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Gov. Raimondo’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget contains a line that if adopted would increase the excise tax on cigarettes by 25 cents a pack. Our calculations suggest that this would result … more
The presidential candidacies of Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders attest to a widespread anger with our federal government. A similar sentiment pervades Rhode Island. One way to begin … more
“You wouldn’t do that even to a dog,” the mother of a mentally ill man in the state prison told a committee of the state Senate last month. Do what? Put him in a tiny room, alone, for weeks … more
Summer is here, and for many in New England, that means trips to destinations domestic and abroad. An all-time record 231 million passengers are expected to fly U.S. airlines between June 1 and August 31, up from 210 million a year more
The people of Rhode Island are caring and generous, in both spirit and action. I know this because I was born and raised here, and I have witnessed our collective compassion in action throughout my life. When I supervised court-advocacy more
The Ocean State showed again that it is open for business and succeeding at attracting new companies this August. This time it was Finlays, a global leader in food manufacturing that announced a 93,000-square-foot research and more
The fear of going hungry has eased in Rhode Island. The USDA reported this week that the state's food insecurity rate dropped to 11.8 percent, the lowest level since the recession. We should applaud this achievement because fewer Rhode more
By SPEAKER NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO When I became Speaker of the House of Representatives two years ago, I wanted to send a clear message that reform was critical to moving our state forward. We … more
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, which allows, as Rhode Islanders often joke, everyone to know each other and each other’s business. News on different local issues usually spreads … more
When I first ran for office, I campaigned on a platform of “environmental economics.” What does that mean? It means putting wind turbines, solar arrays and small-scale renewable energy … more
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