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Arts groups are scrambling to line up matching funds to take advantage of $30 million in grants to support local performing-arts facilities. Still to be determined, though, are rules governing what money they may use to qualify for a piece of those funds approved by voters. Much of the available funding is already spoken for by nine arts organizations. They have identified much-needed projects to renovate theaters, replace roofs and boilers, improve parking and build new facilities. The projects already identified are expected to create 568 permanent jobs in the state. more
Nearly three decades after Rhode Island law mandated that at least 10 percent of state contracts and purchase awards go to minority- or women-owned businesses, the Ocean State has not met its commitment. more
The brouhaha over National Grid’s rate increases for electricity is understandable. more
A R.I. Department of Education report released this month found nearly all of the state’s teachers and educational administrators rated as “effective” or better in evaluations for the 2013-2014 school year. more
The State Planning Council last week delayed a vote on a new economic-development plan for the state, to give House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and his staff more time to review it. The decision came after a handful of state lawmakers voiced opposition to the 181-page document, which was two years in the making. more
There’s more than one way to grow jobs and reduce unemployment, as two articles in this week’s issue illustrate. more
There is no question that infrastructure investment is something the state needs. But Question 7, for clean water, open space and healthy-community bonds, is not the answer. more
Question No. 5 on next month’s ballot has clear and major economic-development effects. The $35 million bond issue is designed to fund capital improvement for many of the state’s creative-economy institutions. This is the kind of investment that puts people in the building trades to work and makes sure Rhode Island’s vital arts enterprises have the physical assets to continue doing what they do best. more
Perhaps no ballot question is more important than determining if Rhode Island will hold a constitutional convention in 2016. more
Providence’s Federal Hill has an international reputation for fine dining and foodie retailing. It is a year-round feast celebrating not just Rhode Island’s Italian-American cuisine and culture, but those from subsequent waves of immigration. more
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