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Recently, CNBC was once again ranked Rhode Island as having the worst business climate in the nation. CNBC referred to Rhode Island’s finances as in “poor shape,” its “tax and … more
Jeremy Rix would frown at this. He is the councilman who, in an effort to combat neighborhood rodents of the long tail variety, introduced the ordinance that now makes it an offense to spread birdseed in your yard. Seed is restricted to a feeder, or you more
By STEVEN FRIAS Currently, Rhode Island pays International Game Technology (IGT) over $50 million a year for products and services to the Rhode Island Lottery. Recently, Gov. Gina Raimondo agreed to extend IGT's contract with the Lottery for an more
I'm filing a complaint against my neighbor. It's become too much. His yakking is incessant. Just the other night I was awakened by his calling, me too.me too.me too." What on earth could be happening? The moonlit yard showed no signs of activity. Houses" more
By STEVEN FRIAS Recently, Twin River, Rhode Island's casino operator, has experienced a run of bad luck. With the opening of Encore Boston Harbor, Twin River suffered a 34 percent decline in table-game revenues and a 17 percent decline in video slot more
By STEVEN FRIAS Every month, Rhode Islanders pay a 911 fee on their phone bills, but most of the funds raised by this fee do not go to the E-911 system. Instead, every year, millions in 911 fees are diverted to pay for other expenses in the budget. For more
By HERB WEISS With the dust settling after the adjournment of the 2019 legislative session on June 30, 2019, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo halfheartedly signed the state's 2020 fiscal year $9.9 billion budget into law. The newly enacted budget more
“Rest in peace.” The words caught me by surprise. I have never thought of my father in those terms even though it’s been more than five years since he died. Rather, he has always been there. … more
I've been an independent voter since before I could even legally vote. In fact, I remember the exact moment that I realized I was an independent - well, now that I live in Rhode Island, I guess I remember the moment I became unaffiliated." I was in a" more
As long as Rhode Island pursues economic development policies designed to benefit a few businesses, rather than all businesses, its economy will trail behind other states. more
Name of column:Hart of the matter By ETHAN HARTLEY With over two years of experience at the Beacon, associate editor Ethan Hartley thought now would be a good time to weigh in personally on issues of importance to the community and beyond. This column more
Perhaps I'm too practical, because I look at cars primarily as a means of transportation. If it starts, has what I consider the basic amenities - a radio, air conditioning, handles well and doesn't drink a lot of gas - I'm happy. But obviously cars can more
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