DYLAN ZELAZO was named the executive director of the The Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corp. on Wednesday. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL BUILDING CORP.

Zelazo named R.I. Health and Educational Building Corp.’s new executive director

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corp. has a new leader.  The state’s largest provider of bond financing for health and educational...
RELIEVED: Scott McCullough, co-owner of Symposium Books Inc. in Providence, is happy he won’t have to pay a tangible property tax, thanks to legislation passed by state legislators that exempts businesses from the first $50,000 they would typically owe in tangible taxes. 

New tax exemption to make tangible difference in R.I.

At Symposium Books Inc. in downtown Providence, the property making up the store’s physical backbone – its numerous bookcases, for instance, or the computers...
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