By Steve Ahlquist on May 28, 2015
With all but one of The Providence Foundation’s case studies having been vetted by James Skeffington and the PawSox owners, people who stood to make millions from the proposed ballpark, it’s small wonder that their recent report comes down in favor of building a ballpark in downtown Providence with public money.
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged Andrew Zimbalist, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Foundation, Victor Matheson | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 27, 2015
In recent months, Dr. Tim Empkie has become one of the most familiar and visible stalwarts in the ongoing campaign to prevent public funds being used in the construction of a new stadium in downtown Providence. I talked to Empkie at during morning rush hour at the corner of Point and Wickendon St.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2015
“One reason I think its problematic is that once you start taking money from someone who has a stake in the game, you have an incentive to spin your findings to make who’s paying you happy,” says journalist Neil deMause.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2015
Dr. Victor Matheson’s complete presentation on why public financing for sport stadiums is a bad idea.
Posted in Economic Development, Featured, Multimedia, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, Video | Tagged Andrew Zimbalist, Gina Raimondo, James Skeffington, McCoy Stadium, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Victor Mat | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 19, 2015
“I wasn’t in town for the tour [with Skeffington],” said Smith College sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, “I was in town for a lecture at Brown [University] that I was committed to for many months. Skeffington and I spent about 30 minutes together total. We shared no meals or drinks. I had never met him before. I requested a tour after multiple requests from RI media to comment on [the] stadium.”
By Steve Ahlquist on May 14, 2015
SEIU 1199, representing about 4,000 health care workers in RI, held a press conference to announce a series of initiatives “to improve the way the state invests in Medicaid-funded programs in long-term care and create a pathway to living wages for caregivers.” The press conference was part of a “Day of Action” at the State […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Dawn Auclair, Jenn Steinfeld, Manoucheka Robert, Medicaid, Nichole Ward, Patrick Quinn, Reinventing Medicaid, Sarah Nolan, SEIU District 1199NE, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 13, 2015
Matheson compared minor league baseball teams to average 16-screen movie mega-plexes. In general, they perform about the same economically, yet no one is suggesting that movie theaters be publicly subsidized in anything like the kind of deal that baseball stadiums traditionally receive. “Are movie theaters exempt from sales tax, property tax, market value leases, etc.?” asked Matheson, “We would say that’s crazy.”
By Steven Brown on May 13, 2015
At least 11 municipalities in Rhode Island ask job applicants a question on their application forms that is prohibited by law. The questions vary in wording, but each asks job applicants about their criminal record–a practice that has been illegal in Rhode Island for over a year. As a result, the ACLU of Rhode Island and […]
By Mark Binder on May 11, 2015
The future of Rhode Island could be very simple… Our goal could be to intentionally make our small state an expensive place to do business in, but make it worth every penny. For every dollar in taxes paid, our citizens would reap benefits. The purpose of commerce is to support the people, not the reverse. How could […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 7, 2015
Special Assistant Attorney General Joee Lindbeck testified that the AG’s office opposes the bill because it would require police officers to ask permission to search juveniles. She also said that the Attorney General’s office was not privy to the meetings between law enforcement and community group’s where the bill was put together.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economy, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Comprehensive Community Police Relations Act, Edie Ajello, jim vincent, Joee Lindbeck, Jordan Seaberry, Kilmartin, michael evora, Mike Araujo, NAACP, Peter Kilmartin, police, Ray Watson, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, steve pare, Stop and Frisk, Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 5, 2015
Black students were suspended from school more than twice as often as would be expected based on their representation in the student body population. Hispanic students were suspended more than one-and-a-half times as often as expected, the highest rate in a decade, while white students experienced a ten-year low.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Blacklisted: 2013-2014, Danni Ritchie, Donald Anderson, Hillary Davis, Jordan Seaberry, Karen Feldman, Marie Hennedy, Martha Yaeger, Rhode Island Council of Churches, RI ACLU, RI Kids Count, school suspensions, school to prison, Stephanie Geller, Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission, Young Voices | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
“We want accountability,” said C. Kelly Smith, one of the protest organizers. “I recommend that the LGBTQ and allied community boycott the Haven Brothers until such time as we get an explanation and justice for Joey.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Anthony Maselli, C. Kelly Smith, frank ferri, hate crime, Haven Brothers, Joey Catanzaro | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 3, 2015
Over 500 people joined the Black Lives Matter march in Providence on Saturday. The event, organized by End Police Brutality PVD, was held in solidarity with Baltimore, which has become the new epicenter for change in the ongoing tragedy of police violence against blacks and other people of color.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, Direct Actions for Rights & Equality, End Police Brutality PVD, Protest, Providence Police | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2015
“Providence is not a minor league city,” said Asher Schofield, “We are what we dream ourselves to be. What we want to be. And we want to be major league. These are antiquated notions, the idea of public financing of private enterprise. This [deal] is not the grand notion that we need to have as a city moving forward… These minor league aspirations are beneath us.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Andrew Posner, Asher Schofield, capital good fund, Cathy Orloff, Coalition Radio, DARE, David Fisher, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Catalano, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Mike Puyana, Mike Rollins, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island Libertarian Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, RICC, Roland Gauvin, Steven Frias | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2015
“Paid leave is good for business and employees,” said Cicilline, “Supporting programs like paid leave promotes [employee] retention, recruitment of employees and improves productivity.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Barrack Obama, Dan Gold, David Cicilline, District 1199 SEIU, gayle goldin, george nee, Gold International Machinery, jack reed, James Langevin, Lead on Leave, LNA Laser Technology, paid leave, Patrick Quinn, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, RI Department of Labor and Training, Scott Jensen, Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 24, 2015
“Thousands are getting shut off notices today,” said Camilo Viveiros, lead organizer of the George Wiley Center to the 22 people gathered around a table hoping to avoid losing power on May 1, “Over 20,000 people in Rhode Island have their power shut off every year.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, Consumer Unit of the Attorney General’s Office, Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, liheap, national grid, Public Utilities Commission, Residential Payment Plan | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 16, 2015
Providence became one of over 200 cities to participate in a “National Day of Action to Fight for $15.” In a two hour march through downtown Providence, nearly 100 workers and activists visited businesses engaged in wage theft, low pay and anti-unionization efforts.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Carmen Castillo, Carpenters Local 9, Cilantro, DARE, Direct Actions for Rights & Equality, fight for 15, First Source, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11 Painters, jeffrey santos, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Malcus Mills, Michael Araujo, omni providence hotel, Phoebe Gardener, procaccanti group, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, ROC-RI, santa brito, SEIU Rhode Island, tax stabilization, Unite Here Local 217, wage theft | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 15, 2015
Like everyone on planet earth, I’m not sure where the Red Sox’ AAA affiliate would attract the most fans, make the most money and/or do the most economic good. But I’m fairly certain new Pawsox owner Jim Skeffington is using some tricky accounting and very high pressure sales tactics to get Rhode Island to finance […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2015
“Once I met a lady who was in terrible, terrible pain of cancer and I told her, ‘This is but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.’ And the lady, though she was in great pain, she joined her hands together and said, ‘Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.’”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Abortion, Arthur Corvese, Barth E. Bracy, catholic church, Christopher Mahar, Corvese Amendment, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, RI Right to Life, Robert Lancia, William F. Buckley Jr. | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2015
Governor Raimondo is “saying that she wants to be an advocate for home care,” says home care advocate Nicholas Oliver, “particularly with this working group Reinventing Medicaid, but frankly we haven’t seen her put her money where her mouth is. She put into her budget proposal last month a freeze on home health care for another consecutive fiscal year.”
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Department of Health, Gina Raimondo, Inc., Medicaid, minimum wage, Nicholas Oliver, Reinventing Medicaid, Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care | Leave a response