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Question #4: In-State Employment Rate of URI Engineering Grads Does Not Justify $125 Million Tab for Taxpayers

This Tuesday, Rhode Island taxpayers will be asked if they are willing to pay an eye-opening $125 million, excluding interest, to construct a new building and renovate existing buildings at URI’s College of Engineering. Proponents claim it will improve Rhode Island’s workforce, but how many URI engineers are actually staying to work in the state, right now?

Breaking Down the Greencore Deal

Rhode Island is celebrating the promise of 390 jobs being brought to Quonset Point, but a more careful look at the deal raises questions about whether it follows the right strategy for economic development.