About 80 business people and other community leaders gathered Tuesday to find ways to bolster the state economy. Governor-elect Gina Raimondo used the event to introduce her point man on economic development.
Advocates for parkland in the Blackstone River Valley celebrated the approval of Rhode Island’s first national park last Tuesday. The park stretches more than 500 square miles, from Worcester Massachusetts all the way to Providence.
In a packed hearing room, the state’s Public Utilities Commission listened to testimony for much of the day on National Grid’s proposed 24 percent rate hike.
The increase would kick in January 1st, how long it will last is another matter. The PUC heard testimony both for and against stretching a lower rate out over twelve months as opposed to the requested six months.
Residents will get a chance Tuesday to tell the state’s Public Utilities Commission how they feel about a proposed 24 percent rate hike from National Grid. If approved, the rate hike would kick in on January 1st .
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse traded jabs with Republican Strategist Karl Rove this weekend on Fox News.
They tussled over so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, such as water boarding. Whitehouse says that constitutes as torture and did not aid in the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
“If you look at the information we had on the courier that took us to Osama Bin Laden, we had four sources on that, and those four sources all provided all the information that the CIA needed to know to track this guy before they were exposed to enhanced information techniques.”
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week, Dave and Mark talk with Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island. They discuss whether the state’s brain drain is a myth and the role a growing number of international students are playing in campus enrollment.
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The state planning council approved an economic development plan Thursday that’s been sharply criticized. RhodeMap RIcalls for more training, support for industry that play to the state’s strengths and investing Rhode Island’s maritime and defense industries.
Federal dollars helped pay for creating the plan, and that sparked concern that the government could interfere with local and state issues.
The General Assembly had asked for a long-term economic development plan by October 31st. House Speaker Nick Mattiello said Rhode Islanders need to get behind the plan.
Providence mayor Angel Taveras said he’s thrilled with a pledge from the bank Santander to make millions of dollars of loans to low and moderate-income residents.
The city sued the bank last May claiming it deliberately limited loans in minority neighborhoods. That lawsuit was dropped, and in return Santander gave Providence $1.3 million in grants and now promises to make $24 million in loans over the next three years.