By Steve Ahlquist on February 4, 2016
RhodeWorks is going to happen and nothing is going to stop it.
Posted in Democrats, Economic Development, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged GCPP, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Michael Sabitoni, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, teresa paiva weed | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo has garnered praise from homeless advocates for including a $40 million affordable housing bond in the budget that she presented to the General Assembly last night.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Housing Network of RI, housingworks ri, Jim Ryczek, Melina Lodge, Opening Doors RI, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2016
In a “big win” for Providence taxpayers, the Providence City Council Finance Committee unanimously rejected the proposed extension of the tax stabilization agreement (TSA) for the property at 100 Fountain St last night.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Carmen Castillo, John J. Igliozzi, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, RIPDA, Sam Bell, STEP, Stop Tax Evasion in Providence, Tax Stabilization Agreement, Terrence M. Hassett, TSA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 1, 2016
Whitehouse’s controversial support for a new fossil fuel burning power plant in Burrillville is at odds with his reputation as a climate champion.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged #ResilentPVD, BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Clear River Energy Center, CREC, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, Leah Bamberger, Mary Pendergast, Nicholas Mattiello, Nick Katkevich, Sheldon Whitehouse, Ted Nesi | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 1, 2016
FANG is organizing a protest against Governor Gina Raimondo’s support for fossil fuels during her State of the State address Tuesday evening. They want you to join them there.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Events, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Clear River Energy Center, CREC, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fracked gas, Gina Raimondo, Nichola Matiello, Sheldon Whitehouse, state of the state | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2016
Even people who have paid no taxes are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) rebates, meaning families can receive hundreds or thousands of dollars from the government. But to do so, families must file their taxes. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free program to help people file.
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Economic Progress Institute, EITC, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Scott Slater, VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2016
“The legislation would establish a new Clean Energy and Jobs Fund that will invest in renewables and efficiency and help Rhode Islanders lower their energy costs,” said Energize RI in a press release, “The Fund will be financed by a fee on carbon pollution, beginning at $15 per ton of greenhouse gas emissions, paid by the companies that sell fossil fuels in the state.”
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Beth Milham, Clean Energy and Jobs Fund, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, Energize RI, Filarski Architecture, Interfaith Power and Light, Joseph Fernandes, Ken Filarski, Regional Economic Models Inc, remi | 1 Response
By Economic Progress Institute on January 25, 2016
New data released today shows that too many Rhode Island families remain economically vulnerable. Smart public policies that create opportunities for families to save and make investments in their future prosperity pay huge dividends for all of us.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged Annie E Casey Foundation, Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, CFED, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets, Jim Ryczek, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, State of Working Rhode Island: Workers of Color, U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey | Leave a response
By Douglas Hall PhD on January 19, 2016
Yet it feels very much like the two Brookings reports each exist in their own spheres. What Rhode Island (and arguably every other state in the nation) needs is an approach to the economy that integrates the needs of its workforce with the needs of the business community.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2016
In a state with over 14 percent poverty and nearly 1 in 5 children living in poverty, you’d think a report on creating a better economic climate might address the subject more forthrightly.
Posted in Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brookings Institute, Gina Raimondo, Peter Fisher, Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Innovates: A Competitive Strategy for the Ocean State, State Business Tax Climate Index, Tax Foundation | 2 Responses
By Samuel Bell on January 18, 2016
PolitiFactRI has a history of sloppy reporting and conservative bias that has generated national attention. But a piece on whether developers deserve huge cash handouts broke new ground.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Boston Redevelopment Agency, David Sweetser, Ed Fitzpatrick, Edward King, Gilbane Corporation, Massachusetts Miracle, Michael Dukakis, Nicholas Martin, PolitiFactRI, Stan Rosenberg, superman building | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2016
“Your participation at this Summit will essentially decide… the direction of [economic and business] issues that are going to be critical to you over the next year.” said Mark Hayward, District Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Association.
Posted in Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Pensions, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Bryant University, Center for Women and Enterprise, Gina Raimondo, Mark Hayward, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Small Business Association, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, SBA, seth magaziner, Stefan Pryor | 9 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on January 7, 2016
“During the last two days activists filed rebuttals with the Energy Facility Siting Board as they contest Invenergy’s attempt to suppress public input on its proposal to build a fracked-gas power plant proposal.”
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, Occupy, Religion | Tagged Clean Air Act, Clear River Energy Center, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Mary Pendergast, Occupy Providence, pope francis | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2016
According to the RI Progressive Democrats, “The deals pending before the city right now are even more egregious than usual. That’s because the development has already happened. There’s no question of encouraging development–the developers want their special tax deals to continue. This is just giving the city’s limited tax dollars to big developers. Pure and simple.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Providence, Taxes, Video | Tagged jorge elorza, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Sam Bell, tax stabilization agreements, TSA | 2 Responses
By Thomas Barnett on December 10, 2015
As of January 1, the Rhode Island minimum wage will be raised to $9.60. Although a good step towards financial equality, it cannot compensate for the nation’s polarizing wealth divide. We need banks to do that. In 2013, 63 million Americans spent a combined $455 billion nationwide on alternative financial services, as reported by the […]
By Claire Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Environmental Protection Agency, fang, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, national grid, Peter Nightingale, pope francis, Robert Bullard, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2015
The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) announced that Kate Brewster is stepping down as executive director. Rachel Flum, the Institute’s long-time senior policy analyst, has been promoted as the new executive director.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, People, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Flam, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, Kate Brewster, Nancy Gewirtz, Rachel Flum, RI Health Coverage Project, RI Kids Count | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2015
“Too many people have been denied a safe and stable home with their family because of something they did 10 or more years ago,” said John Prince, campaign organizer with Behind the Walls, in a statement. “Sometimes parents can’t go back and live with their kids because of an arrest, when they were never even convicted of the crime. That’s just wrong.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Featured, Housing, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Behind the Walls, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Ella Baker Center, Fair Housing campaign, Franny Choi, John Prince, Mary Kay Harris, Providence Public Housing Authority, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Sheila Wilhelm, Stephen J. Fortunato, Vatic Kuumba | 2 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on September 17, 2015
“You can’t negotiate with a beetle. You are now dealing with natural law. And if you don’t understand natural law, you will soon.” Oren Lyons, a member of the Onandaga Council of Chiefs, quoted by Mary Christina Wood in her book Nature’s Trust, sums up what’s wrong with our self-absorbed political system and its failure […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Environment, Featured | Tagged climate change, fracked gas, fracking, methane gas, natural gas, raimondo, spectra pipeline | 1 Response
By transportprovidence on September 14, 2015
The ACLU has written the City Council of Providence and Mayor Jorge Elorza calling for the rejection of Jo-Ann Ryan’s exclusionary zoning provision. The zoning, as proposed, would limit students to three-to-a-house occupancy in Zones 1 and 1A of Providence’s zoning code. Affecting areas with large single-family homes, many of the buildings in question can house far […]