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, 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 | Leave a response
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 | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 25, 2015
Solidarity, like a chain, is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
Posted in corporate greed, Economy, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged george nee, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, RI AFL-CIO, RI Laborers' District Council, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 21, 2015
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has announced a plan to invest in clean energy, as well as reduce energy costs, by distributing $14 million in proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions. RGGI, which was launched in 2009, allowed participating states to establish a cap on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil […]
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged clean energy, climate change, efficiency, Elisha Aldrich, Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, Gina Raimondo, janet coit, LED, Marion Gold, Office of Energy Resources, Peter Alviti, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, RGGI, solar, solar energy, solar panels, Solarize Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on July 15, 2015
On July 7, Stacy DiCola, director of public information at the Secretary of State’s office, sent a rather ominous-sounding letter to David Norton, one of the lead organizers of the grassroots opposition to the proposed state-financing of a baseball stadium for the PawSox, informing him that he should be certain to register himself as a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The parcel of land in Providence being eyed as the site of a new stadium by the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox became the scene of dueling imaginings… park or baseball park?
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged Charles Steinberg, Larry Lucchino, Mark Gray, Matt Spring, Paws, PawSox, pawtucket red sox | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Last year Providence City Councillor John Igliozzi proposed that future tax breaks for large corporations should include $15 minimum wage guarantees, but this year, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Igliozzi has failed to deliver on this proposal.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Prison Health Interest Group, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), District 1199 SEIU New England, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, Featured, fossil free ri, Fred Ordonez, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, greg gerritt, I-195 Commission, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Labor, Le Meridien, life-science park, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, National News, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA), Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Restaurant Opportunities Center RI (ROC United), Rhode Island, RI Building and Construction Trades Council, RI Carpenters Local 94, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, state house, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2015
Included in the I-195 land life-science park proposal is “a Le Meridien hotel with 175 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.” The Le Meridian is to be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, a company that regular reports cash flows of approximately $850 million to $950 million a quarter. Starwood runs 1,200 hotels and resorts, and paid dividends to their investors to the tune of $2.4 billion last year.
In essence, Providence is planning to give away millions of dollars to billionaires…
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged John Igliozzi, Le Meridien, Meds & Eds, minimum wage, Sabina Matos, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 24, 2015
In an ironic twist of fate, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation closed the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston the same day that the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate itself voted to uphold Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious Rhode Works legislation. The $1.1 billion bill would be used to repair bridges and roads throughout Rhode […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bill Vernon, Brandon Bell, bridges, Christopher Ottiano, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, highway, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, infrastructure, Louis DiPalma, NFIB, Peter Alviti, Rhode Works, ridot, roads, safety | 8 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on June 23, 2015
Dear Senator Whitehouse, In response to your latest email A Moral Urgency To Act On Climate, I would like to let you know that I have a hard time reconciling your writing with your support of natural gas as a bridge fuel. The problem with your email is not with what you write, but with […]
By Elisha Aldrich on June 19, 2015
A Senate version of Governor Raimondo’s truck toll proposal, also known as Rhode Works, contains tax breaks for truckers. The new version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Dominick Ruggerio (D- District 4), and heard by the Finance Committee Thursday, includes $13.5 million in tax credits and rebates for truckers. They would receive tax credits […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged bridges, Christopher Maxwell, Ed Alfredi, Elisha Aldrich, Frank Nardone, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, infrastructure, Jonathan Wormer, Peter Alviti, ridot, roads, senate finance committee, Taxes, tolls, truckers | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 18, 2015
Much like its House counterpart, the Senate Finance Committee passed the FY16 budget bill unanimously with almost no discussion other than to speak on its merits. “I would certainly characterize this budget as one that is not only ambitious, but one that makes a significant investment in areas that should have been invested in in […]
Posted in Economy, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House | Tagged budget, Common Cause RI, Daniel DaPonte, Elisha Aldrich, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, john marion, Juan Pichardo, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Gallison, RI Senate, senate finance committee | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 17, 2015
In what everyone thought would be a firestorm of debate, the RI House of Representatives unanimously passed the $8.7 billion FY 2016 budget with little to no discussion about many of the articles, including the much contested Medicaid cuts and pension settlement, as well as Governor Raimondo’s so called “job tools.” According to a House […]
Posted in Economy, News, Politics, Republicans, State House | Tagged 38 Studios, bridges, budget, Dennis Cannario, Elisha Aldrich, healthsource ri, house finance committee, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Newport Grand, patricia morgan, Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island House of Representatives, RIPTA | Leave a response
By Troy West on June 15, 2015
The May 27th commentary that dominated the Providence Journal editorial page with yet another large, beautifully rendered artist’s conception of the proposed AAA ballpark features the headline DOWNTOWN PARK WILL BE R.I. GEM needs careful scrutiny. If only we could substitute ‘park’ wherever ‘ballpark’ is featured in the commentary’s 12 paragraphs, we could join Miami, […]
By Elisha Aldrich on June 12, 2015
Just because House Finance passed the FY 2016 budget onto the House floor for next Tuesday, doesn’t mean the entire House of Representatives has to like it. In fact, much of the bill is contested – such as the tourism cuts that Representative Teresa Tanzi, Narragansett/South Kingstown, has voiced her opposition to. “When I moved […]
Posted in cities and towns, Economy, Featured, State Budget, State House | Tagged beach, budget, Elisha Aldrich, house finance, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, narragansett, Newport, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence, Raymond Gallison, south county, state house, Teresa Tanzi, Tourism | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed were met by unusual lobbyists in the hallways of the State House before going into session on Tuesday. Five children, Shyenne, 14, Seneca, 11, Shawnee, 9 Saponi, 8 and Dominique, 10, all victims of or witnesses to domestic violence, asked the General Assembly leaders to pass legislation that would create the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, helping to “put an end to domestic violence before it starts.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 10, 2015
After much deliberation, the House Finance Committee gave a unanimous 19-0 vote on the FY 2016 budget late on Tuesday night, which included $37.7 million more than the proposed budget given by Governor Gina Raimondo back in March. The legislative budget proposal is for $8.67 billion dollars, with $3.55 billion from general revenue contributing to […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy | Tagged budget, Elisha Aldrich, FY 2016, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, healthsource ri, house finance, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Medicaid, Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Taxes | 5 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 9, 2015
Everyone’s eyes are on the State House as the budget for the next fiscal year is slated to be unveiled today. Governor Gina Raimondo released her proposed budget in March, and the legislative version will be introduced by the House Finance Committee today. Based on what Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello (D-District 15), Senate […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Politics | Tagged budget, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gin, house finance committee, House of Representative, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Senate President Paiva Weed | Leave a response