The United States has lost a year of scientific innovation due to the budget cuts known as sequestration. Faced with limited resources, the nation’s largest supporters of research in medicine, science and engineering have funded very little new work in the past year, focusing instead on projects already underway. New ideas from scientists in Rhode Island and around the country have been put on hold. If these budget reductions continue, the nation can and will lose its pre-eminence in science and technology.
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General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo will run for governor of Rhode Island as a Democrat, she announced Wednesday in a video posted on her website. Raimondo said in the announcement video that Rhode Islanders “deserved a state that didn’t continue to kick financial decisions down the road,” a reference to her work engineering a controversial overhaul of the state pension system in 2011.
About 800,000 people have signed up for private health plans through Obamacare in January, pushing total enrollment to 3 million as negative perceptions about the program give way to more practical needs.
The U.S. Senate cleared and sent to President Barack Obama the first bipartisan budget produced by a divided Congress in 27 years, resolving for now spending issues that had helped spur a government shutdown in October.
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Do 75 million homeowners need their own advocate before Congress and federal agencies on issues such as the mortgage interest tax deduction, retention of low down payment loans, and the start of tougher financing rules next January?
Congressional negotiators are touting a U.S. budget accord that will ease the long-criticized automatic spending cuts for the next two years, remove the risk of a government shutdown and cut the deficit by $23 billion.
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