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Preservation Society of Newport County names Shekarchi, Ruggerio preservation champions

NEWPORT – House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, D-North Providence, were recently named the 2023 Preservation Champions of...
THE R.I. OFFICE OF REVENUE ANALYSIS has issued a report that finds the state's Jobs Development Act tax incentive program failed to break even in tax years 2019 to 2021 on a "general revenue basis." / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

State report: Jobs Development Act fails to break even, but what...

A new state report on Rhode Island's tax incentive program Jobs Development Act shows that the program, which offers tax breaks to companies creating...
HONORED: The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council recently received an award for outstanding policy achievement from the Governmental Research Association for the council’s tangible tax exemption proposal. Pictured, from left, are Justine Oliva, manager of research; Michael DiBiase, CEO and president; and Jeffrey S. Hamill, public policy analyst. 
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RIPEC awarded for tax proposal

JUSTINE OLIVA is the manager of research for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, which recently received an award for outstanding policy achievement from...

Crossroads Rhode Island breaks ground on Providence housing development

PROVIDENCE – The nonprofit Crossroads Rhode Island recently celebrated the start of construction at 94 Summer St. for what will become a 176-unit single-occupancy...
BATTLE TESTED: ­Margaux Morisseau, co-chair of the Rhode Island Coalition for Payday Reform, has been fighting against payday lenders and the lobbyists for years, and she feels the momentum is swinging her group’s way now. 
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Activists won’t abandon payday lending fight

It has not been a lucky year for Georgina Paulino. The Westerly resident’s partner was injured and is out of work. The care of...

Every legislative action can influence R.I.’s business ranking

To the Editor: The recent CNBC report on the business friendliness of each of the 50 states clearly demonstrates that national analysts pay close attention...
ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS R.I. Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor, left, says he'll take now that the $14 billion fiscal 2024 state budget has been approved is hiring staff members for the R.I. Office of Housing and Community Development. The budget included funding for 21 full-time equivalent positions. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL

Housing advocates pleased with legislative strides, but are they enough?

With this year’s legislative session over and the $14 billion fiscal 2024 budget settled, the state's top housing official and affordable housing advocates say...

Shekarchi, Ruggerio reflect on 2023 legislative session

Just days after the Rhode Island General Assembly ended in a marathon, 10-hour session, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi is back at work. Sitting in...
THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS passing through Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport is climbing, and the Transportation Security Administration is projecting volume will grow this summer. The state is spending $4.5 million to promote air travel to Rhode Island. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

R.I. airport passenger volume growing, but is it enough?

Things are looking up at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport with passenger counts climbing as the summer tourism season arrives and a $4.5...

Senate approves record $14B state budget

PROVIDENCE – It’s all over but the signing. By a 32-4 vote, the R.I. Senate on Thursday approved a $14 billion fiscal 2024 budget, a...
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