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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.

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  After admitting to cheating on emissions tests, car manufacturer Volkswagon will pay more than $10 billion in settlements across the U.S. $570 million could go to drivers affected in the Ocean State.

Between 2009 and 2015, the German car manufacturer sold nearly 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. More than 3,000 of those were sold in Rhode Island.

Despite cheating on emissions tests, these diesel engine cars, including Passats, Jettas, and Beetles, were often sold as being environmentally friendly or "green."

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 sit down with Alden Anderson, Jr., senior vice president-partner at CBRE New England, a real estate advisory firm in Providence.

  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 are joined by Providence Business News writer Eli Sherman. Sherman is currently writing a series looking into unfunded pension and benefits liabilities of cities and towns across the state. They discuss the reasons behind these unfunded liabilities, what can be done to fix them and what might happen if they remain unfunded.

When to listen:

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

Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon hosts our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. Co-Host Mark Murphy, editor of Providence Business News, will return next week.

This week, Dave hears about the impact of parking meters on Thayer Street, the major commercial strip near Brown University. A leading critic of the meters, Ken Dulgarian, owner of the Avon Cinema and other properties, says they are devastating local businesses.

When to listen:

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

The Bottom Line: Jobs For Ex-Offenders

Jun 3, 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 sit down with U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter Neronha to learn about his quest to find jobs for parolees.  

Neronha and other advocates believe good jobs are crucial for reducing recidivism and cutting costs in the criminal justice system. They recently organized a summit to introduce employers to the process for hiring ex-offenders, and hear from  a few companies who are already doing it. 

The Bottom Line: 30 Years In Business

May 27, 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, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Providence Business News, attorney Jack Partridge joins Mark and Dave to discuss the big business milestones of the past 30 years.  

When to listen:

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

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org.     

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 Rhode Island's economy with John Simmons, Director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. RIPEC's latest economic report finds mixed signals for the local economy.

When to listen:

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

The Bottom Line: Women In Management

May 13, 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 sit down with Crossroads Rhode Island COO Michelle Wilcox, who discusses how women at her nonprofit helped her rise to the ranks of upper management.

When to listen:

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

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org.  

The Bottom Line: Employee Background Checks

May 6, 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 Christine Cunneen, co-founder and CEO of Johnston-based Hire Image, a company specializing in background screenings for job applicants. 

Their conversation delves into what employers seek in a background check, what job seekers should know about social media and disclosing their past history to a potential employer, and the legal limitations on background reporting.

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.

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 Rhode Island Energy Commissioner Marion Gold about the rapid rise of clean energy jobs in the state. 

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 Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner about the health of the state pension plan, and how to manage the state's $1.2 billion public debt.

When to listen:

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

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org  

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 sit down with Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay, a vocal critic of a new tourism marketing plan unveiled by state officials this week. 

On Friday, Governor Gina Raimondo announced the resignation of a top state marketing officer and did away with the highly-criticized slogan "cooler and warmer."

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