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Office of Economic Recovery and Reinvestment

08/24/2010 12:00 EDT
The U.S. Department of Education today announced that the State of Rhode Island was one of 10 states to be selected in Phase II of Race to the Top, the competitive $4.35 billion federal program to reward and encourage innovative states that are making significant progress with their education...
08/16/2010 12:30 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman James Langevin will join RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis and other Federal, State and local officials to break ground on the Wickford Junction Train Station. The event, featuring Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Peter...
08/03/2010 14:45 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri and the Office of Energy Resources today announced that National Grid has been awarded a $2.3 million Recovery Act grant to offer consumer incentives for residents who heat their homes with propane and oil to make energy efficiency improvements. Under this program,...
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Governor Gina Raimondo

07/31/2015 13:45 EDT
Program is a Win for Workers, Win for Employers and Win for Rhode Island WARWICK, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the 21 recipients of the Real Jobs Rhode Island planning grants available through the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT). Real Jobs Rhode Island is a...
07/30/2015 15:00 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts today issued the following statements in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs: "Medicaid serves one in four Rhode Islanders, helping build healthier...
07/29/2015 14:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo hosted a bill signing ceremony today, during the 25th anniversary week of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to mark the passage of legislation (H 5564A and S 465A) enabling the creation of tax-free investment accounts to support services for children...
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Department of Revenue

07/29/2015 08:00 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state's 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state's hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The...
07/29/2015 08:00 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released its report on the state 5% hotel tax. The report looks at the collection and disbursement of the state's 5% hotel tax which is levied on the rental of lodging for less than 30 consecutive days at the state's hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The...
07/28/2015 14:15 EDT
The Office of Revenue Analysis released two reports today—the FY 2015 local 1% hotel tax collection report and the 1% meal and beverage tax collection report. These reports compare local collections of both taxes by community on a month-to-month, year-over-year, and fiscal year-to-date over fiscal
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Lt. Governor's Office

07/01/2015 17:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee released the following statement after the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to end the "billing adjustment" practice that left thousands of customers with unexpected charges on their bills after they switched to...
06/30/2015 14:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide Wednesday whether to eliminate the so-called "billing adjustment" that has cost National Grid customers about $1.5 million so far this year after they switched to competitive electricity suppliers. As co-chairman of the...
06/11/2015 17:30 EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee on Thursday released the following statement on the firefighter overtime legislation: "I am pleased that the voice of municipal leaders throughout Rhode Island has been heard, and that Senator Lombardi will not seek a vote on the bill at this time.

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Department of Health

07/23/2015 15:15 EDT
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have issued a health advisory for Blackamore because of blue-green algae blooms in both bodies of water. Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid recreational activities in that body of water,
07/23/2015 13:00 EDT
Providence -- The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Paradise Pond in Middletown due to a detected blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae causes toxins that can harm humans and animals....
07/23/2015 10:45 EDT
In an effort to educate Rhode Islanders of the dangers posed by ticks this time of year, the Department of Health (RI DOH) urges all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves from tick bites and to check themselves for ticks after spending time outdoors to help prevent Lyme disease. "We want people...

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Department of Transportation

07/31/2015 03:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it is undertaking an additional environmental study mandated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), under the Section 7 Consultation provision of the federal Endangered Species Act, prior to the demolition of the...
07/21/2015 12:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reopening the Park Avenue Bridge effective today. The bridge was closed on Tuesday, June 23. That same day, RIDOT reached out to contractors to solicit bids for repair, and a meeting was held with potential contractors on Thursday, June...
07/20/2015 11:00 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is continuing its efforts to restore the state's roadways and bridges with an improvement project along Dexter Street in Central Falls and Pawtucket. Over the course of the next year, crews will resurface the roadway from School Street in...

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Office of the Attorney General

07/22/2015 12:00 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today joined 44 other state attorneys general calling on five major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology to their customers. In a joint letter (link to letter) to the chief executives of the carriers, the attorneys general said a new Federal...
07/21/2015 14:45 EDT
17th Annual Summit Scheduled for Friday, July 31 Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is pleased to announce that his latest Open Government Summit is scheduled for Friday, July 31, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI. The Summit is free and
07/21/2015 14:30 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that yesterday a Providence County Superior Court jury found Troy Footman (age 53), of Boston, guilty of two counts of sex trafficking a minor, two counts of pandering, and one count of operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license. The jury...

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Office of the Secretary of State

07/29/2015 13:30 EDT
First meeting to take place Thursday, July 30, at 4:00PM Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has convened a Voting Equipment Task Force that will help inform the Department of State's process for researching and acquiring new voting equipment. The existing voting equipment has been in use since...
07/22/2015 11:15 EDT
"I am excited that the Rhode Island Department of State has been awarded a $35 thousand grant from the Knight Foundation's Knight Prototype Fund to explore new and innovative ways to increase voter participation among younger Rhode Islanders. The Rhode Island Department of State is dedicated to...
06/30/2015 12:30 EDT
Voters in North Smithfield will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 7, for a Special Election to fill a vacancy on the Town Council. On Thursday, July 2, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will host a voter outreach event in North Smithfield aimed at increasing awareness and voter participation.

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Office of the General Treasurer

07/22/2015 17:45 EDT
July 21, 2015 Chair Mary Jo White Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549 RE: Standardized Private Equity Fee Disclosure Dear Chair White: As state Treasurers and Comptrollers, we hereby urge the SEC to require general partners to make...
07/22/2015 16:30 EDT
More than $100 million in savings will be used to fund economic development and school construction PROVIDENCE, RI – General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced the results of a successful $175 million General Obligation bond refunding. The debt restructuring will fund economic...
07/22/2015 10:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced the formation of a national coalition of public pension leaders overseeing approximately $1 trillion in assets, joining together to call on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen transparency of private...

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Department of Business Regulation

04/29/2011 04:30 EDT
Contact: Joe Torti Office: 401-462-9620 jtorti@dbr.ri.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2011 Decision Affirming Constitutionality of Rhode Island's Solvent Insurer's Commutation Plan Makes State Attractive to Insurers in Run-Off New York/Providence â€" (April 27, 2011) â€" In a decision...
07/27/2010 09:45 EDT
On July 21, 2010, GTE REinsurance Company Limited (“GTE RE”), a solvent reinsurer based in Providence, R.I., appeared before the Providence County Superior Court at a hearing to obtain approval to put an unprecedented Commutation Plan before the reinsurer’s creditors so they may vote for its...
06/16/2009 00:00 EDT
Press Release June 15, 2009 LOAN MODIFICATIONS The Division of Banking (“Division”) of the Department of Business Regulation finds that a position statement regarding loan modifications is necessary in order to provide clarity to the industry and to consumers. The Division has learned...

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State Council on the Arts

06/15/2015 13:00 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the availability of application guidelines for the new State Cultural Facilities Grant Program (SCFG). This program, approved by the voters as a bond initiative in November 2014, will provide $6.5 million in capital improvement...
06/10/2015 10:45 EDT
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by Ben Wohlberg will be held from May 28 through July 30, 2015 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists in...
05/26/2015 12:15 EDT
Active-duty military and their families, including National Guard and Reserve members, can attend a number of Rhode Island museums and historic houses for free through Labor Day through the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families,...

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Economic Recovery

08/24/2010 12:00 EDT
The U.S. Department of Education today announced that the State of Rhode Island was one of 10 states to be selected in Phase II of Race to the Top, the competitive $4.35 billion federal program to reward and encourage innovative states that are making significant progress with their education...
08/16/2010 12:30 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman James Langevin will join RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis and other Federal, State and local officials to break ground on the Wickford Junction Train Station. The event, featuring Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Peter...
08/03/2010 14:45 EDT
Governor Donald L. Carcieri and the Office of Energy Resources today announced that National Grid has been awarded a $2.3 million Recovery Act grant to offer consumer incentives for residents who heat their homes with propane and oil to make energy efficiency improvements. Under this program,...

Economic Recovery Web site

Executive Office of Health & Human Services

10/16/2012 16:30 EDT
To introduce and help prepare the insurance industry and attorneys for the launch of the Medical Assistance Intercept System (MAIS), the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) will be hosting five (5) informational webinars in October. Insurance companies conducting...
04/10/2012 16:30 EDT
Joined by officials of Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center (Pawtuxet Village), Steven M. Costantino, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Department of Health (HEALTH), today announced that Pawtuxet Village is...
03/28/2012 15:15 EDT
In a letter to Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center's legal counsel at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), expressed ongoing concerns regarding clinical care issues at Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center.

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Department of Corrections

02/20/2015 15:15 EST
CRANSTON â€" February 19, 2015 - On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Prison PUP Partnership Program at the John J. Moran Medium Security...
12/09/2014 11:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. â€" September 3, 2014 â€" On Tuesday, August 12th, Corrections Director Ashbel T. Wall, II will presented Taylor Campbell with a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship Award on behalf of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA. The annual award is available to children of...
12/09/2014 11:15 EST
CRANSTON, R.I. â€" November 25, 2014 â€" Effective Monday, November 17, 2014 Cory Cloud became the new Departmental Grievance Coordinator for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC). As Grievance Coordinator Cory will be responsible for the coordination of inmate grievances in the RIDOC;

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