economy http://ripr.org en 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 Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-raimondo-her-jobs-plan-i-195-development-high-stakes-testing-more <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30399 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More Taveras Unveils Plan to Match Unemployed With Job Skills http://ripr.org/post/taveras-unveils-plan-match-unemployed-job-skills <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday unveiled <a href="https://app.box.com/s/3fw6nizlkoisaoaltf7x">a plan to help provide unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills needed </a>to find jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>Taveras says even though tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders&nbsp;are out of work, Rhode Island lacks a comprehensive job training program. If elected governor, he says he’d implement an initiative so that unemployed residents obtain the right skills through CCRI to get hired.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:33:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 30277 at http://ripr.org Taveras Unveils Plan to Match Unemployed With Job Skills The Bottom Line: Why More Homes Are Selling For More In RI http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-why-more-homes-are-selling-more-ri <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#262626"><font face="Georgia, serif"><font style="font-size: 15pt">Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</font></font></font></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:11:12 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 30118 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Why More Homes Are Selling For More In RI The Bottom Line: What Will It Take To Pump Life Into RI's Economy? http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-what-will-it-take-pump-life-ris-economy <p><span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(30, 30, 30); ">Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:25:17 +0000 Chuck Hinman & Mark Murphy 29886 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: What Will It Take To Pump Life Into RI's Economy? GOP Candidate Ken Block Presents Plan To “Fix Rhode Island” http://ripr.org/post/gop-candidate-ken-block-presents-plan-fix-rhode-island <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block announced his “Block Plan” to “fix Rhode Island,” should he be elected governor.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Block outlined a series of major tax reforms he would pursue, including reducing the corporate sales tax from 9 percent to 7 percent.&nbsp; That would make it the lowest in New England.</p><p>He also called for eliminating a $500 minimum tax for new businesses. Block said the current tax policy makes Rhode Island an uninviting place for businesses and entrepreneurs.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:54:08 +0000 John Bender 29673 at http://ripr.org GOP Candidate Ken Block Presents Plan To “Fix Rhode Island” New Life For The 'Superman' Building? http://ripr.org/post/new-life-superman-building <p>There may be new hope for the tallest building in Rhode Island.&nbsp; But efforts to rehab the so-called Superman building, in downtown Providence, failed just last year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The 26 story building, built in 1928 went dark in April of last year, when its tenants, Bank of America, moved out. The owner, Massachusetts-based High Rock Development, proposed a plan to turn the office space into residences.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:40:38 +0000 John Bender 28957 at http://ripr.org New Life For The 'Superman' Building?