Key Budget Items Backed by RIPEC Analysis Include K-12 Education, Transportation, Housing; Cautions on Spending Growth, Projected Deficit, & Pension Changes   From: RIPEC – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council The fiscal year (FY) 2025 appropriations act, approved on June 7 by the House Finance Committee, contains several positive[Read More…]

by June 6, 2024

Spring Into Play at Providence Children’s Museum during April Break! Extended Hours April 13 – April 21

Providence Children’s Museum Extends Hours for April School Vacation!   From: The Providence Children’s Museum Prepare to spring into a week filled to the brim with giggles, play, and memories that will last a lifetime at Providence Children’s Museum (PCM) during the April school vacation! PCM is rolling out the[Read More…]

by April 6, 2024

News From The RIPTER! RIPTA Raises Driver Starting Wage to $25.33 Per Hour-Board Approves Agreement with Driver Union!

From The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA): The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) Board of Directors voted today to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Division 618 that would increase the starting driver wage from $21.71 per hour to $25.33 per hour. The[Read More…]

by February 22, 2024

Government Closures! Providence Schools & RIPTA

  Providence Public Schools Announces School Cancellation for Tuesday, Feb. 13 Due to Inclement Weather   The Providence Public School District announces the cancellation of all schools district-wide tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13, 2024, due to predicted inclement weather. This decision has been made with the safety and well-being of our[Read More…]

by February 12, 2024

Mass Transportation Alert! Ferry Shuttle Service! RIPTA New Years Day Schedule!

  NO SHUTTLE SERVICE IN BRISTOL FOR FERRY ON SATURDAY If you’re planning on taking the ferry from Providence to Bristol this weekend, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is alerting you of a schedule change. Although the ferry will be available to carry passengers both Saturday and Sunday, no shuttle[Read More…]

by December 29, 2023

Rhode Island-Based Jobs Grew by 1,900 from October; November Unemployment Rate Rose to 2.9 Percent

From The Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training Rhode Island businesses added 1,900 jobs in November as the state’s unemployment rate rose to 2.9 percent. Over the year, jobs were down 1,000 from November 2022, and the unemployment rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point. Through November, Rhode[Read More…]

by December 22, 2023

Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange Returns November 24 at Rhode Island State House

    From Buy Nothing Day – Coat Exchange: The Buy Nothing Coat Exchange is back in full force this year to continue ensuring everyone who needs a coat this winter has one.   Scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 24 from 9 am–1 pm on the[Read More…]

by November 1, 2023

Cranston Costco For The Win! Hopkins Administration Gets It Done

  From The City of Cranston: Cranston Mayor Kenneth J. Hopkins today expressed excitement and support for the pending formal announcement of Costco coming to Cranston. “After many months of speculation, discussions, and development meetings, I am pleased that the formal steps will be rolled out that will soon lead[Read More…]

by August 23, 2023

PVDFest Announces Return of Artisan Markets!

  From: PVDFest! PVDFest today announced that dozens of independent artisans and makers curated by some of Providence’s favorite market managers will join this year’s festival  for a weekend of shopping and community experiences along the Providence River.   “Providence is known around the country for its makers, designers and innovators,”[Read More…]

by August 23, 2023

RI Coalition-Payday Lending Reform: In Wake Of Rhode Island House Committee Passage, State Leaders/Community Members Ask Rhode Island State Senate to End Predatory Payday Loans

House Committee Passes Reforms To Payday Loan Industry Today House Committee on Corporations Passed Bipartisan Payday Lending Reform Bill  7-1: Representative Brian Kennedy The Lone Dissent   From The Economic Progress Institute Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore, State Representative Karen Alzate (District 60), State Senator Ana B. Quezada (District[Read More…]

by June 14, 2023