economy http://ripr.org en House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate http://ripr.org/post/house-speaker-mattiello-claims-improvement-ris-business-climate <p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello emerged in March with a strong hold on what is commonly called the state's most powerful political office. Following the unveiling of a probe of former speaker Gordon Fox, Mattiello won a brief succession fight and pledged a stronger focus on jobs and the economy. Mattiello sat down last week to discuss his first few months as speaker and some of the top issues facing the state, including his choice for governor and Buddy Cianci's latest comeback attempt.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36127 at http://ripr.org House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate RI Food Bank: First (Slight) Decline In Need Since Recession http://ripr.org/post/ri-food-bank-first-slight-decline-need-recession <p>This month, the number of Rhode Islanders seeking help from a statewide network of food pantries has declined. It’s the first decline, says Rhode Island Community Food Bank spokeswoman Cindy Elder, since the beginning of the economic recession in 2008.</p><p></p><p>“It’s not quite a reason to rejoice because we’re still really at remarkable high levels of need for food assistance.”</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34798 at http://ripr.org RI Food Bank: First (Slight) Decline In Need Since Recession Ocean State To Receive Millions To Help Local Fishermen http://ripr.org/post/ocean-state-receive-millions-help-local-fishermen <p>Rhode Island will receive nearly $2 million in relief funds to help fishermen hit by sharp cuts in catch limits.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:48:38 +0000 Catherine Welch 34408 at http://ripr.org Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs http://ripr.org/post/swipely-says-20m-infusion-will-enable-it-grow-keep-adding-jobs <p></p><p>Providence tech startup<a href="https://www.swipely.com/"> Swipely</a>, which has grown significantly since it was launched in 2009, says a new infusion of $20 million in venture capital funding will enable it to continue expanding a small spark of Silicon Valley in Rhode Island.</p><p>"The intent is to use those funds to continue to aggressively growing the team in all our areas, including our engineering team, our marketing and sales team, and other departments within the company," Swipely founder Angus Davis said during a news conference Thursday morning.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:22:11 +0000 Ian Donnis 34371 at http://ripr.org Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs West Warwick Residents Approve Critical Budget http://ripr.org/post/west-warwick-residents-approve-critical-budget <p>Residents of West Warwick have passed a town budget that scales back services and raises taxes as part of an effort to avoid a financial crisis.&nbsp; The move is a early step for the town's path to fiscal stability.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The $86.3 million budget comes with plenty of concessions, including cuts in town programs, a 2.9 percent increase in property taxes, and reductions to public employee pensions. But town manager Frederick Presley said the concessions are necessary if West Warwick wants to avoid bankruptcy.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:29:41 +0000 John Bender 34042 at http://ripr.org West Warwick Residents Approve Critical Budget Pell Unveils Jobs Plan; Says His Ideas Will Elevate His Campaign http://ripr.org/post/pell-unveils-jobs-plan-says-his-ideas-will-elevate-his-campaign <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell unveiled Wednesday<a href="http://www.claypell.com/issues/body/Pell_Seizing_The_Future.pdf"> his plan for improving Rhode Island’s economy,</a> as part of the first in what he said will be a series of forthcoming policy initiatives.</p><p>In broad strokes, Pell said if elected governor he would focus on improving the state's public schools, strengthening infrastructure, and leveraging Rhode Island's assets.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 32504 at http://ripr.org Pell Unveils Jobs Plan; Says His Ideas Will Elevate His Campaign Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations http://ripr.org/post/raimondo-state-needs-streamline-modernize-regulations <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says the state needs to streamline and modernize regulations to encourage entrepreneurs.</p><p>Speaking at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket, Raimondo cited the company as part of Rhode Island’s growing craft-brewing sector. But Raimondo says startups like Foolproof are succeeding in spite of excessive and antiquated regulations. She says entrepreneurs are sometimes left feeling like they’ve done something wrong after filling out government applications and permits.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 32036 at http://ripr.org Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations Local Think Tank Calls For Millions In Cuts To State Spending http://ripr.org/post/local-think-tank-calls-millions-cuts-state-spending <p>A conservative-leaning think tank says Rhode Island spends more than 220 million dollars each year on what it calls non-essential state services.&nbsp; The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity says cutting this spending would improve Rhode Island’s economy.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:54:29 +0000 Ian Donnis 31410 at http://ripr.org Local Think Tank Calls For Millions In Cuts To State Spending Bill To Increase Apprenticeships Slated For Review In House Committee http://ripr.org/post/bill-increase-apprenticeships-slated-review-house-committee <p>The House Labor Committee is slated to review a bill Tuesday that could increase the use of apprentices on state public works contracts. But critics say that mandating more work by apprentices could increase costs for municipal and state projects.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A union-backed bill sponsored by Providence Representative John Carnevale would require companies bidding on public projects worth more than $1 million to have an apprenticeship program. The legislation would apply only to contractors and subcontractors with five or more employees.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:14:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 31345 at http://ripr.org Bill To Increase Apprenticeships Slated For Review In House Committee Hondas Come To Rhode Island Through The Port Of Davisville In Quonset http://ripr.org/post/hondas-come-rhode-island-through-port-davisville-quonset <p>The Quonset Business Park welcomes ships carrying Honda vehicles to the Port of Davisville Monday. This is the first time Honda has shipped products to Rhode Island shores.&nbsp; Quonset Development Corporation spokesman David Preston says he hopes the addition of Honda will help to build economic growth in Rhode Island.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31288 at http://ripr.org