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 | 1 Response
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 Bob Plain on April 20, 2016
Treasurer Seth Magaziner has a plan to make corporate board rooms more diverse. Rhode Island’s pension fund will vote against appointing white men to corporate boards of directors that are already comprised of mostly white men. “Research has shown that diversity leads to better performance. It’s true in government, it’s true in education and its […]
By Bob Plain on April 19, 2016
Peace activists took to the sidewalks in front of Textron’s world headquarters in downtown Providence yesterday to protest the conglomerate for making and selling cluster bombs. “These weapons should never be used,” said Megan Burke, the director of the Cluster Munitions Coalition who traveled to Rhode Island for the event. “They are a relic of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2016
In contrast to Hillary Clinton, says Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders isn’t coherent on the issue of Wall St. “How can you say something is too big if you don’t know what size it should be?” asks Frank.
“Hillary,” says Frank, “understands how it all works.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, LGBT, News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders, hillary clinton, seth magaziner, wall st | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 13, 2016
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin sent letters to 10 retail chain companies that do business in Rhode Island to warn them against and request information about what is known as on call scheduling. On-call scheduling, or on-call shifts, is the employer practice of informing employees the day of a work shift if they are needed or […]
By Bob Plain on April 13, 2016
Almost 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike today, more than 1,000 of them work in Rhode Island. Four of them set up a picket line outside of the Verizon store on Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown. These Verizon employees told me one of their demands is for more high-speed FIOS to be installed in […]
By Bob Plain on April 12, 2016
A Providence Journal editorial lamented the loss of billionaires and millionaires who would abandon the Ocean State for lower taxes in the South. But Aggie Clark, a certified nurses assistant who doesn’t make enough money to pay her bills, better represents what ails Rhode Island’s economy. Rhode Island doesn’t have too few rich people, we […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 7, 2016
The Governor and her team are closely monitoring the plans and listening to community feedback and concerns. We will be learning more about the health and environmental impacts of the plans as the Energy Facility Siting Board continues its review of the proposal, and reviewing those impacts carefully.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged burrillville, cale keable, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Paul Fogarty, Sheldon Whitehouse | 2 Responses
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 Bob Plain on April 1, 2016
No Rhode Islander has more reason to be outraged at the state’s “cooler, warmer” tourism campaign than Myrna George and Bob Billington. As the executive directors of the South County and Blackstone Valley tourism councils respectively, the now infamously-failed marketing campaign was effectively paid for out of their budgets. For the South County Tourism Council’s […]
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
Millennial-based orgs praise RI Senate leaders for supporting proposal to regulate and tax marijuana
By Regulate RI on March 23, 2016
In a letter to Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and his colleagues on Tuesday, the Young Democrats of Rhode Island and Students for Sensible Drug Policy thanked the senators for backing legislation that would ‘dramatically enhance Rhode Island’s ability to protect teens, retain graduates, attract young professionals, and create opportunities for a new generation of entrepreneurs’
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economy, Featured, marijuana reform, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged and Taxation Ac, Control, Dominick Ruggerio, Marijuana, Michael Beauregard, Patrick Shea, regulation, Shmuel Barkan, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
When Rhode Island takes the money, they should know that the money comes, in part, at the expense of the Greek people, who suffer because a vampire-like Wall St. bank has consigned the country to half a century of brutal, soul-destroying austerity.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged badelli-hunt, Donald Grebien, Garry Levine, Gary Cohn, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, greece, jack reed, james diossa, jorge elorza | 7 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 21, 2016
One of the Wall Street’s infamous “too big to fail” investment banks, whose reckless investments and profiteering would have destroyed the American economy but for a public sector bailout, is coming to Rhode Island tomorrow to offer business advice. Goldman Sachs will be welcomed by Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed and Providence Mayor Jorge […]
By Andrew Stewart on March 20, 2016
However, a new reading of Foucault has emerged that is not at all radical. Centered around French sociologist Daniel Zamora, it re-examines the writings of Foucault, particularly his key text The Birth of Biopolitics, and sees his comments regarding the early days of American neoliberalism as what they plainly are, laudatory
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 Tony Hempfer on March 15, 2016
The legislation that we are advocating for, Fair Workweek for Rhode Island, incentivizes employers to give workers their schedules in advance and compensates employees for last-minute scheduling changes.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged bank of america, Center for Popular Democracy, fair scheduling, Fair Workweek Coalition | 2 Responses