Rhode Island

Morning News Podcast
10:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

The state's unemployment is at a 4 year low. A hearing on a same-sex marriage bill brought out hundreds. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Plus the guest on this week's Political Roundtable is the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Mike Stenhouse.

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Politics
8:28 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Stenhouse: Rhode Island Needs to Take More Urgent Steps

As Rhode Island tries to overcome high unemployment, some observers argue that more urgent steps are needed to spark the economy. One of the groups making that argument is a free-market think tank, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. The center’s CEO, Mike Stenhouse, stopped by our studio to talk about a proposal to eliminate the sales tax and other issues.


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Business
8:19 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Good News on Jobs Front

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years. The latest data from the state Labor Department indicates people may be finding work outside of the state.

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RI News
7:57 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Fund to Repair Roads and Create Jobs

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Rhode Island cities and towns would have access to low-interest loans for road and bridge repairs under a bill unveiled Thursday by House Speaker Gordon Fox and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.   It’s being sold as a way to jump start the state’s sluggish construction trade.

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Business
7:18 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Business Annual Reports Due March 31st

Rhode Island businesses have a little more than a week left to file their annual reports with the state.    For-profit businesses are required to file by March 31st each year.

This year the last day of the month falls on a Sunday.  However businesses can still file up to midnight on that day if they do so online.  The link for Annual Reports is found on the website of the Secretary of State. 

Businesses can also file by mail or in-person.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Competing Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due for a Hearing

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon on two competing bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. One key area of debate is the extent of exceptions for clergy and small businesses in recognizing same-sex marriages.

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Business
8:48 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Local Restaurants' Strategy Against Counterfeit Bills

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A chain of Rhode Island restaurants has instituted a new policy aimed at cracking down on the passers of counterfeit bills.

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RI News
7:59 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Providence Given Thumbs Down for Housing Investors

Providence has been named one of the most dangerous markets for real estate investors.  HomeVestors of America along with Local Market Monitor has ranked 38 markets as "dangerous"  for those looking to buy homes as rental properties.  Providence ranks number-26 and is the largest city on the list.

HomeVestors President Ingo Winzer says cities with a “dangerous” rating have a combination of high unemployment or weak job growth as well as falling, or weak, home prices.  

Education
4:47 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Bill Would Make In-State Tuition for Immigrants Law

Lawmakers hold press conference at the Statehouse on bill giving immigrants in-state tuition.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Two Providence lawmakers are throwing their support behind a bill that would upgrade in-state college tuition for undocumented students from a state policy to a state law. It’s a bill that’s been introduced before.

Two years ago the Board of Governors for Higher Education signed off on a policy that provides in-state tuition for undocumented students who have attended a Rhode Island high school for at least three years. State Senator Juan Pichardo of Providence says it’s time to upgrade that policy to a state law.

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Student Loans
3:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Student Loan Program Provides Relief in Exchange for Internships

Rhode Island College Campus
Credit courtesy RIC.edu

Internships are generally unpaid. But they will pay off handsomely under a new program announced Tuesday by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority.  Starting May 1st the Authority, known as RISLA, will forgive $2,000 of a student’s loan if he or she completes an internship worth three credit hours. It will be forgiven upon graduation. 

RISLA director Charles Kelley says the idea is to stem the brain drain, the practice of promising young college students leaving the state for lack of work.

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