Gov. Gina Raimondo

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CVS Health’s chief executive says the Woonsocket-based company’s $69 billion bid to acquire health insurer Aetna will be good for consumers – and Rhode Island’s governor seems to agree.

But health industry experts say there are reasons to be skeptical.

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With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to think about things we’re grateful for. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we can all be thankful that Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is down to its lowest in years. But the "Smallest State’s" economy still faces some big hurdles. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).


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At the National Governors Association meeting this week, health care is a major topic of discussion among state leaders. The NGA’s summer meeting convened as the Senate GOP unveiled its latest version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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State government will not shut down, even as Rhode Island moves into a new fiscal year without a new budget. Lawmakers in Rhode Island’s House and Senate failed to pass a budget before abruptly ending the General Assembly session last week.

Gov. Gina Raimondo said state departments will continue to operate following last year’s fiscal budget. Raimondo said the plan will work in the short term, but the state will soon owe money it hasn’t yet allocated for a variety of promised payouts.

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The Senate Finance Committee will vote Tuesday on the $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July first.

The House approved the spending plan on a 64-to-11 party line vote last Thursday.

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A coalition of social justice and immigrant rights’ groups are calling on state officials to protect undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island. This comes after executive orders by President Donald Trump called for a heightened focus on deportations.

The coalition sent letters to Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

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A coalition of social justice and immigrant rights’ groups are calling on state officials to protect undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island. This comes after executive orders by President Donald Trump called for a heightened focus on deportations.

The coalition sent letters to Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

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State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner used his annual address to make the case that education is making progress in Rhode Island. 

The American Health Care Act narrowly passed in the U.S. House Thursday. The bill had received only one vote more than the 216 required to move on to the Senate. The bill repeals most of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Rhode Island was able to insure more than 100,000 residents through Medicaid expansion.

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A coalition of groups staged a Statehouse news conference Wednesday to call for modernizing local elections. The effort is organized by the good government organization Common Cause of Rhode Island.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo hosted a media conference call with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday. It’s the latest move in Democrat Raimondo’s efforts to rally support for her plan to provide two years of free tuition at the state’s public institutions.

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Deloitte Consulting, the firm involved with the bungled rollout of the state's new system for administering human service benefits, will provide Rhode Island with a $27 million credit, Governor Gina Raimondo announced Thursday.

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Rhode Island’s total revenue is off the mark by $43 million, or a bit less than 2 percent, for the first nine months of fiscal 2017. 

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Gov. Gina Raimondo says thousands of new jobs have been added to Rhode Island’s clean energy sector.

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 The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate in the region last year.

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