Parents, politicians, teachers and taxpayers must better prepare people for life after an institution. This holds true for both ACI inmates and Rhode Island high school students. Public high schools no longer stress hands on training. Instead, they focus on English, math, science, history, though these subjects are hard pressed to hold a teenagers’ attention […]
RI Future was today able to confirm that internal affairs officer Lt. Luis San Lucas rendered a guilty finding against two Providence Police officers for being in violation of department rules and regulations in their treatment of John Prince, of Providence. A third officer Prince was found to be not in violation.
Rhode Island needs to repeal its version of the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). We need to do this because our state is the birthplace of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. We need to do this because it is integral to the very DNA of Rhode Island that we brook no persecution or privilege based on deeply held religious convictions.
Philip Terzian has been a Pulitzer Prize juror, a speechwriter for a former U.S. Secretary of State, and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, and the American Spectator. According to his bio, he has “reported from a dozen foreign countries,” written a book called Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century, and […]
When Raimondo considers the drivers of high Medicaid costs, she ignores key problems. Instead of blaming “High Utilization,” an “Aging Population” or “fraud, waste and abuse” says the PNHP, we should be looking at the fact that “multiple payers create enormous excessive administrative costs and unfairly ration care.”
Michael Saltsman lays out some specious reasoning and faulty arguments for why restaurant owners should be able to legally pay servers less than the minimum wage. That’s fine, as a public relations professional employed to advocate against low wage workers, that’s his job. The Providence Journal, on the other hand, failed at its job and […]
Look around any impoverished neighborhood in Rhode Island and you’ll easily find a neon sign above a storefront offering a payday loan. This is what legalized loan sharking looks like. Such stores have sprung up all over the poorest parts of Rhode Island since the legislature passed an exemption to state usury laws in 2001. […]
“She called the police and had him arrested. He was charged, had to go through a trial, and he lost. They said he violated the protective order. That case went to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and it was overturned. But something as simple as that, ‘How are you doing?’ and you could be right in the middle of this [law], losing your firearms, and you could be convicted of that.”
Intact Rhode Island doesn’t have a lot of political power. No legislators at the State House have publicly supported their efforts, no legislation is being introduced on their behalf. The issue is seen as too divisive and flies too close to issues of religious freedom for the comfort of politicians.
In the future predicted by the leaders of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, there will be fewer and fewer people able to pay taxes or in any way participate in the economic system of our state. Robots, however, will be productive and very taxable.
Providence needs modern bike infrastructure, but private interests stand in its way. Regency Plaza Apartments and the Providence “Dunk” Convention Center should not get to decide what happens to Providence’s streets. We should. Sign the petition: Broadway and Sabin St. should get modern design standards to improve conditions for all users. Regency Plaza would like […]
Imagine you are late to work. And in your rush to get to the office on time you run a red light. A cop sees the infraction, and to make matters worse you weren’t wearing your seatbelt and didn’t have your driver’s license or proof of insurance. Now imagine you have to go to traffic […]
Governor Gina Raimondo has been hosting “listening sessions” with different constituencies among the education community in hopes of gleaning a better sense of what is expected from the next commissioner of education. In February, she met with teachers and principals in Providence. In early March, she met with parents and administrators in Cranston. And last […]
In an effort to stymie parents interested in opting their children out of PARCC, Providence Public Schools created a secret permission form. Not all schools even know about the form. There was confusion at the front offices of several schools. At one, I was told, the guidance department hadn’t heard anything about an opt-out program. Another […]
“This issue speaks to how we believe society should be shaped. Do we believe that our citizens deserve equal treatment and deserve full equality, or do we believe that there is a second tier that women, increasingly, belong to?”