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If the state's public officials want to make a real difference in Rhode Island's future, they should spend less time on getting to the bottom of the 38 Studios mess and more, a lot more, on the looming public-finance meltdown over unfunded liabilities for local pensions and other post-employment benefits (also known as OPEBs). more
(Updated 2:43 p.m., 4:41 p.m.) The Apex building at 100 Main St. in Pawtucket is on the radar of the owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox. more
A Superior Court judge on Friday approved a proposed $2.5 million settlement between the state and former executives of the failed video game company 38 Studios LLC, including former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. more
Despite a renewed call to stop repayment of state moral obligation bonds issued for the now-bankrupt 38 Studios LLC, Fitch Ratings Inc. expects payments will continue and has reaffirmed an AA rating with a stable outlook for the state’s general obligation bonds and consolidated capital development loans. more
The R.I. Economic Development Corp. is urging the R.I. Superior Court to approve a proposed settlement in the ongoing 38 Studios LLC lawsuit, despite a recent legal objection that the state is calling “inflammatory.” more
Many of Rhode Island's minority groups are growing, but the value of state contracts with minority business enterprises, known as MBEs, isn't keeping up. "It's not a secret minority [groups] have been growing at an accelerated rate," Oscar … more
If Rhode Island taxpayers are repaying a debt secured under fraudulent representation, should they keep paying? The recent disclosure that the Securities and Exchange Commission has filed charges against the state's economic-development … more
In Rhode Island, once a mail ballot is sealed and signed by either two witnesses or a notary public, anyone can pick it up and return it to the local elections office. That could be a sibling, a spouse, a child, or a campaign worker or … more
Providence voters this year will see Question No. 8 on their Election Day ballot, asking them to consider a $40 million infrastructure bond. Regardless of the vote, however, city politics appears to have already dashed any hopes of selling the bond, … more
A semiannual "State of the States" report released in October by Conning, a Hartford, Conn.-based investment management firm, ranked Rhode Island 41st, tied with New York, among the 50 states in terms of municipal credit health – a slip of four … more
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