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What should government do about soaring rent?

As Rhode Island rents continue to surge, affordable housing advocates are calling for investments that go beyond measures proposed in Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s...
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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...
HOMEGROWN: Amelia Lopez, left, Southside Community Land Trust food access associate, and Appoline Alphonsine, a college intern, sort through vegetables harvested by the Providence nonprofit. SCLT recently received an $80,000 grant from the city that was not part of the $10 million racial reparation initiative. Some have complained that the city is moving too slow on deploying the $10 million equities program.
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What happened to Providence’s reparations initiative?

Jim Vincent threw himself into the work when he was appointed to the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission in early 2022 because he saw an...

McKee signs legislation strengthening lead enforcement  

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Tuesday signed several bills into law, among them part of a legislative package of lead poisoning prevention...

R.I. adopts Juneteenth as state holiday beginning in 2024

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has become the 29th state to officially establish Juneteenth as a state holiday. The holiday, Juneteenth National Freedom Day, will be...

Lawyers only constant in ever-evolving General Assembly

Farmers were a powerful voting bloc in Rhode Island in the early days of statehood and ruled the General Assembly. That’s because the structure of...

McKee opposes GA bills taxing high-income earners

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Tuesday said he opposes legislation in the General Assembly that would raise personal income taxes on the...
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Five Questions With: Tiara Mack

Tiara Mack | R.I. senator, D-Providence 1. In the primary, you beat longtime Democratic Sen. Harold Metts to become the first Black LGBTQ state...
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
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