By Elisha Aldrich on August 28, 2015
Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, said there were some big wins for sustainable and equitable development in the last legislative session. RhodeMapRI was not one of them, he acknowledged. “A lot of the economic development proposals that we thought were good for smart growth passed,” Wolf said. “Those are embodied […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged development, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Gina Raimondo, Grow Smart RI, GrowSmart, Rhode Works, RhodeMap, Scott Wolf, smart growth, urban, urban redevelopment | Leave a response
By RI Future on August 26, 2015
Associate Judge William C. Clifton of Rhode Island’s District Court handed down his verdict in the case Curt Nordgaard, and Peter Nightingale, who were arrested after locking themselves to the front gate at the site of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island in a direct action organized by Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).
Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed; charges of willful trespass resulted in a one-year “filing,” which means that these cases will be dismissed if the defendants come into no further conflict with the law.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Curtis Nordgaard, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Peter Nightingale, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, William C. Clifton | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 26, 2015
With over 200 people in attendance, Providence’s Point Street Dueling Pianos ended up being a hot ticket on Tuesday evening. The event, a forum about the proposed construction of a baseball stadium for the PawSox hosted by Harvard Business School Association of Southeastern New England and Leadership Rhode Island. In favor of the stadium were Syd […]
By Mark Binder on August 25, 2015
Perhaps there is something in the water on Smith Hill that infects speakers of the Rhode Island House with hubris. Perhaps it’s a side effect of suddenly being called, “The most powerful politician in Rhode Island.” Keeping in mind that the speaker is not elected to his office by the citizens, but anointed by his […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Sports | Tagged 38 Studios, baseball, Dumb, financial incentives, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, I-195 Commission, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, Red Sox, tax breaks | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2015
As Rhode Island considers moving forward with several large scale natural gas projects, including an expanded pipeline in Burrillville, a new energy plant in Burrillville, and a liquefaction facility in South Providence, it seemed appropriate to ask representatives from business, labor, government and environmental groups for their comments on this report.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Colorado State University, David Graves, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free ri, fracked gas, fracking, Gina Raimondo, methane, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, natural gas, Peter Nightingale, RI Building & Construction Trades Council, Robert Howarth | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 19, 2015
Rhode Island’s recent move to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $9.60 is not nearly sufficient says the Economic Progress Institute, since a “single adult without children needs to earn $24,640 a year or $11.85/hour to meet his or her basic needs.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Cost of Living Calculator, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, federal poverty level, Guide to Assistance, Kate Brewster, minimum wage, Poverty | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on August 18, 2015
I have previously written about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s public/private partnerships’ in building PetCo Park for the San Diego Padres and Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles. These are the two major projects that Lucchino’s spokesman Dr. Charles Steinberg boasts about on the so-called ‘Listening Tour’ the team has been holding across the state. I […]
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Politics, Providence, Sports | Tagged baseball, lucchino, PawSox, Providence, publicly financed stadium, stadium | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 14, 2015
Previously I posted a story about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s luck in San Diego with PetCo Park, host venue of the Padres. But make no mistake, San Diego was no aberration. A simple Google search shows that Camden Yards, also touted by PawSox Listening Tour doyen Dr. Larry Steinberg as a stellar success, has been […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 13, 2015
Nelson Silva, the owner of Graphic Ink, a screen-printing and embroidery shop in East Providence, likes to joke that he normally works half days- 6 am to 6 pm. That’s what he told Governor Gina Raimondo Wednesday afternoon when she toured Graphic Ink in an effort to spread information about her different economic initiatives, and […]
Posted in Business & Tech, Economy, Rhode Island | Tagged Business, commerce, commerce corporation, east providence, Economy, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina Raimondo, Graphic Ink, Jobs, Nelson Silva, small business | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2015
The economic benefits from doing away with the burning of fossil fuels (including fracked gas) are tremendous in terms of what Boyce refers to as “Air Quality Co-Benefits.”
“Add up those benefits” says Boyce, and you’ll find that the “public health benefits are larger” than the costs of reducing and eliminating fossil fuel plants, often twice as large, according to studies.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Energy, Environment, Video | Tagged Air Quality Co-Benefits, BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Center for Popular Economics, Clear River Energy Center, fracking, James K Boyce, Kathy Martley, sacrifice zone, Sheldon Whitehouse, Union of Concerned Scientists | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 11, 2015
Last week, Governor Gina Raimondo and SEIU District 1199 New England reached an agreement concerning family childcare providers that are part of the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. This agreement was made in part due to legislation from 2013, which established collective bargaining rights for family childcare providers. The SEIU unanimously approved the two-year agreement. […]
Posted in Economy, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, CCAP, Child Care, Child Care Assistant Program, Children, early education, Education, Gina Raimondo, Patrick Quinn, seiu, SEIU District 1199NE | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 6, 2015
The point of divestment isn’t to somehow starve the fossil fuel companies of the funds they need to survive, but to make a moral point about the immorality of participating in and profiting from a practice that is literally killing the world. Divestment stigmatizes the fossil fuel industry, said Healy, and changes the public discourse on collective energy.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Featured, Video | Tagged burrillville, Center for Popular Economics, divestment, fracking, Gina Raimondo, Jessica Debski, lear River Energy, Noel Healy | 3 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on August 6, 2015
There has been great talk of late centered around the protests against the stadium. I want to offer a few ideas here about the strategy being offered in Providence by those who are adamant that the parcel of land remain designated as an open space green park. First, it is important to begin with where […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 5, 2015
The plant, called the Clear River Energy Center, would utilize fracking to generate energy with natural gas. Fracking is a process that involves drilling into the earth, and then shooting a high-pressure water mixture at the rock to release the natural gas inside… the process uses huge amounts of water that must be transported to the site. Second, many worry that dangerous chemicals used in the process may contaminate groundwater around the site. There are also concerns that fracking causes small earthquakes.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Burriville, clean energy, Clear River Energy Center, Environment, fang, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Renewable Energy, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Robert Malin, sierra club, Stephen Dahl | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 5, 2015
A Solidarity Economy is based on values and principles such as solidarity, cooperation, mutualism, sustainability, democracy, equity and pluralism.
A Solidarity Economy focuses on living well and living in harmony with each other and the natural world. It is, says Dr. Emily Kawano, “a different way of thinking about the economy.”
By Steve Ahlquist on August 4, 2015
“Building this plant is like investing in land line phone companies in 2005. When Gina Raimondo announces this plant at the Providence Chamber of Commerce, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence RI, on Tuesday at 10am, she will be announcing a failure of leadership, a failure of vision, and a wasted opportunity.”
Posted in Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured | Tagged 'Next-Generation’ Clean Energy Facility, Barrack Obama, climate change, Climate Change Action Plan, fracking, Gina Raimondo | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2015
“Fracking is disastrous,” says Robert Pollin, professor of economics at UMass Amherst, “burning natural gas means we will never hit the goal” necessary to avert global climate catastrophe. On the other hand, “Building a Green Economy is good for jobs.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged burrillville, Center for Popular Economics' 2015 Summer Institute, green jobs, natural gas, Robert Pollin, Scott DePasquale | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 31, 2015
The rally was also just two miles from the Massachusetts border, where home care workers recently won a minimum wage of $15 to be phased in over the next few years. Rhode Island does not pay nearly as much.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, david bennett, Genesis Health Care, Mary Duffy Messier, Medicaid, Medicare, NEARI, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI AFL-CIO, Scott Slater, SEIU 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, UFCW, UNAP, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
Only a few days after the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rhode Island instituted a new law that will allow families of children with disabilities to create a tax-free investment account to help financially support them when they reach adulthood. Governor Gina Raimondo signed the “Achieving a Better Life Experience,” or ABLE […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ABLE Act, adam satchell, Americans with Disabilities Act, Cornerstone School, disability, disabled, Gina Raimondo, investment, Robert Nardolillo, savings, seth magaziner, west warwick | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, Dan Rea, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jeff White, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Campaign Against the Stadium, Providence City Counci, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, Suzanne Mark, Sydney McKenna, teresa paiva weed, Tim Empke | 6 Responses