Attorney General Kilmartin Reaches $470 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC to Address Mortgage...

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses

McKee: Empower RI a Valuable Tool to Help Ratepayers Save on Electricity

Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Administrator Thomas F. Ahern on Wednesday announced the launch of Empower RI, a website to help Rhode Islanders shop for the best electricity prices for their homes and businesses.

Promoting green sector job growth topic of Senate action plan, roundtable discussion

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.

Reed, Health, & Water Infrastructure Officials Taking Steps to Protect RIers & Prevent Drinking...

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.

Rhode Island Annual Property Tax Report Now Available

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

Senate Approves Whitehouse Bill to Protect Servicemembers from Foreclosure

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

Senate Approves Whitehouse Bill to Protect Servicemembers from Foreclosure

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.

Raimondo Challenges State Agencies to Reduce Energy Consumption, Lower Costs

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.

Delegation Announces $18.2 Million for Water Infrastructure Improvements in Rhode Island

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.

RI Congressional Delegation Urges Federal Energy Regulators to Properly Account for Renewable Energy Resources

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve the methods for projecting electricity capacity and setting energy prices across New England.

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.

DEM Announces Availability of Brownfields Remediation Project Grants

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.

Langevin, Reed Introduce Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act

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)

State Arts Council Announces New Art Show at T.F. Green Airport

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

DEM Director Coit to Celebrate Launch of New High-Tech Hydroponic Agriculture Facility in West...

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"

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Rhode Island Treasury Reunited 8,860 People with $11.7 Million in Unclaimed...

The Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner reunited 8,860 people with $11.7 million in unclaimed property in the fiscal year that ended on June 30

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Langevin, Whitehouse Highlight Bill to Invest $170 Million in Fixing RI...

Congressman Jim Langevin and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined with state, town, and labor officials by the Factory Bridge in West Warwick to call on Congress to pass the Strengthen and Fortify Existing (SAFE) Bridges Act. The SAFE Bridges Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Whitehouse, and others last month and will be introduced in the House this week by Langevin. The bill would deliver up to $170 million to repair Rhode Island’s deficient and crumbling bridges and create construction jobs