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By STEVEN FRIAS When government awards lucrative licenses to only a limited number of businesses, the possibilities for controversy, favoritism, and even corruption are limitless. Currently, there are three medical marijuana dispensaries operating in more
There is a theory nicknamed the Butterfly Effect, or more scientifically and mathematically known as the Chaos Theory. Simply stated, it is the idea that small, seemingly imperceptible changes - such as the flapping of a more
By STEVEN FRIAS Over the last three months, International Game Technology (IGT) and its affiliate have spent approximately $1.8 million lobbying Rhode Islanders to support a no-bid deal which will give IGT a billion dollars over the next 20 years. more
By JEANNINE NOTA-MASSE It's already October! The beginning of the fall season and the beginning of the school year are similar. You're dipping your toe in, getting a taste of the fall, yet it's mixed in with memories of summertime and you still want to more
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
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
“Have you met Victor? You’ll have to meet him,” WPRI-TV reporter Kim Kalunian asked Saturday morning. It was early, 5:17 to be exact. She filled me in quickly. Victor Colella, 96, recently … 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 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
By NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO I am proud that the General Assembly adopted a pro-business, pro-consumer budget that reflects our commitment to operate within our state's means. We are fully funding the essential programs we provide to our citizens, more
By STEVEN FRIAS Rhode Island is a unique state with unusual scandals. Last week, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello declared he did not know what to cut in Rhode Island's $9.97 billion state budget. Shortly afterwards, it was revealed that buried in next more
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