What to make of the news that CVS Health, which is headquartered in Rhode Island, is opening a high-tech center in Boston. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.
Rhode Island-based CVS Health employs more than 7,000 workers in our state. The pharmacy giant calls Woonsocket home, but the recent news that it is opening a high-tech center in Boston sent shivers through segments of the business and economic development community in a state with New England’s highest unemployment rate.
It’s been almost two years since five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies received a financial windfall from the Google settlement. Google was forced to pay a $500 million fine for illegally selling drugs to Americans without a prescription. About half of the money was returned to the Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that investigated and tried the case. How the three largest recipients are spending the money.
The City of East Providence says there are just a few more details to button up before it waves good-bye to the Budget Commission that’s been overseeing city finances. A state-appointed finance officer will step in next.
North Providence police officers will soon be riding in style. The town is completely replacing its fleet of cruisers. RIPR’s Flo Jonic tells us how they’re paying for it.
The town of North Providence is poised to buy 32 new police vehicles with proceeds it earned through the successful prosecution of Google. Google agreed to pay a $500 million fine for marketing illegal Canadian prescription drugs to Americans. As one of the Rhode Island investigating agencies, North Providence earned 60 million dollars of the settlement.