Rhode Island’s business lobbyists have been pulling out all the stops in opposition to the overwhelmingly popular earned paid sick days bills in the House (H5413) and Senate (S290). In the version passed out of the Senate Labor Committee this week, the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act allows Rhode Island employees to accumulate earned […]
“Police enforce criminal law, but immigration law is civil. Using police to enforce civil law is unconstitutional,” said Jim Cowan, speaking for the Standing on the Side of Love Committee at First Unitarian Church in Providence.
Bob Flanders told me in a recent interview that there is too much partisan fighting in politics and decried those who “lob bombs at the other side.” Later that week on Twitter he called me a “lefty looney” and insulted my intelligence, my sanity, and my credibility, saying my story was “coup d’ BS.” Flanders’ […]
As House and Senate start the process of approving the State of Rhode Island 2018 budget proposed by House and Senate leadership and the Governor. In this budget is a movement to take $12.5 million from the energy efficiency fund and place it in the state’s general fund to offset the money lost from removing […]
Editor’s note: This post is part of a summer-long series, The Sociology of Trump. Every Friday RI Future will feature an essay written by a Brown University sociology student on an aspect of Trumpism. Read the introduction: Culture, power, and social change in the time of Trump. “Sociology can move our account of Trump by […]
“…these are not state funds, they are rate-payer funds collected specifically to bring much-needed energy savings to all Rhode Islanders. Diverting the funds from the efficiency programs will cost Rhode Island ratepayers more money.”
We come together as individuals, community and state organizations to oppose the use of our communities as practice sites for the U.S. military as they did, starting late at night, at 10pm on Friday, June 9th. “This is not just about notification,” said Martha Yager of the American Friends Service Committee. “Notifying us that they […]
Tuesday night, the House Finance Committee passed a bill (H-6213A) that seeks to expand the denial of vehicle registration to individuals who may have outstanding unpaid interest or penalties on fines owed to a city or town, rather than only revoking it for the amount of the fines themselves owed to the municipality. Legislation like […]
Someone sent an email to state Senator Maryellen Goodwin saying Rhode Island business owners “are fucking fed up and are extremely close to violent opposition.” The email, sent yesterday afternoon, concerned earned sick time legislation, which is being voted on by a Senate committee today. The author did not seek to change Goodwin’s stance on […]
We were surprised and disappointed by Mr. Lynch’s op-ed attacking progressives who support our national Democratic Party’s values and platform. His attack on Democrats who want a budget for the 99% instead of the 1% is inexcusable and incoherent with the values of Rhode Island Democrats. In a state that decisively sided with Bernie Sanders […]
“We knew we would never be able to battle this power plant without additional funding and we also knew despite our best efforts, the power plant could still be forced on us. The tax agreement Is to protect the interests of the Town, and since it provides for upfront money with no strings attached, we are using that money to oppose the plant.”
“Dawn Euer is a strong, passionate voice for reproductive freedom and is exactly the type of leader these times demand,” said Amy Black, Chair of Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island PAC, announcing the group’s endorsement of Euer in the Democratic primary for RI State Senate District 13.
The seizure, detention and interrogation of the young child were based solely on unsubstantiated claims from another child that the girl was carrying “chemicals” in her backpack, and occurred even after the police found nothing in the backpack.