The Massachusetts Minutemen and the Rhode Island Rams will face off in an Atlantic 10 clash at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Mullins Center. UMass is 14-8 overall and 10-2 at home, while Rhode Island is 11-12 overall and 2-5 on the road. The Minutemen have won five of the last seven meetings against the Rams.
UMass is favored by 11.5 points in the latest UMass vs. Rhode Island odds, and the over/under is 153.5 points. Before entering any UMass vs. Rhode Island picks, you’ll want to see the NCAA Basketball predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
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The model has set its sights on Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball betting lines for the game:
- UMass vs. Rhode Island spread: Massachusetts -11.5
- UMass vs. Rhode Island over/under: 153.5 points
- UMass vs. Rhode Island money line: Massachusetts: -746, Rhode Island: +517
- UMass vs. Rhode Island picks: See picks here
What you need to know about UMass
Last Wednesday, the Minutemen couldn’t handle the St Bonaventure Bonnies and fell 79-73. Massachusetts got off to an early lead, but sadly the Minutemen weren’t able to maintain that momentum. Even though the team lost, they still had their share of impressive performances.
One of the best came from Matt Cross, who scored 19 points along with six rebounds and five assists. Keon Thompson was another key contributor, scoring 16 points along with seven rebounds.
What you need to know about Rhode Island
Meanwhile, Rhode Island’s and the George Washington Colonials’ match on Tuesday was close at halftime, but the Rams turned on the heat in the second half with 53 points. The Rams put the hurt on the Colonials with an impressive 88-65 victory.
Among those leading the charge was Zek Montgomery, who scored 30 points along with five rebounds and two steals. That’s the most points he has scored all season. The team also got some help courtesy of Jaden House, who scored 23 points.
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Rhode Island surpasses neighbors in business tax rankings as Massachusetts plummets following ‘millionaires tax’ – The Boston Globe
And that should be a cautionary tale for the Rhode Island General Assembly as it weighs similar proposals to tax the stateâs highest earners, DiBiase said. âWe feel strongly about not going down that road here,â he said.
For years, Massachusetts ranked higher than Rhode Island on business tax climate rankings, in part because of its flat 5 percent income tax rate, RIPEC said. But now that has changed because Massachusetts voters approved amending that stateâs constitution to add a 4 percent surtax on annual income exceeding $1 million.
âWe should not lose that advantage,â DiBiase said. âAnd the other point is: We already have a fully progressive income tax.â
Rhode Island now has three personal income tax brackets: 3.75 percent on income below $73,450; 4.75 percent on income from $73,450 to $166,950; and 5.99 percent on income above $166,950.
But Senator Melissa A. Murray, a Woonsocket Democrat, has introduced legislation that would add a 3 percent surtax on taxable income of more than $1 million in Rhode Island. Under her bill, the tax revenue would be used for child care and early learning programs, public education, affordable public colleges, roads and bridges, and public transportation.
And Senator Jonathon Acosta â a Central Falls Democrat who co-chairs the Rhode Island Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Caucus â has said it is âbeyond timeâ for Rhode Island to pass legislation like Massachusettsâ âmillionaires tax.â
Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat, has warned that rich Rhode Islanders would move elsewhere if the state hiked income taxes.
DiBiase said that wealthy people are mobile and, while they might have reason to remain in large metro areas such as Boston and New York City, the rich might not remain in a small state such as Rhode Island if it raised income tax rates. âWe have a wonderful scenic state, but as a small place, why do people need to make their money here?â he said.
Also, DiBiase said the personal income tax is applied not just to individuals but to many businesses, such as partnerships and other pass-through entities. So a higher top income tax rate would reduce profits, and leave less money for investment in those companies, he said.
âIt is a business tax,â DiBiase said. âMost people think of it as cutting into an affluent lifestyle, but there is a question of cutting into business investments.â
The annual business tax climate ranking is conducted by the Tax Foundation, a pro-business think tank based in Washington, D.C.
âTaxes do affect business decisions on where to locate and invest,â DiBiase said. âRegardless of whether you agree with the Tax Foundation methodology, their rankings have an impact.â
Between 2014 and 2019, Rhode Island followed âa generally positive trajectoryâ in the Tax Foundation rankings, rising from 44th to 38th, before beginning to backslide, and Rhode Rhode Island has never cracked the top two-thirds of states, the RIPEC policy brief notes.
But this year, Rhode Island rose from 42nd to 41st in part because of the âprecipitous declineâ by Massachusetts, and in part because Rhode Island now exempts the first $50,000 of assessed tangible personal property from taxes.
Ruggerio championed that exemption, which was signed into law in June 2023, and it is expected to remove the tangible tax liability for 75 percent of Rhode Island businesses. The tangible personal property tax is paid by businesses on property other than real estate that has value by itself, such as computer equipment, furnishings, and fixtures.
âRIPEC applauds Rhode Island policymakers for taking serious action last year to improve the stateâs business tax climate by enacting tangible property tax relief,â DiBiase said. âHowever, Rhode Islandâs tax climate remains in the bottom 10 states, and there is significant room for improvement.â
For example, he called for legislators to approve Governor Daniel J. McKeeâs proposal to extend the time for which businesses can carry forward net operating losses from five years to 20 years. âProposals of this type would provide needed improvement to Rhode Islandâs business tax climate,â he said.
Rhode Islandâs current âcarryforwardâ provision is the most limited in the nation, RIPEC said, and the proposal would bring Rhode Island in line with with Connecticut and Massachusetts, which both have 20-year provisions.
When it comes to property taxes, Rhode Island ranks 35th overall, but thatâs better than the other New England states, RIPEC noted, and it marks a six-spot improvement from 2023 because of the new tangible personal property tax exemption.
RIPEC objected to additional âhomestead exemptions,â saying local officials should âresist efforts to shift a greater proportion of the property tax burden to businesses and renters.â
When it comes to sales tax rate, Rhode Island ranks 22nd with its 7 percent sales tax, placing it in the top half of states but below every New England state except Connecticut. With no sales tax at all, New Hampshire ranks first.
In 2023, McKee proposed trimming the stateâs 7 percent sales tax rate to 6.85 percent to save people about $35 million a year, but the Assembly rejected that idea. McKee did not propose a sales tax cut this year, but said he added it to a wish list if the May revenue estimating conference reveals a rosier financial outlook.
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First responders celebrate four-year-old declared cancer-free | ABC6
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — First responders took some time out of their busy days to celebrate a young boy who beat cancer.
Rhode Island State Police and other crews gathered Wednesday to honor four-year-old Brock Nowicki.
Police said Nowicki was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and declared cancer-free after completing his last treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital on Wednesday.
“He is our ‘BrockStar’ and brings smiles and joy to everyone he meets,” they added.
Former Holyoke councilor fled country
Days before the scheduled start of his trial in Rhode Island, prosecutors say former Holyoke City Councilor Wilmer Puello-Mota boarded an international flight bound for Turkey and fled the country.
Puello-Mota, 28, with a last known address on Main Street in Holyoke, was scheduled to face trial on Jan. 5 but requested an extension until Jan. 9. He was charged with possession of child pornography, obstruction of the judicial system, forgery and counterfeiting.
On Jan. 7, Puello-Mota boarded Turkish Airlines Flight 8 from Dulles International Airport in Washington, bound for Istanbul, the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office said in a bail violation filing.
“His whereabouts from that location are unknown,” Special Assistant Attorney General John C. Malloy wrote in that document. “The Defendant did not have permission from this Court to travel.”
If his trial had gone off as scheduled and if he had been convicted, Puello-Mota could have received up to five years in prison.
The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office shared the bail violation form, along with a copy of a supporting document prepared by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after a reporter shared a link to a Facebook page purportedly belonging to Puello-Mota.
That Facebook page, which has posts dating back to 2015, was changed to indicate that Puello-Mota now lives in Moscow. The page features a photo of Red Square at the Kremlin and says, in the Cyrillic alphabet, that Puello-Mota’s current place of employment is the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Puello-Mota is a former member of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, who served as a technical sergeant in the base security force at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield
The Attorney General’s office in Rhode Island declined further comment.
The office of Puello-Mota’s Rhode Island attorney, John M. Cicilline, also declined comment and requested that a reporter never call them again.
Calls and texts to Puello-Mota’s cellphone, which he used as recently as a few months ago, were unreturned. And the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Documents provided by Rhode Island prosecutors say Puello-Mota presented a passport for travel.
After he failed to appear at a disposition hearing in early January, Rhode Island authorities said the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was searching for him.
The whole criminal case against Puello-Mota stemmed from a May 2020 arrest at a hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island, after he called police to report a stolen firearm.
When they arrived, police investigating his report discovered Puello-Mota was at the hotel to meet a 17-year-old girl he’d met online. The girl told police Puello-Mota was her “sugar daddy.”
Police searched his cell phone and found nude photos and videos of the girl in a trash folder. They charged him with possession of child pornography.
During the initial investigation, the girl told police Puello-Mota had given her money. Police found evidence of payments made by Puello-Mota to the girl through the app Venmo. Puello-Mota told police at that time that he believed the girl was 22 and he had just learned she was 17.
Puello-Mota was also accused of charges of obstruction of the judicial system, forgery and counterfeiting. Prosecutors say he forged documents and impersonated his commander while a member of the 104th in an attempt to get a favorable disposition on the child porn charges.
Massachusetts State Police arrested him on May 11, 2022, at the entrance of Barnes.
He was a Holyoke Ward 2 councilor until the end of 2023 after he did not run for reelection. His fellow councilors tried to expel him, but he sued and regained the seat.
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