Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

13 responses to “Carcieri Passes Buck for Stiffing Cities and Towns”

  1. Sharon Knettell

    A Reuters report this morning on corporate welfare talked about how large corporations blackmail the states into letting them use the state income tax they take from their employess and redirect them into their own pockets. These are called ‘rebates’. CVS has gotten 40 million in rebates over the last two years.

    Count them up!
    www.goodjobsfirst.org/search/node/CVS%20Rhode%20Island 

    Here is the report:

    www.reuters.com/video/2012/04/27/reuters-tv-corporate-socialism-alive-and-well-in-am?videoId=234103054&videoChannel=117851 
     

    Another report was in the PROJO
    www.ips-dc.org/articles/helmsley_and_the_little_people 

    I want to BOYCOTT CVS. This can be done. Many states are calling for clawbacks as these large corporations are bankrupting our states.

    There are other companies in RI that do this but CVS is vulnerable because it has stores. Large holding companies like NORTEK are more difficult as is is harder to boycott range hoods.

    Their CEO Tom  Ryan retired with a package worth over 125 million last year. He will need that to pay for Playboy bunny nurses to wipe up his dribble in his gold plated wheelchair on his seagoing nursing home yacht.

    But I digress- anyone want to help me start a boycott- or is this place all talk and no action?

    Just asking! 

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  2. patrick

    Is Don Carcieri still the governor? Your fascination to him is like yours to Bush. They’re gone, they’re out of office. How about focusing on what we have now and what we could have in the future? Instead, you support a guy who now even he admits he lied to us about the fiscal condition of Providence and you attack a guy who’s been out of office for more than a year.

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    1. PinkHatLib

      The right focuses on obscure decades old articles as if they are somehow critically relevant to contemporary mainstream Democratic politics. But the left gets criticized for even considering how the outgoing administrations affected the current economic situation. Classic. Down the memory hole!

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  3. Barry

    Carcieri is fair game since he is both the recent Governor who did a lot to change the system on taxes that has hurt cities and towns, and is currently on talk radio to defend himself.  To me his record is one of considerable disappointment, he started off talking about making Rhode Island a “shining star” but such talk soon ended. His “big audit” came to very little, he ignored his own “blue ribbon” commission on transportation financing that tried to address declining road and transit conditions, he needlessly antagonized rank and file state workers instead of trying to work with them, and he continued the decline in support for public higher education.

    Of course, as Patrick said, most focus should be on where to go from here but learning from past mistakes.  Sharon raises a good point about how companies backmail states to get special tax breaks (not just CVS but GTech, Fidelity, 38 studios, Prov Place Mall etc etc) and bring small, we are especially vulnerable.  What is required is regional cooperation as RI-Mass type rivalry does nothing for the region but underfunds both states.  
      

      

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  4. Sharon Knettell

    Yes,

    Companies blackmail states, Fidelity is a real pro but got lessons from the real bully in the state CVS.

     www.goodjobsfirst.org/states/rhode-island

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  5. patrick

    Yeah, great ideas. Let’s get these bullies out of RI! Let’s tell CVS, FIdelity, GTech and others that we don’t want their kind in RI!

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  6. Sharon Knettell

    patrick May 1, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    Yeah, great ideas. Let’s get these bullies out of RI! Let’s tell CVS, FIdelity, GTech and others that we don’t want their kind in RI

    Patrick,

    Somehow my sense of fairness is offended when Tom Ryan’s last year in office netted him over 125 million buckaroos- when Providence is 90 million in the hole and Woonsocket is going under.
    Woonsocket is CVS’s home town.

    In an article called Corporate Welfare- which I posted above- it shows how these companies blackmail the states they are in to gain a totally unfair tax advantage. The employees of these corporations assume wrongly that their taxes are going into schools roads and health instead of the corporations pockets.

    www.reuters.com/video/2012/04/27/reuters-tv-corporate-socialism-alive-and-well-in-am?videoId=234103054&videoChannel=117851

    If you looked at the other link I posted you can see that the two corporate bullies are CVS and Fidelity-no mention was made of Gtech.

    Your comment was jejune and pointless.

     

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  7. DogDiesel

    Providing tax breaks to companies to keep or bring them to Rhode Island is an admission that taxes are too high. Call it blackmail if you wish but obviously it’s a fools game if you think dropping the tax incentives is good for Rhode Island’s third highest in the country unemployment rate.
     
    By the way, lets not forget that Ryan turned CVS from a drugstore chain into the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States that created more jobs in Rhode Island than any federal or state program. Boycott away.

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  8. RightToWork

    Blackmail? I think you have the roles reversed. The politicians give these companies special loans and tax deals so that they can control them for their own political benefit. It’s the same principle as any banana republic where the sustainability and success of a business depends on the year-to-year whims of those in power. Make the powers happy and they continue the gravy train that rewards your business at the expense of competitors. Anger them and they yank all financial support. It’s horrible practice for the long-term health of an economy, such as Rhode Island’s, but it is wonderful for the politicians in charge. Economies thrive on rules and consistency, not discretion of the “elite.”

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  9. donroach

    This site and it’s coverage of Cicilline is akin to Kass speaking with Carcieri. Bob, until this site takes a hard look at Cicilline’s Providence record your post here seems just like partisan drivel.

    I for one have been tough on Governor Carcieri for many of his mistakes and will continue to be. He isn’t the reason for our fiscal mess, but he was like a man crying the sky was falling without doing enough in his power to turn things around.

    Would a Democratic treasurer come to his defense if he requested suspending the COLAs? Hahaha….laughable. He was called out so many times by unions and Democrats for his initiatives that seem tame compared to today’s changes. I recall sitting in my ca around 2004 outside the closed down Stop & Shop off of Resevoir Ave listening to the Governor on the radio decrying our pension system. That was his tune for 8 years. He cut funding to cities and towns – and his defenders would argue that’s all the power he had at his disposal because the unions wouldn’t work with him.

    I tend to think that he didn’t have the relationships with union members to bargain and thus chose the only other alternative. Still, he’s not the reason for our fiscal crisis, these bloated and unsustainable pensions are.

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  10. Sharon Knettell

    DogDiesel May 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Providing tax breaks to companies to keep or bring them to Rhode Island is an admission that taxes are too high. Call it blackmail if you wish but obviously it’s a fools game if you think dropping the tax incentives is good for Rhode Island’s third highest in the country unemployment rate.
     
    By the way, lets not forget that Ryan turned CVS from a drugstore chain into the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States that created more jobs in Rhode Island than any federal or state program. Boycott away.

    Taxes must be too high because many municipalities are broke- call it mismanagement- but East Greenwich has three times the per family income as Woonsocket. You sound like Rep. Watson of East Greenwich. Are you sure you are not?

    Taxes must be too high because Providence is 90 million in the hole.

    Taxes must be too high because they are cutting RITE CARE.

    Taxes must be too high because they said to Woonsocket- oops! you cannot get that 4 million we promised you even though 37% of their school budget is for STATE MANDATED PROGRAMS. as opposed to 29% in East Greenwich.

    Taxes must be too high because Woonsocket’s spending per student is 9700- less than the 10,000 national average. East Greenwich’s is 12,700.

    Taxes must be too high because the streets on the East Side look like France after the battle of the Somme.

    Taxes are too high because we may lose our hospital in Woonsocket.

    CVS settles a law suit for Medicare fraud overcharging the elderly.

    CVS has suits against it for medical waste dumping.

    CVs forces its stores into area where they are not wanted and are fought by the residents who have to pay their own lawyers.

    CVS has been cited for keeping the surroundings of their stores filthy.

    CVS THREATENED to leave Woonsocket in order to get those tax ‘breaks’. Ironically, the workers who make the ‘higher’ incomes do not live in Woonsocket.

     

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    1. DogDiesel

      “Taxes must be too high because many municipalities are broke- call it mismanagement- but East Greenwich has three times the per family income as Woonsocket. You sound like Rep. Watson of East Greenwich. Are you sure you are not?”


      Exactly! Mismanagement! You answered your own question. Is it any surprise that the cities in this state that have elected their mayor/manager/administrators are in the deepest trouble. By the way EG has a professionally hired manager. Maybe again you answered your own question. As for the Bob Watson comment, I understand when you have no legitimate argument stooping to insults is your only option.

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  11. patrick

    “Taxes must be too high”

    Clearly, Sharon Knettell is Jimmy McMillan.

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