Seven Short Essays On The Rhode Island Economy

Seven Short Essays On The Rhode Island Economy

As Rhode Island’s economy struggles along, I’ve wanted to write several essays on the situation. Sadly, doing my part in the regional economy has me a bit over my head still…yes, even 18 months in. The ship of [redacted] turns, but slowly. So instead of boring RI Future readers with 7,000 words, here are seven [...]

Sen. Jack Reed, delegate Mary Alyce Gasbarro, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse at delegation breakfast on the last day of the DNC. (Photo by John McDaid)

Note to Obama: Leave Our Senators Alone

Could we please have one day in which one of our recently- or even not so recently-elected pols isn’t a candidate for some other job? If the #2 line prep cook in the East Wing kitchen calls in sick, Politico will immediately speculate that Obama is already talking to Jack Reed. Leave our Senators alone. Operative [...]

Open PVD Public Hearing: Insider’s Report

Open PVD Public Hearing: Insider’s Report

The Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability held its public hearing tonight at RISD’s Chase Center. According to public hearing veterans, it enjoyed excellent attendance and a high level of public engagement. As a commissioner, the energy level of off-topic, single-issue commentary on the Facebook events page gave me some cause for concern (scroll [...]

Open PVD: Transparency and Accountability

Open PVD: Transparency and Accountability

Exciting news for me! I’ve been asked to serve on the newly-created Open Providence Committee for Transparency and Accountability. Let’s call it Open PVD, okay? The committee, created by an act of the City Council, is tasked with developing guidelines and systems to help people interact with city agencies, gain easier access to government information [...]