By Peter Nightingale on September 18, 2017
The Rhode Island Senate calendar for Tuesday features legislation that makes it easier to create and run worker-owned cooperatives. The bill is “a statutory vehicle for the creation and functioning of workers’ cooperatives which are corporations that are owned and democratically governed by their members.” In June, the House passed an amended version of the […]
By Douglas Hall PhD on August 24, 2017
Like most states, Rhode Island’s state funding for higher education remains well below pre-recession levels (though Rhode Island’s disinvestment in higher education preceded the onset of the Great Recession by several years, as seen in Figure 1). Economic opportunity and a thriving state economy depend on a high-quality, affordable system of public higher education. At […]
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 21, 2017
The delay in passing a budget has “real and mounting human costs”…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, Justice, Minimum Wage, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Dominick Ruggerio, Economic Progress Institute, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Mental Health Association of RI, Ministers Alliance of Rhode Island, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progreso Latino, Rachel Flum, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chapter, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Public Radio, Rhode Island State House, RI Community Action Association, RI Council of Churches, RI Jobs with Justice, RI NOW, RI Racial Justice Coalition, RI Regional Adult Learning, RI Working Families, RIRAL, sierra club, Step Up Center International, UNAP, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 20, 2017
In Rhode Island, the top 1 percent of the state’s residents would receive an average tax cut of $86,610 compared with an average tax cut of just $430 for the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers in the state.
Posted in Class Warfare, Congress, Economics, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Medicaid, Medicare, Rachel Flum | Leave a response
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 Douglas Hall PhD on June 24, 2017
Rhode Island’s business lobbyists have been pulling out all the stops in opposition to the overwhelmingly popular earned paid sick days bills in the House (H5413) and Senate (S290). In the version passed out of the Senate Labor Committee this week, the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act allows Rhode Island employees to accumulate earned […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2017
Standing with fellow Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Jack Reed said that passing TrumpCare would be “a disaster for Rhode Island and the United States.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged jack reed, Medicaid, Medicare, obamacare, Sheldon Whitehouse, TrumpCare | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2017
Deep divisions of race and class among the Ward 3 neighborhoods were noted. It was obvious that Ward 3 is more a collection of neighborhoods than a unified Ward.
Posted in Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Angie Ankoma, Christopher Reynolds, Daniel Chaika, David Lallier, John Lombardi, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Mike Ritz, Mt Hope Neighborhood Association, Nirva LaFortune, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Providence Ward 3, seth magaziner, the Summit Neighborhood Association, un-debate | 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 May 20, 2017
“This report pulls together data that have been highlighted by different sources and community members over the years to provide a full picture of how Black Rhode Islanders are faring in the Ocean State,” said Rachel Flum, Executive Director of the Economic Progress Institute (EPI).
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Justice, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, DOC, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Great Recession, jobs with justice, Justice Gaines, NAACP Providence, NAEP, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Opportunities Industrialization Center, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rachel Flum, Racial Justice Coalition of Rhode Island, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, The State of Black Families in Rhode Island 2015, The State of Working Rhode Island Workers of Color | Leave a 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 April 20, 2017
In response to criticisms of the research cited in a recent piece on minimum wage, I reached out to the economists who conducted the research.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, Poverty, State House, Youth | Tagged Ben Zipperer, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE, Kenneth Mendonca, Michael Reich, minimum wage, National Employment Law Project, NELP, opportunity wage, UC Berkeley | 8 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on April 17, 2017
Why don’t we all open the locked wifi systems in our homes to our neighbors and passersby? Is it to avoid some easily managed security problem? Or is it that the isolation will boost the profits of the mega communication moguls that have privatized our space and ether? If you can brainwash people into paying […]
By Juan Espinoza on April 16, 2017
The top one percent of Rhode Island tax payers would get an average tax cut of $13,590, while middle and low income Rhode Islanders would get nothing.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Health Care, National News, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Health Care Act, CBPP, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Ellie Brown, healthsource ri, Karen Malcolm, Medicaid, obamacare, Protect Our Health Care Coalition | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 14, 2017
“This is not an opportunity wage,” said Amy Joy Glidden, “It’s an exploitation wage, and we should not give anyone the opportunity to exploit teenage workers.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Labor, Maine, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Portsmouth, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Amy Joy Glidden, carlos tobon, Elizabeth Suever, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Gregory Costantino, Hall of Presidents, Heritage Foundation, House Labor Committee, Jared Nunes, Jean Philippe Barros, john mcdaid, Kenneth Marshall, Kenneth Mendonca, Michael Araujo, National Employment Law Project, NELP, patricia morgan, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RIHA, Sarah Bratko, Stephen Moore, Taco Bell, University of California | 3 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on April 11, 2017
Days before the latest U.S. knee-jerk bombing attack on Syria, it was exactly 50 years since Martin Luther King gave his “carefully forgotten” speech Beyond Vietnam. King spoke about what he called “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.” The ruling elites have now made King presentable in polite company. […]
By Juan Espinoza on April 6, 2017
Both the Governor’s and House Speaker’s proposals result in Rhode Island’s wealthiest twenty percent of families reaping a windfall representing one third of the overall tax break…
Posted in Burrillville, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Economics, Exeter, Featured, Foster, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Shoreham, Newport, Photos, Portsmouth, Providence, Rhode Island, Richmond, Scituate, State House, Taxes | Tagged car tax, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Motor Vehicle Tax, MVT, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, US Census Bureau, Vehicle Value Commission | 8 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on April 5, 2017
A local, worker-owned, green economy is the do-or-die alternative to globalized capitalism. The claim that the choice is between jobs and the environment is bipartisan, “larger-than-usual deception.” The Solutions Project estimates that a Rhode Island water-wind-sun energy transition will create 13,000 forty-year jobs, 7,500 in construction and the rest in operation. Compare this to the 300 three-year […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 31, 2017
A new public opinion poll shows that 82.2 percent of likely voters in Rhode Island support earned sick days and want to see a statewide policy enacted.
Posted in Connecticut, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Massachusetts, New York City, Pittsburgh, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Vermont, Video, Women | Tagged A Better Balance, Blue Sun Campaigns, Bryan Rinebolt, Casey Sardo, Dan Cowan, Democrats, Economic Progress Institute, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, House Labor, Hudson Street Deli, Interview Connections, Rachel Flum, Republicans, Rhode Island Working Families, Sara Braganca, Sherry Leiwant | 2 Responses