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More than 16,000 individuals and 130 small businesses signed up and paid for health insurance through HealthSource RI as of March 8, the state’s public health benefits exchange said Tuesday. (Updated, 1:22 p.m.) more
In 2014, the General Assembly considered new legislation to address environmental and land-use regulation in the state. Some of the new laws that passed follow in the footsteps of last year’s efforts to minimize the impacts of regulation, environmental and otherwise, on business. Such efforts continue to be important and critical to our economic growth. more
A boost for Rhode Island’s growing craft-beer industry could be on tap. A Providence group is seeking $1.4 million in city financing to help build an $8 million contract brewery on the city’s West Side. more
The Raimondo Inaugural Committee has announced details of the “Make it in Rhode Island” inaugural events, which include a special WaterFire lighting, along with an open house at the Statehouse and a family ice skate. more
Gov.-elect Gina M. Raimondo has announced the formation of her innaugural committee, made up of elected officials, as well as community, labor and business leaders. more
Rhode Island’s state debt per capita of $8,769 for fiscal year 2012 ranks third-highest in the United States, according to the Tax Foundation’s 2014 “Facts and Figures” report released Wednesday. The annual report compiles tax and collections data for each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and ranks each state on 39 different measures of tax and fiscal policy. more
WalletHub, the personal finance social network, released a study looking at the rates at which S&P 100 companies are taxed at the state, federal and international levels. more
The beleaguered Central Coventry Fire District filed for bankruptcy Tuesday after firefighters and the Chafee administration failed to reach an agreement despite months of negotiations to fix the district’s financial woes. more
In fiscal 2013, the U.S. government entered into contracts to be performed in Rhode Island with a value of more than $766 million. These contracts were for goods and services as diverse as construction services, underwater sound equipment and clambakes. more
Lawmakers, educators, business leaders, and state and federal officials will gather on Monday to discuss workforce development and career and technical education at the R.I. Senate’s annual Economic Summit. more
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