By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2015
Her fifteen minute walk took about forty minutes. “It was miserable,” says Robin of her trudge through the blizzard, “and absolutely dangerous. There were plows everywhere and the sidewalks weren’t shoveled. I could have had my boyfriend drive me, but there was driving ban and I’m not on the exempt list.”
By Bob Plain on January 20, 2015
As President Obama lays out his tax plan for addressing income inequality in tonight’s State of the Union speech, in the first lady’s VIP box will sit a poster child for excessive CEO pay – Rhode Island resident and CVS CEO Larry Merlo. Merlo got the invite thanks to the fantastic corporate example the Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2015
“It makes me so angry that I am doing everything I can to provide for my family and do my job the best I can and Noboa doesn’t care about anything but making money for himself,” said Flor Salazar, former employee of Café Atlantic, “Some of us are single mothers and are barely getting by.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Video | Tagged buddy cianci, Cafe Atlantic, economic justice, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, olneyville, Phoebe Gardener, Scott Slater, social justice, wage theft | 9 Responses
By Bob Plain on January 14, 2015
Poor people in Rhode Island pay almost twice as much a percentage of their incomes than do the wealthiest residents, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. This disparity, while unjust, isn’t abnormal. Rhode Island has the 23rd most unfair tax structure in America, according to the report. But […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 13, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has been making statements demonstrating his support for “dynamic analysis,” a fiscally irresponsible and economically discredited accounting trick supported nationally by congressional Republicans that amounts to little more than rebranded trickle-down economics.
Posted in Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged 2015 Small Business Summit, Bryant University, dynamic analysis, Nicholas Mattiello, Taxes | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Mattiello, beginning his first full term as speaker, seems eager to chart a new course: He’s being upfront about his intentions slash social service programs to “appropriate” levels.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brian Newberry, General Assembly, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
As they have for the past six years, about four dozen clergy representing a wide variety of faith traditions gathered at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Wednesday, put on their vestments and robes, and marched to the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Vigil. The purpose of the vigil is […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged Catholic Charities, Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, interfaith coalition, Jewish Council of Public Affairs, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, National Council of Churches, Nicholas Mattiello, W. Nicholas Knisely | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2015
As Jorge Elorza stepped up to the podium Monday to address a crowd for the first time as Mayor of Providence, almost a dozen signs were held in the air in an effort to remind him of commitments made during his campaign to enact “The People’s Agenda.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, Community Solutions to Violence, DARE, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, mt. hope neighborhood association, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, PrYSM, Public Money for Public Good, The People's Agenda, The People's Forum | Leave a response
By Samuel Bell on January 4, 2015
Kansas’s tax cuts for the rich were one of the biggest state policy stories of 2014. Sam Brownback, an ambitious conservative Republican, swept into the Governor’s office in 2010 and pushed for massive tax cuts for the rich. And he got them. By 2014, the top marginal income tax rate had fallen by 1.65 points, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 2, 2015
The senior employee has been with CVS for a few years and makes just under $9 an hour. The junior employee has been with the company for nearly a year and makes just over $8. Both are due, they say, for a year end review and a slight bump in pay, which usually amounts to a 10 cent increase. But this year they were told that there will be no review and no raise because, “the minimum wage increase took care of it.”
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2014
With affected dispassion the board revealed that they do not have the power to tell National Grid “no,” confirming the crowd’s suspicions that the board is little more than a rubber stamp for whatever rates National Grid seeks to impose.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Holidays, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, puc | 9 Responses
By Tom Sgouros on December 21, 2014
In a stunning turnaround, the RI Tea Party today made a full-throated endorsement of some of the most intrusive government regulations on the books. In a fundraising email, the group called on its supporters to “…rise up against this assault on everything you’ve worked your entire life to earn” — by defending existing zoning and land-use regulations throughout the […]
By Bob Plain on December 18, 2014
We already knew Rhode Island has the highest poverty rate in New England. It turns out, according to a new analysis from the Economic Progress Institute, Rhode Island also has among the least generous public assistance benefits for those in poverty. EPI looked at six public assistance functions and the Ocean State finished near the […]
By Bob Plain on December 18, 2014
A single parent with two young children in Rhode Island needs to earn about $28 an hour – or more than $59,000 a year – to afford basic family expenses. But 82 percent of such families in the Ocean State earn less than this, according to a new report from the Economic Progress Institute. READ […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 17, 2014
At yesterday’s PUC (Public Utilities Commission) hearing on a proposed 24% rate hike by National Grid, state regulators heard testimony from 25 individuals, the vast majority of whom were outraged by the proposal. More than one speaker called the increase “unconscionable.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Poverty, Video | Tagged DARE, George Wiley Cener, John Prince, national grid, public utility, puc, Sierra Club RI | 1 Response
By Peter Nightingale on December 11, 2014
Scott Nystrom, a senior economic associate Regional Economic Models (REMI), gave a talk at Brown University about Fee-and-Dividend Carbon Tax, a plan proposed by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). The talk presented the effect on the economy and power generation of a steadily rising fee imposed on the CO2 content of fossil fuels. The presentation […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2014
The idea is simple: give away donated coats to people who need them, while at the same time challenging the consumerism that marks Black Friday, an annual sales frenzy fomented by big box and mall retailers the day after Thanksgiving. The Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange, set up on the lawn of the State House, acts as a conscience and counterpoint to the sales driven capitalism inside the Providence Place Mall.
By Greg Gerritt on November 20, 2014
Dear Governor Chafee, This is a letter that will be made public. You should know that as you read it. I doubt that you have been really pleased with the performance of the Rhode Island economy during your term. I do not think anyone has been all that pleased. You probably do not remember the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2014
Mayor Elorza needs to be reminded that campaign promises are obligations to make a good faith effort towards delivering on his rhetoric. In large part, Elorza won his campaign because a majority of Providence citizens saw him as “better than Cianci.” That’s a low bar, and one would hope that Elorza aims a lot higher than than.
Posted in Campaign 2014, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged bill rappleye, fight for 15, jorge elorza, minimum wage, nbc 10 news conference | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 6, 2014
Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota passed measures to raise the minimum wage in their states. So what’s going on in Rhode island?
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Providence | Tagged fight for 15, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, maria cimini, minimum wage, muni min wage, Nicholas Mattiello, Ray Gallison, state house | Leave a response