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Cases Remain Steady: A summary of the governor’s March 25 press conference

Coronavirus cases remain steady as vaccinations climb in Rhode Island. State leaders today announced 7,000 doses were administered daily, with last week hitting an all-time high of 70,000 doses given out. Vaccine supply in Rhode Island is slowly increasing, and officials expect to hit 100,000 a week by the start of June. COVID response executive […]

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All RI Adults Will Be Eligible for Vaccine Appointments Next Month: A summary of the governor’s weekly COVID briefing

All Rhode Island adults ages 16 and up will be eligible for vaccination appointments starting April 19, Governor Dan McKee announced today in a weekly briefing with the press. This announcement comes days after state leaders were ratcheting down expectations of hitting an ambitious May 1 eligibility goal set by President Joe Biden. The vaccine […]

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Restrictions Continue to Relax: A summary of the governor’s March 11 press conference

COVID cases are on the decline, vaccination rates are trending upward and businesses can look forward to new relaxed restrictions. Governor Dan McKee and state officials announced starting today and next week many businesses will have higher capacity limits, and bars will be able to be open until midnight when serving food.  “Be very diligent, […]

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Governor McKee Releases His $11.2 Billion Budget Proposal: New gov proposes an end to prohibition

Governor Dan McKee released his $11.2 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year today in a budget briefing with the press. He inherits a big task from predecessor Gina Raimondo — balancing a deficit of $336 million dollars with some new budget priorities. Federal dollars will provide a big boost to state and local […]

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25% of RI Adults Vaccinated: A summary of the weekly COVID press conference

There was a different look at the weekly COVID press conference today. In addition to newly minted Governor Dan McKee’s presence, state officials sat behind tables throughout the conference, with local thought leaders drawing comparisons to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. “Together we will beat COVID-19, who is our enemy and we will beat […]

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Supporting Childcare: Question 5 aims to help childcare facilities with their thin margins

In early 2020, Jenni and Dennis DeLoach were about to expand their business. They started Joyful Hearts Childcare in 2008; it functioned originally as a home daycare. Three years later, they opened their first center-based facility inside of the First Baptist Church on Cotter Street in Pawtucket. They are licensed for 39 kids inside that […]

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Affordable Housing: Ballot question 3 aims to develop Rhode Island’s stock

Housing prices across the state set new records last year under the COVID-19 pandemic. Pundits speculate the reason is high-income professionals fleeing urban areas in record numbers (possibly turning Rhode Island into a bedroom for Boston), but the impact is struggling residents are getting strangled by the increase in rent. Affordable housing, already vanishing prior […]

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