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As the R.I. House Finance Committee prepares to discuss a bill proposing to cut the state sales tax from 7 percent to 3 percent at a hearing Wednesday, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity released updated information about the impact such a reduction could have on the local economy. more
The Interstate 195 Redevelopment District Commission has loosened its confidentiality policy and will now identify all proposals for the former highway land, not just winning bids, the commission announced Monday. more
Tax-stabilization agreements have played a major role in turning derelict, abandoned properties in Providence into residential and commercial complexes that bring people into the city and revitalize down-in-the-mouth neighborhoods. more
Recently there has been much discussion about the various means of public support for private historic rehabilitation and other construction projects. There has been criticism, some of it justified, of specific instances of the use of government tools – such as tax-stabilization acts – for promotion of economic activity. While this type of review is always healthy, there is a distinct danger that the larger picture will be missed. more
PROVIDENCE – Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady, D-Lincoln, has proposed setting guidelines that encourage the use of healthier cleaning products in schools. The move is intended to prevent suffering and lost school days among the many children with asthma. more
NEW YORK – Fitch Ratings has affirmed the A rating on approximately $61.7 million of outstanding R.I. Turnpike & Bridge Authority revenue bonds, but revised its ratings outlook to “negative” from “stable.” more
WASHINGTON – Rhode Island ranks second in percentage of structurally deficient bridges, with more than one-fifth deemed needing repair, according to the 2013 National Bridge Inventory database released in April by the U.S. Department of Transportation. more
Princeton University, the fifth- richest college in the U.S., agreed to increase its voluntary and one-time contributions to the town of Princeton, N.J., to more than $24 million during the next seven years. more
Local colleges seeing undergraduate applicant pools increase for the Class of 2018 credit aggressive, targeted efforts to attract prospective students, including from out of state. more
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on Providence’s use of tax-stabilization incentives. more
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