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President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed today hosted a roundtable discussion of alegislative action plan and corresponding legislation intended to promote job growth in green industries in Rhode Island. Entitled “Grow Green Jobs RI,” the action plan focuses on a wide spectrum of industries, including renewable energy, home energy conservation, constructing environmentally sound infrastructure, agriculture, seafood and recycling.
In an effort to ensure that tap water in Rhode Island remains clean and safe to drink, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today met with local, state, and federal officials at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to ensure water problems like those in Flint, Michigan don’t spout up in Rhode Island.
The R.I. Division of Municipal Finance has issued its Fiscal Year 2016 Property Tax Cap Report summarizing compliance with the state property tax levy cap of 4 percent, now in its ninth year
Last evening, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s bill to keep military servicemembers and veterans out of foreclosure and in their homes after transitioning from active duty
Last evening, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s bill to keep military servicemembers and veterans out of foreclosure and in their homes after transitioning from active duty.
As part of her efforts to reduce the effects of climate change and transition to a cleaner, low-carbon energy economy, Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an Executive Order to task state agencies with reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions throughout their facilities.
After reversing proposed cuts to clean water infrastructure programs, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $18.2 million in federal funding for water infrastructure projects in Rhode Island. Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the funding will go to two federal-state loan programs that supply local water systems with low-interest financing for projects that protect public health and environmental quality.
Mortgage Loan Originator Pleads Guilty, Unlicensed Appraiser Charged in Ongoing Mortgage Fraud Investigation
An ongoing federal and state law enforcement investigation into alleged mortgage fraud in Rhode Island has resulted to date in a former mortgage originator pleading guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and an unlicensed real estate appraiser being charged with allegedly stealing the identity of other appraisers when performing and submitting real estate appraisals to banks as documentation for mortgage loan applications.
he Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is soliciting proposals for brownfields site redevelopment projects that will support the cleanup of contaminated property and contribute to the state's economic vitality. Five million dollars in grant funding, which supports an estimated 365 local jobs, is available over the next four years through the new Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund.
Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Tom Reed (R-NY) have introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2015, which would create expedited tax incentives for property owners to install automatic fire sprinkler systems. Companion legislation was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE)
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition, entitled THE LOQUACIOUS LINE, will be held from September 16, 2015 through January 3, 2016 at GREEN SPACE, a gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists
Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit will participate in a ribbon-cutting event for a new hydroponic agriculture facility in West Kingston on Thursday, September 17. Atlantic Produce, Inc.'s new 8,435 square foot facility is the first commercial hydroponic greenhouse to operate in Rhode Island. The company will grow and distribute leafy green vegetables and herbs to local restaurants and grocery stores under the brand "Boston Greens"
Governor Gina M. Raimondo today joined with representatives of Rhode Island Housing and Rhode Island College to launch Ocean State Grad Grant, a new program designed to encourage recent college graduates to make their home in Rhode Island.
A new law passed by the General Assembly protects the right of tenants and condominium dwellers to hang religious artifacts in their doorways without interference from condo associations or landlords. The law, which was the result of legislation (2015-S 348A, 2015-H 5986A) sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller and Rep. Aaron Regunberg and which Gov.
The Department of Health recommends the closure of Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth to swimming due to high bacteria counts. Officials will continue to monitor the water quality and recommend re-opening when the areas are safe for swimming. Water quality analysis is conducted by the State Health Laboratory or a state certified laboratory