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.
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.”
By Peter Nightingale on March 11, 2016
By under-taxing fugitive methane by roughly a factor ten, this bill unintentionally favors natural gas infrastructure development relative to fossil fuels with a smaller greenhouse gas potential. That is precisely the disaster that the Raimondo administration is planning in Burrillville.
Posted in Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Clear River Energy Center, Energize Rhode Island Ac, Energize RI, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, national grid, Office of Energy Resources, remi | Leave a response
Increasing Rhode Island’s minimum wage and expanding the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) boosts the economy, helps thousands of Ocean State families
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 10, 2016
Research shows that coupling an EITC increase with an increase in the minimum wage has a greater impact on reducing poverty than either does on its own. This finding contradicts those who point to one approach as superior to the other in helping low-wage workers make ends meet. Both, together, have maximum beneficial impact.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Connecticut, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Massachusetts, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House | Tagged EITC, Gayle L. Goldin, Gina Raimondo, minimum wage, Rhode Island Standard of Need, Scott Slater | 9 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on March 7, 2016
As part of the “FANG needs YOU: To protest Governor Raimondo to confront Governor Raimondo” campaign, I went to the NORAD event to confront our governor about her support for fossil fuels.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Featured, Narragansett Bay, Transportation | Tagged David Cicilline, fang, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, James Langevin | Leave a response
By Greg Gerritt on March 3, 2016
Economic growth is dead in the old mill towns of the industrialized west, and it is never coming back… what passes for growth is simply the financialization of the economy that is letting the 1 percent scoop up all of what is called growth while everyone else gets poorer, the ecosystems collapse, and the infrastructure fails.
By Peter Nightingale on March 2, 2016
Audry McClendon, ousted CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, was indicted on Tuesday for conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in Oklahoma. The indictment is the result of a four-year antitrust investigation by the US Department of Justice.
Let’s revisit some of the prehistory.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
Sen. Frank Ciccone III and Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced legislation (2016-S 2333 / 2016-H 7610) that would allow the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and permits to applicants unable to establish a lawful presence in the United States.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Frank Ciccone III, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Juan Pichardo, Meg Wiehe, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions | 5 Responses