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There is landmark legislation currently pending before the General Assembly that seeks to provide something most Rhode Islanders thought they already had: a remedy for violations of their state … more
Last Tuesday, June 4, the RI House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill (H 7165A) that’s a step toward decriminalizing prostitution. Lobbyists for decriminalized prostitution have … more
“We are not meeting our shared obligation to some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children,” we wrote in 2021, in an opinion piece intended to highlight the urgent need to improve … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Pro-Palestinian protests at Brown University came to a peaceful end last week – a contrast to the mass arrests and disorder seen on many campuses across the country. Isabella … more
No state program poses a greater fiscal challenge to Rhode Island than its Medicaid program, which provides indispensable healthcare services to over one in three Rhode Islanders, including our most … more
There’s a new generation of film producers emerging in Rhode Island. They will be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, New York and the global film industry in general. We always … more
STORY OF THE WEEK State-mandated disclosures about the deaths and near-deaths of Rhode Island children have become increasingly frequent over the last year. Twenty-eight fatalities and an … more
Humans of Cranston is a recurring column showcasing the stories of Cranston community members’ community involvement, diversity, and unique life perspectives. Maria Manzi is a life-long … more
Adopted in 2010, Rhode Island’s funding formula for education — the primary mechanism for delivering state education aid to local communities—was moderately successful in increasing … more
School vacation week made for some swift journeys across the Washington Bridge. STORY OF THE WEEK As the state awaits a forensic review of what went wrong with the Washington Bridge, the … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: For a long time, it seemed as if Scott Avedisian was destined to be mayor in perpetuity of Warwick. He could be counted on to win re-election as a genial GOP moderate, even amid … more
By Rep. JOSEPH McNAMARA A neighbor recently approached me and said, “I don’t think it’s right that I have to pay $6,000 to just chew my food when I have dental … more
Eight years ago, I was named chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee. It was a position I accepted with much excitement and, to be honest, just a little bit of trepidation. Unlike other … more
Housing affordability has become one of Rhode Island’s most serious challenges. Home prices are so high that ownership is out of reach for many Rhode Islanders. Nearly half of all renters spend … more
In recent months, Rhode Islanders have seen how critical it is to have ready and reliable access to public information. We’ve also been reminded of how frustrating and challenging it can be to … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: “We’re leaving no stone unturned as far as accountability,” Gov. Dan McKee said last Friday, as he unveiled Max Wistow and Jonathan Savage as the lawyers who will … more
Ken Block’s new book, Marty Walsh for James Diossa & our fractured media landscape. There’s no truth to the rumor that Rhode Island will be the setting for a remake of … more
In Rhode Island, and especially in Bristol, April 1 could be celebrated as “Nor-west” John Day to mark that adventurer’s completion of the first circumnavigation of the globe by sea … more
Latest bridge news, nuggets ahead of the Centurion public hearing, and Smiley talks issues. It’s just a matter of time until Opening Day. You can follow me through the week  on … more
Humans of Cranston is a recurring column showcasing the stories of Cranston community members’ community involvement, diversity, and unique life perspectives. Justin Bibee is the Assistant … more
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