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Some Rhode Island Taxpayers Refunds to be Delayed

Federal Refunds Delayed to Feb. 15 for Rhode Island Taxpayers Claiming Two Key Tax Credits; Plan Ahead, IRS Says RI-2016-001, Nov. 17, 2016 WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today reminded Rhode Island taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) to plan on a refund delay until A recent federal law change aimed at making it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, requires the IRS to hold the refund of any tax return claiming either the EITC or ACTC until Feb. 15. By law, the IRS must hold…
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RIDOT ends Federal Fiscal Year with $174 million in its construction program

FFY16 program is $60 million higher than previous year The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that RIDOT put $174 million out for bid during the 2016 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY2016) - $60 million more than it did in the previous year and $74 million more than it did in FFY2014. The details of the year-end accomplishments were published in RIDOT's latest quarterly report. The report covers the quarter ending September 30, 2016, the close of the federal fiscal year. "We closed out the prior quarter and the Federal Fiscal Year with an impressive number of accomplishments, not…
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Mayor Elorza Introduces New Licensing Kiosk to Business Community

Tool is Part of Innovation Efforts to Improve Customer Service, Efficiency, and Local Business Climate PROVIDENCE, RI- Mayor Jorge Elorza, Sin Bakery proprietor Jennifer Luxmoore, Department of Innovation Director Emmanuel Echevarria, as well as staff from Providence's Licensing Office today introduced the City's new Licensing Kiosk. The addition of the innovative tool and the Viewpoint digitized platform is part of Mayor Elorza's efforts to streamline licensing processes and improve the experience of customers when applying for a license through the Board of Licenses. "With the new Licensing Kiosk, our business owners can spend more time growing their businesses and less…
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Raimondo’s Statement on Rhode Island’s Economic Data

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on Rhode Island's latest jobs and unemployment data: "Job growth has been our focus since day one. With this month's growth, the Rhode Island economy has regained all private sector jobs that were lost during the Great Recession and private sector employment is at an all-time high. Along with our new Small Business Assistance Program - which will give microenterprises, minority and women-owned businesses, and other small businesses access to capital in order to grow - this very positive milestone shows momentum. We will continue to build a strong…
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Treasurer Magaziner Co-files Shareholder Proposal Calling on Wells Fargo to Address Unacceptable Consumer Fraud

PROVIDENCE, - Rhode Island has joined a group of institutional investors filing a shareholder proposal demanding Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) address recent revelations of widespread consumer fraud and take steps to protect customers and shareholders from illegal predatory banking going forward, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced today. "Wells Fargo allowed millions of Americans to fall victim to widespread fraud and the full extent of the damage to their customers, employees, and shareholders is still unknown," said General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. "On behalf of Rhode Island taxpayers and members of the State's pension system, we are entitled to know what Wells Fargo…
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Five RI civic leaders receive the 2016 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized two individuals and three institutions with the 2016 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House. State Senator Harold M. Metts of Providence; Ani Haroian of Providence; DominicanosUSA; Generation Citizen; and the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans all received the NASS Medallion Award from Secretary Gorbea. "Rhode Island is fortunate to have such a diverse group of community leaders," Secretary Gorbea said. "Leaders who inspire Rhode Islanders from all walks of life into taking a more active role in their community." President of the…
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Providence Mayor Elorza Has Meeting over Immigration Concerns

Wednesday night over 100 people turned out at the Providence Career and Technical Academy for a discussion with Mayor Jorge O Elorza about immigration concerns. The city of Providence has refused for years to hold for possible deportation any undocumented immigrant charged with a simple civil infraction. Over the weekend, Elorza vowed to continue the city’s existing policy, even if it puts Providence at risk of losing federal aid in the future. Earlier this week the Mayor made this statement “I am more convinced than ever that the work we do at the local level is essential to safeguarding the…
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U.S. Senator Jack Reed and RI Governor Gina Raimondo Visit to Providence Manufacturer Goodwin-Bradley highlights potential for growth

The event focused on Goodwin-Bradley's support from the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge - part of a $ Million Federal Grant supporting manufacturing innovation in RI Applications for next round of MIC awards are now open For Immediate Release - November 14, 2016 - PROVIDENCE, RI - Senator Jack Reed and RI Governor Gina Raimondo visited Goodwin-Bradley, a Providence manufacturer who has received a Strategic Assessment award through the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, a program of Polaris MEP and part of a comprehensive program funded by a $ million federal grant from the Department of Defense to RI Commerce Corporation. The roundtable discussion…
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