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According to a new study by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, a state sales tax of 3 percent would provide the best value in terms of new jobs and state budget impact, compared with cutting the sales tax altogether. more
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 9 percent in November from 9.2 percent in October, and dropped a whole percentage point compared with last November’s figure of 10 percent, according to statistics released Thursday by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
The Arcade Providence’s first microloft tenants moved in on New Year’s Eve, almost two years after owner Evan Granoff announced his $7 million plan to renovate the historic building known as one of the country’s first indoor shopping malls. more
The Dean Hotel on Fountain Street opened its doors to guests for the first time last Friday in what was described as a “soft opening” of the new boutique lodging house. more
Winter Storm Nika laid a wintry mix of snow and sleet across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts on Wednesday, with accumulation of 3 to 6 inches in most parts of Rhode Island and close to 12 inches in the northern part of the state. (Updated, Feb. 5, 2:22 p.m.) more
A charter school teacher claimed the top prize at the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition’s eighth annual Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday night, for his idea to create a one-handed video game controller. more
A total of 7,929 Rhode Islanders had enrolled for health insurance through the HealthSource RI exchange as of Nov. 30, of which 5,280 enrolled for Medicaid and 2,649 enrolled for individual or family plans, according to a Friday report from HealthSource RI and the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services. more
Three hundred of the Ocean State’s business leaders joined the nine honorees at Providence Business News’ 13th annual Business Excellence Awards celebration on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Providence Marriott. more
A local arts group is in its second year of negotiations with state officials about a plan to build a waterfront concert venue on the site of the former Shooters nightclub in Providence. more
Redeveloping the South Street Power Station into a combined Brown University administrative office building and Rhode Island College/University of Rhode Island advanced nursing education center emerged as one of the top priorities at The Providence Foundation’s annual meeting. more
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