By Steve Rackett on August 3, 2017
Mike Smith’s campaign expenses for the most recent declarable period were $6,857.77 of which at least $3,896 (57 percent) was spent beyond the borders of Rhode Island.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 26, 2017
If built, Hope Point Tower would be the tallest building in the state and it would be 1/3rd of a mile away from the next tallest building, leaving a wide gap in the Providence skyline.
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Housing, Infrastructure, Ithica NY, Labor, New York, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Barrett Bready, Bonnie Nickerson, Daria Fane, Elizabeth Huidekoper, Hope Point Tower, I-195 Commission, Ithaca NY, Jason Fane, Joseph Azrack, Melissa Husband, Providence City Council, Real Estate Solutions, RES, Rhode Island General Assembly, Robert Davis, Sandra Smith, Stefan Pryor | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“We need fair trade that works for citizens and the environment! We are fighting to make NAFTA the trade deal it should be: one where workers are treated fairly, the environment is treated with respect, and corporations play by our rules, not their own.”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, National News, Photos, Providence, Video, Virginia | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Citizen Trade Watch, Communications Workers of America, donald trump, Karen Malcolm, Larry Cohen, lauren niedel, Liz King, NAFTA, National Governor Association, North American Free Trade Agreement, Our Revolution, Preserve Our Healthcare Coalition, Rand Wilson, republican, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rose Espinola, Terry McAuliffe, United States Congress, Virginia | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Why is the General Assembly seemingly so intent on destroying a program that works so well at reducing energy costs and greenhouse gasses?
Posted in Business, Climate, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged 2006 Comprehensive Energy Conservation Efficiency and Reliability Act, Abigail Anthony, Acadia Center, Arthur Corvese, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Douglas Gablinske, energy efficiency, General Assembly, Jerry Elmer, Kat Burnham, Michael Ryan, national grid, Nicholas Mattiello, OER, Office of Energy Resources, People’s Power & Light, People’s Power and Light, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Robert Jacquard, Senate Commerce, TEC-RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 19, 2017
“On plastics, there is simply too much being produced… We don’t need better cleanup, we need less plastic.”
Posted in Activism, Business, Climate, Featured, Newport, Photos, Science, Video | Tagged #breakfreefromplastic, ACC, American Chemistry Council, Australia, Bogotá, Break Free From Plastic, Canada, Columbia, Dow, Dupont, Europe, ExxonMobil, gasification, Germany, Jamie Rhodes, Melissa Gates, pyrolysis, Robaix, Save our Seas (SOS) Act, Sheldon Whitehouse, Shell, Stiv Wilson, Story of Stuff Project, Surfrider Foundation, the United States, United Kingdom, UPSTREAM, Viking Hotel | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 12, 2017
Goldman Sachs helped cripple the American economy in 2011, when the housing and financial markets crashed, and then the Wall Street bank helped cripple Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016, when news leaked of a high-paid speech she gave company executives. Never mind that no fewer than three former Goldman execs currently have high […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 8, 2017
Banquet cook Diana Pena is a single mom with a one-year old son. Pena says she’s fighting for her benefits. As for healthcare, says Pena, “We deserve it… [but] I cannot even pay it. How am I going to pay my rent… I’m a single mom and it’s so, so, so hard…”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Lincoln, News, Photos, Video | Tagged Alexis Maciel, Diana Pena, Jenna Karlin, Julie Procaccini, Patti Doyle, Teamsters Local 251, Twin River Casino, Unite Here Local 26, Valerie Costa | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 17, 2017
“When working people or their family members get sick, they are forced to decide whether they can afford to lose a day’s pay to get the care they need. As the owner of a business where food is served, I don’t want my employees to have to be in that position. I also don’t want them to come in sick when they are handling food, and I know my customers don’t want that, either.”
Posted in Business, Connecticut, Domestic Violence, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Vermont, Women | Tagged AARP, Bryan Rinebolt, Chrissy Tek, District 1199 SEIU New England, Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Hudson Street Deli, Institute for Women’s Policy and Research, Interview Connections, Jason Chooporian, Jessica Rhodes, jobs with justice, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Earned Sick Days Campaign, Rhode Island Working Families, RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, RI SEIU State Council, SEIU 32BJ-District 615, Susan Council, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 26, United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Women's Fund of RI. | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 16, 2017
The project will cost $83 million. It will be financed as a public/private partnership. The PawSox will invest $45 million, the State $23 million, and the City of Pawtucket will invest $15 million.
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Featured, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Ballpark at Slater Mill, Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park, Fenway Park, Pawtucket PawSox, Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club, Prospect Development Group, public/private partnership, Slater Mill | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2017
“Cooperatives are part of the solution to the problem of working in a capitalist economy,” said Liz McDonnell, worker/owner of Fortnight Wine Bar in Providence, “in a traditional business workers sell their labor and the product of that labor belongs to the owner, not to the worker.”
Posted in Business, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 3rd Sector New England, Access Consulting, Center for Justice, Cooperative Development Institute, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, Environmental Justice League, EPI, Farm Fresh RI, Fortnight Wine Bar, fuerza laboral, Healthy Planet, Heiny Maldonado, james diossa, John Willumsen, Joshua Daly, Liz McDonnell, Matt Feinstein, Miguel Henao, Navigant Credit Union, Nellie Gorbea, Randy Sacilotto, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, sierra club, Thomas Choate, Worcester Roots | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 6, 2017
“When Trump calls journalists ‘the enemies of the people’ he is evoking Joseph Stalin,” said Bryan Cahall, “When Bannon writes and Trump reads ‘America first’ he is invoking a pro-Nazi organization from over 80 years ago…”
Posted in Business, Climate, Energy, Featured, Florida, Immigration, International News, Media, National News, North Carolina, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, State House, Video, Voting Rights, Wisconsin | Tagged aaron regunberg, Blake Fillipi, Bryan Cahall, cale keable, Camille Vella Wilkinson, China, David Coughlin, Department of Energy, donald trump, Emoluments Clause, Gregory Waksmulski, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jonathan Jacobs, Justin price, Nuremberg principles, Randall Rose, Russia, Tim DeChristopher, Voter ID | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2017
“What could be in the cross-hairs next?” asked Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, “Doing business with companies that sell soda, or garden hoses, or a polka dot ties, or provide paper towels, you get the point.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Business, Civil Rights, Climate, Corporate Greed, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Labor, Louisiana, National News, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Texas, Water, Westerly | Tagged Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Building and Construction Trades Council, citizens bank, Community Safety Act, CWA, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, John Igliozzi, jorge elorza, Justice Gaines, Kate Shapiro, Laurie White, Luis Aponte, Mariner East Pipeline, Michael Sabatoni, narragansett indian Tribe, Providence City Council, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence Water, Randy Noka, RI Bankers Association, RI Jobs with Justice, Sabina Matos, Scott Duhamel, SEIU National, Selene Means, seth yurdin, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Terrence Hassett, Trans-Pecos Pipeline, William Farrell | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 12, 2017
“For some,” said RI-BBA President Lisa Ranglin, “natural hair braiding is a life changer, entrepreneurial, an entry into self-employment – a way out of poverty and welfare dependency. Hundreds of women use the income from natural hair braiding to house their families and feed and clothe their kids.”
Posted in Business, Civil Rights, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, State House, Women | Tagged Anastasia Williams, lisa ranglin, natural hair braiding, Rhode Island Black Business Association, RI-BBA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2017
“No no no no…” said the man from Citizens, “If I were kicking you out I would have come in with the officers. I’m not doing that.
“I’m asking you to kindly wait in the lobby.”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged citizens bank, DAPL, NoDAPL, One Citizens Plaza | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on February 16, 2017
Rhode Island is taking money away from Mr. Potter and giving it to George Bailey, to put General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s latest initiative into “It’s a Wonderful Life” terms. More specifically, the state is taking money out of big, nationwide banks and investing it with local, Rhode Island lenders. “We want to support institutions that […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
It’s important to realize that the estate tax is literally a tax on dead millionaires… and money is presumably meaningless to them unless they are trying to get into Christian Heaven, where Jesus will tell them they can’t. (Matthew 19:24)
Posted in Activism, Business, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, News, Poverty, State House, Taxes | Tagged Bill Felkner, Bill Vernon, Deborah Ruggiero, donald trump, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Estate Tax, General Assembly, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, jan malik, Jason Knight, Jesus Christ, John Hazen White Jr, Kate Brewster, Katie Davis, Laurie White, National Federation of Small Businesses, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, Providence Chamber of Commerce, R Kelly Sheridan, Ray Gallison, Robert Craven, Taco Inc | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2017
“The Town of Johnston municipal water system obtains its water supply from Providence Water and is considered a consecutive water system… ‘a public water system that receives some or all of its finished water from one or more wholesale systems.'”
Posted in Burrillville, Business, Climate, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Woonsocket | Tagged Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Alan Shoer, burrillville, CREC, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, Johnston, Providence Water Supply Board, PWSB, Richard Beretta, Scituate Reservoir Complex, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
“If you’re going to have a successful entrepreneurial climate,” said RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, “you have to have a climate where it’s okay to take risks and it’s okay to fail…”
Posted in Business, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, seth magaziner, social safety net | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
“We ask that you not mandate predictive scheduling or sick time pay,” said Gary Ezovski to state government leaders at the 2017 Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit…
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged Commission to Study the Upgrade of Facilities by Encouraging Private Investment in Qualifying Projects, Gary Ezovski, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, P3, predictive scheduling, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, sick time pay, Small Business Association | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
Powerful business interests spend the day hammering out their legislative priority wishlist and present them directly to elected officials. One-stop shopping.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bryant University, Bryant University Academic Innovation Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, Daniel DaPonte, Daniel MicKee, Deborah Ruggiero, Dominick Ruggerio, Evan Shanley, Gary Ezovski, Gina Raimondo, Grafton Willey, Jean-Phillippe Barros, John Gregory, john simmons, Joseph McNamara, Len Lardaro, Leonidas Raptakis, Mark Deion, Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Miriam Ross, Neil Steinberg, Nellie Gorbea, Nicholas Mattiello, Oscar Mejias, Ralph Coppola, Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, RIPEC, Robert Lancia, Sandra Cano, senate finance committee, seth magaziner, social safety net, Susan Rittscher, university of rhode island, US Small Business Administration | 4 Responses