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The Ocean State has received its highest ever rank— 45 out of 50-- in an annual business scorecard put out by CNBC. The list ranks states for business friendliness measuring overall economic climate.

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Rhode Island will not provide the federal government with any voter roll information, following a White House email calling for a pause in the collection of data.

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Rhode Island is now a week into a new fiscal year without an approved budget. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the longer this goes on, the worse lawmakers look. 


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U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar are leading a group of U.S. senators asking the Trump administration to withdraw its request for voter roll data from states.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the nation’s governors in Providence during the 109th summer meeting of the National Governors Association, which runs from July 13th to 15th.

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The conventional  Rhode Island Statehouse wisdom was that the departure of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport for a private sector job and her replacement by Dominick Ruggerio of North Providence would usher in more cooperation between the House and Senate. The theory was that Ruggerio would get along better with House Speaker Nick Mattiello of Cranston, than did Paiva Weed.  All three are Democrats, but Paiva Weed and Mattiello had differences on policy and styles of leadership.

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An end of session impasse erupted at the State House Friday, leaving Rhode Island state government without a budget as the new fiscal year began Saturday. 

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A slew of bills heads for Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signature as the General Assembly nears the end of the legislative session. Here’s a brief list of what’s on the table.

Maria D’Allesandro, a top executive at the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, has been placed on administrative leave.

D’Allesandro, who earns about $150,000 annually, has a significant portfolio at the department. She is deputy director of commercial licensing, deputy director of gaming and athletics and deputy director and superintendent of securities regulation.

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Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said Tuesday that a newly introduced PawSox stadium bill reduces potential liability for taxpayers by using state aid to Pawtucket as a backstop for borrowing, if the envisioned stadium produces less revenue than expected.

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With support from Governor Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders, the PawSox' proposal for a new stadium in Pawtucket is on track for a fall hearings in the General Assembly.

Raimondo announced Monday she's putting her support behind a revised deal for the baseball stadium.

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Sometimes it’s hard to figure who’s in charge at the Rhode Island Statehouse. This year isn’t one of those times, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains.

In case you were wondering who’s running things on Smith Hill these days, we bring you House Speaker Nick Mattiello, a Cranston Democrat who has ushered in a $9.2 billion state budget that includes his pet project, cutting Rhode Island’s  disdained car tax.

The budget awaits Senate approval, and the General Assembly could end its 2018 session in the week ahead. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (This week's column is abbreviated due to some other commitments; cry me a river, right?)

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In a relatively brisk five-hour session, the House of Representatives approved on a party-line vote a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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The Rhode Island House will settle in this Thursday for a lengthy session to decide the state budget for the next fiscal year. The budget debate could run multiple days.

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