By Barry Schiller on May 23, 2016
The $5.6 billion is the total expected spending over 10 years in a draft Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for highways and transit going to public hearings on Thursday, May 26 (2pm and 6:30pm in the DOA Building on Smith St.) The draft documents have about 500 pages so it is not easy to review, but […]
By EnergizeRI on May 17, 2016
The Heartland Institute is “funded by groups such as the Koch Brothers, Big Tobacco, and Exxon Mobile. The only thing that Heartland seems to promote is misinformation.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, State House | Tagged Big Tobacco, Carbon Price, EnergizeRI, Exxon Mobile, Heartland Institute, Koch Brothers | 2 Responses
By Economic Progress Institute on May 11, 2016
A new report released this morning by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) emphasizes the importance of state estate taxes as tools for broadly shared prosperity and as a means to ensure that the very wealthy don’t avoid taxes by sheltering their wealth.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Douglas Hall, EITC, Elizabeth McNichol, Estate Tax, Rachel Flum, State Estate Taxes: A Key Tool for Broadly Shared Prosperity | Leave a response
By Grant Metts on May 10, 2016
Just so you know, the overarching theme of the podcast is that we’re going to give you insights into the nature of existence that will depress you. As it happens, we seem to spend a lot of time talking about RI politics, because it’s such an insightful and depressing topic. Set your expectations accordingly…
By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2016
The Economic Progress Institute’s Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Douglas Hall, PhD, talks about what a workers’ agenda for Rhode Island’s economy might look like.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, Taxes, Video | Tagged 8th Annual Policy and Budget Conference, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, The State of Working Rhode Island: Workers of Color | Leave a response
By Economic Progress Institute on May 4, 2016
“Our analysis shows there is no good public policy reason to reduce state revenue by reducing the tax that is paid by only a small number of heirs of large estates,” says Douglas Hall, Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Institute, “The state’s priority should be to help struggling working families.”
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Douglas Hall, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Estate Tax, Nicholas Mattiello, Rachel Flum | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 21, 2016
The Capital Good Fund is proving investors will support efforts that promote economic justice. The non-profit lending agency that focuses on helping people out of poverty has raised $650,000 since October through a Direct Public Offering. “We are thrilled by the response to this social impact investing model,” said Andy Posner, the founder and CEO of […]
By Robert Malin on April 18, 2016
Several hundred people rallied on the State House South Lawn Saturday to speak out on why we need Bernie Sanders to be our next president. Basically rough and ready raw footage to archive this exciting event where people are taking part in getting a President for the People elected- Bernie Sanders. Join the political revolution. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2016
Wednesday night’s Burrillville Town Council meeting lasted over three full hours, and though the council considered other business, the majority of the discussion concerned Invenergy’s proposed fracked gas and oil burning power plant. Here’s all the most important video.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Elections, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged burrillville | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2016
“It is in the sole discretion of the Town Council whether or not to grant a beneficial tax treaty to Invenergy” says Conservation Law Foundation senior lawyer Jerry Elmer, “The Governor cannot force them to do that. The EFSB cannot force them to do that.”
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CREC, EFSA, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Act, Energy Facility Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy LLC, Jerry Elmer, John Pacheco III, Oleg Nikolyszyn | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 12, 2016
Regulate RI, a coalition working to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana in the state, yesterday made the business case for the idea, ahead the House Judiciary Committee taking public testimony on the bill.
By Bob Plain on April 7, 2016
After I tweeted about it, Republican state Rep. Bobby Nardolillo wrote the governor about it, and the Providence Journal asked her about it, Gina Raimondo said she will invite to Rhode Island PayPal and other companies uncomfortable doing business in North Carolina because of a new law that legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ people. “I am […]
By Bob Plain on April 6, 2016
Republican Rep. Bobby Nardolillo wants Rhode Island to pick up the PayPal jobs that are fleeing North Carolina because that state passed a law discriminating against LGBTQ people, an idea also floated by some on the progressive left yesterday. “I learned today of an excellent opportunity to draw a high profile, internationally recognized company to […]
By Greg Gerritt on April 1, 2016
“If we stop this power plant, it will be a shot heard round the world… If we stop this plant it will be a beacon for people around the world that the empire can be stopped. That we can have a green future.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor | Tagged burrillville, Clear River Energy Center, CREC, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy | Leave a response
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 31, 2016
Until national legislation is passed providing earned paid sick time, state and local provisions can provide this important family-friendly employment standard.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Center on Economic and Policy Research, Economic Policy institute, Healthy And Safe Families And Workplaces Act, Medicaid, paid sick days | 3 Responses
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on March 30, 2016
A coalition of environmental groups and individuals, including Fossil Free Rhode Island, filed a petition asking the court to review FERC’s approval of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline expansion project.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Connecticut, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on March 24, 2016
At its open meeting on January 29, the siting board excluded numerous groups from formal participation in the review of the CERC proposal. Among those groups are the Burrillville Land Trust, the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats and an array of grassroots organizations including Fossil Free Rhode Island.
By transportprovidence on March 18, 2016
The fact that Katz is addressing this is a sign that substantial success has been made in promoting the concept of a guaranteed minimum income among liberals and conservatives.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, International News, National News, Poverty, Unemployment | Tagged c andrew morse, earned income tax credit, EITC, GMI, guaranteed minimum income, justin katz, Ken Block, Ocean State Current-Anchor | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 14, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced plans for a 1.4 mile “Enhanced Transit Corridor” in Downtown Providence.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Don Rhodes, Enhanced Transit Corridor, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, RI Department of Transportation, ridot, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Economic Policy Institute on March 11, 2016
“Real wage growth in 2015 is welcome news, since it means workers’ standards of living increased. However, this comes with two large caveats. First, wage inequality showed no sign of slowing down last year. And, meanwhile, relying on falling inflation is an unwanted and unsustainable strategy for increasing living standards.”