The Bottom Line

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave discuss the state of the 38 Studios settlements. In the latest deal, executives from the failed video game company, including former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, agreed to pay $2.5 million to the state. This was the second settlement announced this month; the other was worth $25 million, with financial firms Wells Fargo and Barclays Capital.

  Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave speak with Edward Mazze, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island.

The three discuss Providence Business News’ Summer 2016 Business Survey. They weigh in on positives and negatives in the report, and the changes to Rhode Island’s business climate. The group also talks about developing a “tech savvy” workforce, as well as the lingering effects of the Great Recession.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave speak with Frank Tweedie, Dean of the Johnson and Wales University School of Engineering and Design.

This week, the University opened the John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation. The 71,000 square foot building is the first to be completed on the vacant I-195 land in Providence. Tweedie talks about the new facility, as well as the school’s approach to science, engineering and biotech training.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

 

This week Mark and Dave speak with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien about the RI Infrastructure Bank. The quasi-public agency awarded more than $17 million to fund green municipal projects.

  Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week Mark and Dave speak with Rhode Island Public Radio political commentator and longtime reporter Scott MacKay about unfunded state pensions, and those in the cities and towns across the state.

According to data from the Providence Business News, the sum of those statewide liabilities is more than $5 billion.

When to listen: You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave speak with Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian. He's got an update on the development of Warwick’s new ‘City Centre,' details about a new hotel and the plan to use T.F. Green Airport as an engine to drive economic growth in the region.

 

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, Mark and Dave speak with Neighborhood Health Plan President and CEO Peter Marino. Neighborhood Health is launching a new initiative aimed at streamlining the sometimes thorny process of navigating Medicaid and Medicare.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

The Bottom Line: Creating A Culture Of Innovation

Apr 29, 2016

  Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Richard Culatta, Rhode Island’s first chief innovation officer, appointed in January.

They talk  fostering innovation in government, collaboration with businesses and the public, how to change old thinking about new ideas, and overcoming the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Rachel Flum, the executive director of the Economic Progress Institute. The Providence-based economic think tank hosts its conference “Rhode to Economic Progress: An Agenda for Workers” next week.

 

Flum previews the conference and discusses economic and labor issues affecting working people, including developing policies on minimum wage, teaching job skills and affordable health care.

The Bottom Line: Should RI Tax Carbon Emissions?

Mar 11, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat about PBN's winter survey of local businesses. Chalk it up to a shaky global economy or rising health care costs, businesses are feeling queasy about their local prospects.

 

When to listen: 
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave discuss the passage of a controversial toll on commercial trucks; and a new requirement for health insurance companies to invest in alternatives to fee-for-service payment schemes.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave speak with John Simmons, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, to discuss how to tolls, bonds and taxes may help pay for bridge and highway repairs among other topics.

 

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Dr. Louis Rice, president of the University Medicine Foundation. The foundation has partnered with Bryant University to provide leadership training for doctors.   

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave discuss the outlook for retailers this holiday season with Paul DeRoche, senior vice president of government relations at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

According to DeRoche, retailers have noticed that millennials eschew aparrel in favor of devices like smart phones. For the holiday shopping season, DeRoche predicts sales volume will increase by 5 percent from 2014.

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