By Spencer Grassie on October 26, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The city has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in cities and towns, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on October 18, 2016
There are two University of Rhode Island projects that would benefit if voters pass Question 4 on the statewide ballot this November. One is a $25.5 million upgrade to Bliss Hall, a prominent classroom building on the Quadrangle at the center of campus that was built in 1929, and “hasn’t really been renovated since then,” […]
By Greg Gerritt on September 26, 2016
Some of the landlords who own downtown Providence, and some of their allies, have decided that Kennedy Plaza and its surrounding area would become much more valuable real estate if they could cause the bus depot and all of the low income people who are drawn to the bus depot and/or the city center in general, to disappear.
By Economic Progress Institute on September 13, 2016
More Rhode Islanders have health insurance coverage thanks to health care reform The number of uninsured dropped to 59,000 in 2015 from 120,000 in 2013.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, Health Care, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Economic Progress Institute, healthsourceRI, Linda Katz, Medicaid | 2 Responses
By Barry Schiller on September 6, 2016
Last week the big shots celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Citizens Bank headquarters on green space just west of I-295 in Johnston. Not me. I think the state is a triple loser, losing open space, tax revenue, and spending tax money. The 3,200 jobs that are supposed to be established there are not new but […]
By Gina Raimondo on September 4, 2016
Each year on Labor Day we honor the hardworking women and men that drive our state’s economy forward. This has been an encouraging time of growth and momentum for workers, with Rhode Island gaining 5,000 jobs this year and a new national report showing we rank higher than every other New England state for advanced industry […]
By Bob Plain on August 30, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo spent Tuesday traveling around southern Rhode Island celebrating economic victories. But as her visits to Newport and Westerly indicate, not everything that benefits the Ocean State economy is necessary good for the rest of the world.
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on August 17, 2016
Four of the seven activists arrested for blocking the driveway at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters during Beyond Extreme Energy’s #RubberStampRebellion in May are taking their cases to trial. At the Superior Court of the District of Columbia yesterday, #Sidewalk7 members Claude Guillemard of Baltimore, MD, Ellen Taylor of Washington, D.C., and Donald Weightman of […]
By Bob Plain on August 5, 2016
Providence entrepreneurs Albie Brown and Will Newman have a new app they say could disrupt downtown parking the way Airbnb disrupted travel accommodations. And they aren’t at all shy about making that comparison. “Spotter is Airbnb for driveways,” said Brown. Spotter links people looking for a parking spot with people with a vacant driveway. Press a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2016
Low union membership and strong anti-union right to work laws contribute to a higher economic ranking for a state in CNBC’s report, yet economist Douglas Hall says that “research clearly shows that as unionization rates have gone down, the well-being of the American middle class has gone down.”
Posted in alec, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged ALEC, America's Top States for Business 2016, cnbc, Douglas Hall, Economic Policy institute, EPI, ri center for freedom and prosperity, state policy network, Ted Nesi | 3 Responses
By Greg Gerritt on July 10, 2016
The perennial question in Rhode Island, and many similar places around the world, is how do we bring prosperity to our communities. Actually I wish it was phrased that way. What we actually get is a promise the percentage of year-on-year GDP growth will go up if we do as they say. The reality in […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 5, 2016
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By Jeremy Rix on June 20, 2016
Wage theft in Rhode Island may be a much bigger problem than robbery. And, as Steve Ahlquist previously reported, even high profile violators may be getting away with a slap on the wrist with workers left with little recourse.
Posted in Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Joseph Shekarchi, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2016
Since the bottom 99 percent makes $47,545 on average, the top one percent makes 18.6 times more than the bottom 99 in this state.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Inequality, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged EARN, Economic Analysis and Research Network, Economic Policy institute, EPI, Estelle Sommeiller, Institute for Research in Economic and Social Sciences | 1 Response
By Greg Gerritt on June 6, 2016
The June 5, 2016 op ed by Laurie White and Michael Sabitoni “Poison pill aimed at power plant” is a commentary by two people who have lost sight of where the Rhode Island economy is going. The Chamber of Commerce and the construction unions have chased after every boondoggle they have ever seen, offering us […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2016
When issues are decided by referendum, said lobbyist Lenette Boiselle, “those who spend the most money usually win.”
Representative Aaron Regunberg then asked, “Money plays a big role in every election. Do you think we shouldn’t have any elections?”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abigail Johnson, Fidelity Investments, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, John Niland, Laurie White, Lenette Boiselle, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Brown | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on May 30, 2016
If you have been up to Thayer Street within the past few months you probably have noticed a series of new parking meters being installed on the roadway. These new meters are part of an effort to raise monies for the city that have been wildly unpopular. There are several issues that are coming up […]
By Samuel Bell on May 23, 2016
When we talk about the Rhode Island economy, we tend to focus mostly on what’s going on in the public sector and the corporate sector. It’s easy to forget about ordinary households. But individual consumers form the heart of our economy. We are the ones who power growth, and when numbers move in the behemoth […]
By Bob Plain on May 23, 2016
Shirley Lomba is a caregiver at Bannister House, a nursing home in Providence. She’s paid $10.90 an hour and takes home about $220 a week. Her mortgage alone, $900 a month, costs more than that. “Who am I paying this week?” Lomba said, explaining her economic plight in a new video produced by SEIU 1199, […]
By Bob Plain on May 20, 2016
But four years after making that switch, the $40,000+ income swing continues to pose a challenge for me. For the most part, I’m stable. But as is the case with everyone subsisting on poverty wages, it’s a very fine line and one false move or unexpected event can upend everything.