The all-important holiday shopping season is upon us. November and December sales are make or break months for retailers, representing as much as 20 percent of total annual sales.
The National Retail Federation is forecasting a nearly four percent increase in holiday sales this year. But local retail officials are taking a more cautious approach. Paul DeRoche heads the Rhode Island Retail Federation.
The ancient cliché is that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why it’s time for Rhode Island lawmakers to make a serious study of our state’s tax structure.
With Rhode Island’s economic recovery still trailing our New England neighbors, there is no better time for the General Assembly to launch a measured study of the way we levy the taxes that pay for roads, schools and social services.
Dunkin Donuts is replacing its Styrofoam cups in some New England communities with paper cups. But don’t expect those paper cups in the Ocean State any time soon.
Get a drink at Dunkin Donuts, hot or cold, and there’s a chance that a Styrofoam cup is involved. For the uninitiated, a cold drink served in a plastic cup is often placed inside a Styrofoam cup to prevent sweating. So what’s a ubiquitous chain like Dunkin going to do if a community bans Styrofoam?
Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling says stress from 38 Studios’ business problems was part of why he suffered a heart attack in 2011. Schilling revealed the health problem in an interview with the Boston Sunday Globe.
Schilling tells the Globe he experienced chest pains while watching his wife run in the New York Marathon in November 2011. That was seven months before 38 Studios went bankrupt, leaving Rhode Island taxpayers on the hook for close to 100 million dollars. Schilling says he was treated after returning to Boston.
Drivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will find gas prices a bit lower. The slight dip comes after a steady climb for the last month at the pumps.
A gallon for regular unleaded is down three cents this week, according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.
The average gallon in Rhode Island is at $3.77, that’s much higher than the national average. And it’s almost a dime more than drivers in Massachusetts are paying. Bay State drivers are paying an average $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. That’s down two cents from last week.
The National Weather Service predicts Rhode Island will get another one to two inches of snow Friday. This is much less than the eight to ten inches which had been initially projected for Thursday and Friday.
Gas prices continue their upward spiral in Rhode Island. The cost per gallon rose three cents this week, according to AAA of southern New England. Prices are now 28 cents higher per gallon than a month ago.
Cab stand workers at Boston’s Logan Airport are accused of corruption. Five men are being arraigned Wednesday on charges of taking bribes.
Cabs operating legally at Logan report to a taxi pool where they are dispatched to terminal cab stands in order. Prosecutors claim the cab stand workers collected between $20 and $40 from any cab driver who wanted to cut in line. Longer-distance fares would also be steered to some of the cabbies.
Some of the drivers told investigators this system nearly doubled their daily earnings.