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Trump and Biden aren’t the only names on R.I.’s primary ballot

It’s hardly going to be a nail-biter.  President Joe Biden and Donald Trump have already clinched the nominations for Democrat and Republican parties, respectively, having won enough...

Senate leaders unveil bills to improve health care access, affordability

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Senate leaders unveiled a legislative package focused on improving health care access and affordability on Tuesday. The 25-bill package known as the...

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...
SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY: 
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. 
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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...

Senate leadership seeks statewide property tax relief 

PROVIDENCE – Among the priorities for Senate leaders in the 2024 legislative session that begins on Jan. 2. is simplifying the property tax exemption...

McKee signs record $14B state budget for FY 2024

PROVIDENCE – Flanked by state officials and a birthday cake gifted by House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Friday signed...

McKee wants Wavemaker fellowships to address state’s teacher shortage

It’s no secret Rhode Island doesn’t have enough teachers. Which is why Gov. Daniel J. McKee wants to give student loan reimbursement to recent college...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...
STATE LEADERS ARE in a good financial position with a $610 million surplus projected for fiscal 2023, but some say a lot of that money is because several state agencies have been understaffed and overworked. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Some R.I. officials say job vacancies a big part of projected...

The projected $610 million budget surplus awaiting the General Assembly and the administration of Gov. Daniel J. McKee has been the subject of speculation...

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...
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