By Economic Policy Institute on February 8, 2016
Raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would reduce public assistance spending by $17 billion…
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Cooper, Economic Policy institute, EPI, minimum wage | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2016
We are, as a state, pursuing failed economic and job creation strategies, and we will continue to fail unless our elected leaders take this new data seriously.
Posted in Business & Tech, Campaign 2016, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Education, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Davos, Dennis Algiers, Dominick Ruggerio, GE, General Electric, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, John Haltiwanger, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael Leachman, Michael Mazerov, Nicholas A. Mattiello, NuLabel, State Job Creation Strategies Often Off Base, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs, World Economic Summit | 2 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on February 4, 2016
The late Tony Judt was a historian of undeniable talent, even if I personally find his political positions slightly problematic. His book Postwar, a history of Europe after the Second World War, is considered one of the finest volumes of the past decade. As he was dying of ALS, colloquially known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, […]
Posted in Economy, History | Tagged Tony Judt, What is Living and What is Dead in Social Democracy? | Leave a 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 Andrew Stewart on January 31, 2016
First of twelve articles that will endeavor to describe what a socialist world might look like.
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 Andrew Stewart on January 25, 2016
For some weeks now, there has been a great deal of conversation around the idea that Providence is on the verge of bankruptcy. A new rule regarding budget statements is key t0 understanding why.
Posted in Business & Tech, cities and towns, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Featured, Pensions, Providence | Tagged Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, ERSRI, FBI's White Collar and Complex Financial Crimes unit, Gina Raimondo, LeeAnn Ghazil Gaunt, pensions, Providence, Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association, RIRTA, SEC's Municipal Securities and Public Pensions unit, U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Rhode Island's Criminal Division | 4 Responses
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 Peter Nightingale on January 22, 2016
We are building a 30 megawatt wind farm off Block Island and we are talking about frack-gas facility with 30 times that capacity in Burrillville… Accounting gimmicks devoid of physics may fool the people, the editor of the the ProJo and our hapless leaders, but none of that will change the laws of nature.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACEEE, clean power plan, Clear River Energy Center, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, janet coit, john arnold, Marion Gold, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources | 1 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 Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2016
Our leaders are looking to cut or eliminate the estate tax to stimulate the economy. The problem, says economist Peter Fisher, is that, “the estate tax – which is paid only by the ultra-wealthy – doesn’t affect economic growth.”
Posted in alec, Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, Arthur Laffer, Bob Plain, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, EPI, Estate Tax, Gina Raimondo, Grafton H. “Cap” Wiley IV, Nicholas Mattiello, Peter Fisher, Poor States, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, Rich States, SBEC, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, Small Business Policy Index | 7 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 6, 2016
14.3 percent of Rhode Islanders live in poverty. That rate climbs to 19.8 percent when we talk about children specifically.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Economy, Education, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Women, Youth | Tagged Calvary Worship Center, earned income tax credit, EITC, Gina Raimondo, Herson Gonzalez, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, Nicholas Mattiello, Opening Doors RI, payday loans, Rachel Simon, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH, RIPTA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 30, 2015
Invisible tells the individual stories of male hustlers in Providence, RI and the efforts of former sex worker Richard Holcomb to get services for this neglected population of men.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Economy, Featured, Health Care, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sex workers, Video | Tagged Dio Traverso, Invisible, Project Weber, Richard Holcomb, sex work | 1 Response
By Harry Rix on December 28, 2015
A living wage is a win/win/win: Employees receive a just wage; employers overcome high turnover and reduced productivity; and taxpayers avoid paying ‘corporate welfare’ for low-wage workers.
The primary problem is greed.
The wealthy counter with the myth: “The rich are makers, the poor are takers.” The reverse is true.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Religion, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged greed, just wage, living wage, the makers, the takers, wage slavery | 7 Responses
By Bob Plain on December 17, 2015
As bad as the unemployment crisis in Rhode Island was for white workers, it was nearly twice as severe for workers of color. A new report from the Economic Progress Institute shows that black and Latino workers were unemployed at almost twice the rate of white workers from 2007 to 2014. “The takeaway here is […]
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 Steve Ahlquist on November 27, 2015
This is my third year writing about the Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange. (here and here) This is also the 19th year of the effort, in which donated coats are given to the people who need them while at the same time challenging the consumerism that plagues us every year on on the day […]
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Books Are Wings, Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange, Don Rhodes, greg gerritt, Recycle Together RI, URI SNAP Outreach Project | Leave a response