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(Updated, 1:30 p.m.) Rhode Island ranked among the worst states for business in the United States again on CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2013 report, earning the No. 49 slot. more
The announcement by Stephen Farrell, president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England, at a meeting of the Health Insurance Small Employer Taskforce last week that United planned to open a private health insurance “exchange” is part of a broader trend both in New England and nationally. more
Carpionato Group wants to turn the former Providence Fruit & Produce Warehouse property on Harris Avenue into a surface parking lot, according to an application with city officials. more
When 2013 began, business groups were talking about reforming and reining in Rhode Island’s Temporary Disability Insurance program – certainly not expanding it. more
John Condon, president of Stonewall Solutions, will tell you it’s no easy task finding the right people to work at his software-development company. “We need candidates with technology skills that are pretty unique,” he said. “To find them, we have to cast a wide net.” more
At a board meeting at 8:30 Wednesday morning, the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously to charge tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge and approved increased tolls on the Pell Bridge. more
The Preservation Society of Newport County plans to appeal a decision by the Newport Historic District Commission that blocks construction of a $4.2 million welcome center on the grounds of The Breakers mansion. more
The R.I. Division of Taxation proposed a new regulation Monday establishing a statewide arts district. more
After thousands of visitors left the Wickford Art Festival and artists packed up their remaining works and their income from pieces sold, the Wickford Art Association used to have to send someone around collecting the 7 percent tax on sales made during one of the state’s most well-known fine art festivals. more
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
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