Rhode Island

The Bottom Line
3:35 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Bottom Line: The State of Catering In RI

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 Lisa Mattiello, founder of Pranzi Catering and Events of Providence and Newport. She was recently named Small Business Person of the Year in Rhode Island for 2014.

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Health Care
8:48 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Healthsource RI Needs $4.6M For 2015

Rhode Island's health insurance exchange HealthSource RI says it needs $4.6 million dollars to keep running through fiscal year 2015.

The money would need to come from the state.  HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson says the money would cover the program's operating costs, and will allow federal funding to cover program development.

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Governor's Race
8:37 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pell Unveils State Infrastructure Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell says the infrastructure in Rhode Island is failing, and he wants to spend at least $200 million to fix it.

Pell released his transportation and infrastructure plan Thursday using the Providence train station as his backdrop.  Pell says the station is a good example of a transportation hub in need of repairs.  If elected, Pell says he would include a bond referendum in 2016 and 2018 to create a $200 million program to improve bridges, roads and highways.

He says other projects could be paid for with federal funding.

Economy
8:29 am
Fri May 23, 2014

West Warwick Residents Approve Critical Budget

West Warwick has been teetering on the edge of financial ruin for several years.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Residents of West Warwick have passed a town budget that scales back services and raises taxes as part of an effort to avoid a financial crisis.  The move is a early step for the town's path to fiscal stability.

The $86.3 million budget comes with plenty of concessions, including cuts in town programs, a 2.9 percent increase in property taxes, and reductions to public employee pensions. But town manager Frederick Presley said the concessions are necessary if West Warwick wants to avoid bankruptcy.

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Made In Rhode Island
3:06 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Made In Rhode Island: Making Lace On Leavers Looms

Workers at Leavers Lace in West Greenwich work on machines that are more than 100 years old.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Some businesses’ bottom lines rise and fall with the stock market, others with trends in popular culture. Take the fashion industry. The lace on Kate Middleton’s wedding gown sparked a trend that is being felt here in Rhode Island.

Wall Street is not what York Roberts keeps an eye on. You won’t catch him monitoring the business cable channels for the latest ups and downs in the stock market. Nope. Roberts is more likely to be watching the E! Entertainment channel for what’s hot on the red carpet.

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Politics
9:50 am
Wed May 21, 2014

RI ACLU Says I-195 Commission Should Err On The Side Of Transparency

The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU says the 195 Commission should err on the side of transparency in releasing information to the public. The commission held a number of votes in a closed session Monday without describing what they were about. A spokeswoman for the commission says it has received several proposals for land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.

Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown said the 195 commission appears to be within its legal rights by not releasing more information about its votes before signing a letter of intent.

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Politics
10:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Judge Advises Both Sides In 38 Studios Lawsuit Against Release Of Facts Too Early

Lawmakers continue to debate whether or not to pay back the money owed from the failed video game company 38 Studios.
Credit RIPR FILE

The judge overseeing the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios warned lawyers Monday about what he called the dribbling out of information. The state is suing 14 defendants to try to cut taxpayers’ losses from the failed video-game company.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein gently advised lawyers on both sides of the case against the early release of facts that he calls better suited for discussion at trial. That came after Silverstein heard arguments about whether to release documents connected to the case. The judge did not make an immediate decision on that question.

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Governor's Race
9:32 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Taveras Unveils Plan For State's Tourism Industry

Providence mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Angel Taveras says his plan for the state's tourism industry will bring more than 2000 jobs to Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

Providence mayor and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Angel Taveras unveiled his plan for the state’s tourism industry.

Taveras says he plans to spend five million dollars a year to the industry for a total of twenty-million dollars over a four year term to promote the state. Taveras says the plan would create about 2600 new jobs in the state, helping the floundering economy.  Rhode Island’s unemployment remains the nation’s highest at more than eight percent.

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The Bottom Line
2:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Farmers Help Grow RI’s Economy

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 Ken Ayars, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture. They talk about the state of local farming, the changing definition of farming and how farms contribute to the local economy.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Paying For It
8:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans

Students walk through Bryant University's campus in the warm weather. Bryant University students average the highest student debt in Rhode Island.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

In the final installment of our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visits the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority to speak with Executive Director Charlie Kelley. She asked him to walk through the payment system for a student who has borrowed $31,000, about the average for recent graduates in Rhode Island.

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