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By REP. K. JOSEPH SHEKARCHI Tax filing season has come to a close, and most Rhode Islanders have now seen the effects of the sweeping changes made to federal tax laws on their 2018 returns. Unfortunately, many small business owners are among those who more
By H. PHILIP WEST JR. Edward Achorn came to the Providence Journal 20 years ago. He soon joined the public clamor for constitutional separation of powers - the cornerstone of American government that the General Assembly had resisted since the 1840s. His more
By SABRINA PEREIRA Rhode Island is facing a climate crisis. Since 1956, Providence's sea level has risen approximately five inches, and scientists now predict that over the next 16 years levels will continue to rise another six inches, at a more rapid more
By HANNA GALLO and JOSEPH McNAMARA The most difficult part of being a lawmaker is taking all the input you receive on many different issues and correlating it all into a sound public policy. When that issue is education, where you have to reconcile the more
By KEN MANCUSO Let's change the name of our state to Las Vegas Rhode Island. We have two casinos, and now sports betting at the casinos as well as online. This will increase gambling addiction and family problems, in my opinion. Young adults from 18 to more
By REP. JOSEPH M. McNAMARA We've all heard or read a lot lately about the state of education in Rhode Island. The recent round of RICAS (Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System) scores has left parents, educators and policymakers frustrated and more
By MEGHAN HUGHES and JULIAN L. ASSID Rhode Island is now home to one of the most significant experiments to align education and workforce development that will reap benefits for college students, employers, and the digital economy. At the center of this more
By REBECCA BOSS Rhode Island is home to more than two dozen state departments and agencies, most of them engaged in work that resonates in some way with the general public. Just think Department of Health, or Department of Transportation, or Department more
Taking care of an aging parent or loved one is an extremely meaningful and important role. However, it is widely known that caregiving duties can take up a significant part of a person's life. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, more
By BOB HOUGHTALING It's been said that substance abuse does not occur in a vacuum. With this stated, perhaps it is imperative that we begin to view one of our nation's biggest concerns from a contextual perspective. Factors like family history, more
By DR. MICHAEL DACEY The United States is experiencing dramatic changes in healthcare and nowhere is this more evident than right here in Rhode Island in the debate over the acquisition of Care New England (CNE) by Partners Healthcare in Boston. I was more
By MAUREEN MARTIN As Women's History Month comes to an end, it is a time to honor the outstanding achievements of women throughout history and celebrate the work that remains ongoing through various movements and organizations. One such movement, more
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