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From booze to lobbyists, here’s a cheat sheet for all the proposed taxes in R.I.’s budget

You already know about Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposals to legalize marijuana and increase the real estate conveyance tax on properties valued at more than $500,000, but there are a handful of other taxes and fees that she is asking lawmakers to consider this year.

How far will R.I. go with gun legislation this session?

A flurry of action early in the legislative session prompts questions about which gun bills might pass the General Assembly in 2020

R.I. child advocate’s office criticizes nonprofit’s youth group homes in Providence

A three-month investigation into the Providence group homes run by Communities for People found “incomplete and substandard” files and medication records, lack of supervision and unprofessional staff, sexual activity between youths, and, at one home, not enough food.


The one thing R.I. can learn from Governor Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address

In his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker sounded a lot like Governor Gina Raimondo did last week during her big annual speech to the Rhode Island legislature.

R.I. Board of Elections urged to let candidates use campaign funds for child care

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, Senator Gayle L. Goldin, and Smithfield Town Council President Suzy Alba say candidates should be allowed to tap campaign funds for child-care expenses tied to campaigning or holding office.

For R.I.’s TV stations, carrying the impeachment trial is no easy call

With President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial set to dominate news coverage, executives at Rhode Island’s three major television stations are now facing difficult questions about when to air live coverage.

Senator Whitehouse won’t be live-tweeting the impeachment trial

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was ranked the sixth-most active tweeter in the Senate last year, but you’ll probably hear a lot less from him once the opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial begin this afternoon.

A Leadership Journey begins in Providence, bringing students to Kenya, South Africa

A Providence-based nonprofit called A Leadership Journey brings students to countries such as Kenya and South Africa, aiming to foster a sense of global citizenship and leadership

Environment Council of R.I. disappointed in Mattiello’s climate change comments

The Environment Council of Rhode Island disputes House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello's comments about climate change, saying investments in "climate resilience" are good for both the economy and the environment.

Poll: Raimondo is no longer the most unpopular governor in the US

The second-term Democrat had a job approval rating of 35 percent and a disapproval rating of 55 percent.

Reed, Whitehouse gear up for Senate impeachment trial

We’re launching a weekly feature that will hold our leaders accountable and highlight the work of US Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and US Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline. We’ll also ask each of them to answer a different policy-related question every week.