By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2017
Two gas pipeline companies manipulated schedules and gas flow to make an extra $3.6 billion from Southern New England ratepayers claims a report that has spurred investigations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and, to a lesser extent, Rhode Island.
Posted in Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, Rhode Island | Tagged Algonquin Gas Transmission Pipeline, Avangrid, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, DPUC, EDF, Environmental Defense Fund, Eversource, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Maura Healey, Meaghan McCabe, Peter Kilmartin, Public Utilities Commission, puc, PURA, Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, Thomas Kogut, Todd Bianco | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of tolerance and diversity. Those values mean nothing if we abandon them in times of difficulty. Dreamers are in our schools in every community. They are Rhode Islanders. As long as I am Governor, Rhode Island will stand with Dreamers and DACA recipients.”
Posted in California, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Colorado, Connecticut, Featured, Immigration, Justice, Minnesota, National News, News, Oregon, Providence, Race & Racism, State House, Virginia, Washington, Women, Youth | Tagged Anne-Marie Liston, Bill Deware, DACA, Daniel Malloy, Darlene Correia, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act of 2017, Dreamers, Ellen Liston, Gina Raimondo, Gross Domestic Product, james diossa, Jay Inslee, Jerry Brown, John Hickenlooper, jorge elorza, Kate Brown, Kristine Frech, Mark Dayton, Mary Pendergast, Medicare, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny, Social Security, Take Back Your Life, Teach For America Rhode Island, Terrence McAulifffe | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2017
President Donald Trump was greeted by hundreds of protesters calling for his impeachment and resignation when he traveled to New London, Connecticut yesterday.
Posted in Activism, Connecticut, Featured, National News, New London CT | Tagged Action Together CT New London County, donald trump, Immigration Advocacy & Support Center, Neighbors Making Noise, New London Green Party, Pepe the Frog, Raging Grannies of Greater Westerly, Rise Up Mystic, St Francis House, Think Loud, Together We Rise CT, Unify & Resist, US Coast Guard Academy, War Resisters League New England, We Stand Together, Welcoming Refugees/Start Fresh Inc | 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 12, 2017
News broke today that the Connecticut Siting Council voted to deny NTE Energy’s application for a 550-megawatt power plant proposed for Killingly, which shares a border with Burrillville, Rhode Island…
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, National News, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Connecticut Siting Council, Conservation Law Foundation, CT Siting Council, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Forward Capacity Auction, Invenergy, ISO-New England, John Penney, Killingly CT, Killingly Energy Center, Lake Road Generating Facility, Max Greene, Medway MA, Norwich Bulletin, NTE Energy | 2 Responses
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 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
By Jennifer Boylan on March 26, 2017
Rhode Island can and should enact stronger laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to support H5510/S405 to protect Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents: women, families, and children.
Posted in Connecticut, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, General Assembly, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Coalition of Domestic Violence, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
RIPEC’s executive director John Simmons pulls out every bad economic argument he can in opposition to raising the minimum wage in Rhode Island despite acknowledging that the proposed increase is ‘relatively modest.’
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Maine, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New Hampshire, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Vermont, Washington | Tagged Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Hall, earned income tax credit, EITC, john simmons, Marvin Abney, minimum wage, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, RI DLT, RI House Finance Committee, RIPEC, S Department of Labor | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2017
The undersigned members of the Rhode Island Business Coalition wish to express our opposition to Article 20 (Relating to Minimum Wages) of the Governor’s FY 2018 budget proposal.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New Hampshire, Poverty, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington | Tagged Ashley E Ranslow, Bill Vernon, Dale Venturini, East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, Erin Donovan-Boyle, Grafton Wiley, Laura A McNamara, Marvin Abney, minimum wage, National Federation of Independent Business, New England, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Ralph Coppola, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, RI DLT, RI House Finance Committee, RIPEC, Robert A. Mancini, Robert Shea, SBANE, Smaller Business Association of New England | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Everything you need to know to effectively testify in favor of increasing the minimum wage at the State House this week.
Posted in Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Connecticut, Gina Raimondo, house finance, House Labor, massachusetts, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, State House | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2017
According to Energize RI, the legislation “is designed to provide incentives for energy users to reduce their reliance on carbon-emitting fuels and encourage the development of cleaner renewable energy projects that keep Rhode Islanders’ dollars in the state and create jobs locally.”
Posted in Climate, Connecticut, Energy, Featured, Massachusetts, New York, News, Rhode Island, Vermont, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Brigid Ryan, Clean Energy and Jobs Fund, donald trump, Exxon, Jeanine Calkin, Jeff Maulk, Jonathan Steinberg, Kat Burnham, Michael Barrett, National Council of Environmental Lawmakers, People’s Power and Light | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2017
National Grid cancels its plans to charge electric ratepayers to build more gas pipelines, because the plan was illegal.
Posted in Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island | Tagged Algonquin Gas, CLF, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Conservation Law Foundation, CT DEEP, General Assembly, Herbert DeSimone III, Jerry Elmer, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, Max Greene, Megan Herzog, national grid, New Hampshire PUC, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC | 1 Response