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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

9 responses to “Business leaders decide issues elected officials will pursue at economic summit”

  1. Randall Rose

    When Raimondo’s guy said “No major taxes”, he didn’t mind the tax hikes on the 99%. Stefan Pryor (Raimondo’s Secretary of Commerce) says “We have not raised a major tax” in twenty years. In fact, they just raised taxes indirectly by shifting costs to the cities and towns, leading to major hikes in car taxes and property taxes. The rich have seen tax cuts in plenty of areas, though.

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  2. Greg Gerritt

    The data is very cl,ear. there is absolutley no correlation between having a business climate that the right wing crazies love ( low taxes and a lack of environmental protection) and a healthy economy. if there were Mississippi would be an economic powerhouse and California would be down int he dumps. The entire set of policies is based on a lie.

    the reason the RI economuy is a slow growth economy is that old industrial economies that are not in Megacities have albout reched the end of growth. And the things that fools like the Commerce Secretary offer make things MUCH worse.

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  3. cailin rua

    Breaking News!

    Instead of the State House, the press conference is going to be held at Rhode Island’s premier wealth preservation organization, The Rhode Island Foundation, the shadow statehouse:

    “3. Mark your calendars for the release of two economic studies that are likely to provide a window into the Raimondo administration’s future plans. On Monday, real-estate consultancy HR&A Advisors will provide the I-195 Commission with its analysis of how the old highway land should be used. Then a week from Tuesday, on Jan. 19, the Brookings Institution will drop its much-anticipated study on how the state should approach economic development. The report, dubbed “Restart Rhode Island: A Competitiveness Strategy for the Ocean State,” will be unveiled at a Rhode Island Foundation event that will feature remarks by Governor Raimondo and Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. Brookings’ Mark Muro teased the findings on Twitter this week by highlighting Rhode Island’s #14 ranking on Bloomberg’s new State Innovation Index list: “RI looks OK at #14 but can do better; we’ll say how soon.” (Biggest surprise on that index to me: Rhode Island ranks #3 in high-tech density, behind only Massachusetts and California.)”

    http://wpri.com/2016/01/09/ted-nesis-saturday-morning-post-jan-9/

    People get ready. There’s a train comin’ but you’ll need big bucks for the ticket if you want to get on board.

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  4. Mark Binder

    Hi Steve,

    While I agree with your sentiments, the bias in your reporting means that the “what happened” in terms of content at the summit was underreported.

    Lots of things weren’t discussed that have implications in Rhode Island, including climate change, opioids, and Bernie Sanders. It’s not surprising, but it’s not news

    One of the ways that we who think we’re right on the left can begin to move the ball is to understand what the opposition is thinking.

    While I agree that alot of what they’re thinking is “Mememememe” I’m interested to know what else was discussed, besides the usual agenda of no new taxes and reform the social welfare net.

    What did we miss?

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