By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
“I will not only lose my patients, I will lose my purpose in life,” said Smith, who says the anxiety over this proposal has contributed to her suffering. One night, during a particularly bad breathing episode, she comforted herself that perhaps her death might be used to convince the Governor to change her mind.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, marijuana reform, News, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Bobby Brady-Cataldo, Ellen Smith, Gina Raimondo, JoAnne Leppanen, Medical Marijuana, Peter Benson, RI Patient Advocacy Coalition, Steven Brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
RhodeWorks s being fast tracked because the necessary arrangements between the various parties involved have been carefully worked out, but in an election year, meaning that the sooner elected officials put this issue in their rear view mirror the better. Several legislators are going to be challenged for their seats because of their votes on this.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Providence, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Transportation, Video | Tagged AAA of Southern New England, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Dan McKee, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, GPCC, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Grow Smart Rhode Island, james diossa, jorge elorza, Laurie White, lisa baldelli hunt, Lloyd Albert, Michael F. Sabitoni, Nicholas A. Mattiello, Ocean State Job Lot, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, Sam Bell, Scott Wolf, teresa paiva weed | 5 Responses
By Regulate RI on February 8, 2016
We tax alcohol, but not prescription medications. Similarly, it makes little sense to extract revenue from sick people who need marijuana as a medicine while keeping marijuana that is used for fun untaxed and in the illicit market.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Health Care, marijuana reform, News, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House | Tagged Gina Raimondo, jared moffat, Marijuana, Polly Reynolds, Regulate Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2016
We are, as a state, pursuing failed economic and job creation strategies, and we will continue to fail unless our elected leaders take this new data seriously.
Posted in Business & Tech, Campaign 2016, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Education, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Davos, Dennis Algiers, Dominick Ruggerio, GE, General Electric, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, John Haltiwanger, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael Leachman, Michael Mazerov, Nicholas A. Mattiello, NuLabel, State Job Creation Strategies Often Off Base, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs, World Economic Summit | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2016
As Governor Gina Raimondo presented her State of the State address to the General Assembly and the television viewers at home, she was being simultaneously protested by two groups.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Clear River Energy Center, EJLRI, English for Action, Environmental Justice League of RI, fang, fields point, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jesus Holguin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nick Katkevich, Sheldon Whitehouse, Spectra Energy | 1 Response
By Economic Progress Institute on January 25, 2016
New data released today shows that too many Rhode Island families remain economically vulnerable. Smart public policies that create opportunities for families to save and make investments in their future prosperity pay huge dividends for all of us.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged Annie E Casey Foundation, Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, CFED, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets, Jim Ryczek, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, State of Working Rhode Island: Workers of Color, U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2016
“Your participation at this Summit will essentially decide… the direction of [economic and business] issues that are going to be critical to you over the next year.” said Mark Hayward, District Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Association.
Posted in Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Pensions, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Bryant University, Center for Women and Enterprise, Gina Raimondo, Mark Hayward, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Small Business Association, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, SBA, seth magaziner, Stefan Pryor | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2015
Many seniors and disabled passengers live on fixed incomes and will be negatively impacted by this rate increase. Though the state will provide rides for scheduled doctor’s visits, free rides will not be provided for shopping, visits with friends and relatives, or attending political rallies. Those stuck at home will face isolation and declining health outcomes.
Posted in Featured, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 16 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 18, 2015
Much like its House counterpart, the Senate Finance Committee passed the FY16 budget bill unanimously with almost no discussion other than to speak on its merits. “I would certainly characterize this budget as one that is not only ambitious, but one that makes a significant investment in areas that should have been invested in in […]
Posted in Economy, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House | Tagged budget, Common Cause RI, Daniel DaPonte, Elisha Aldrich, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, john marion, Juan Pichardo, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Gallison, RI Senate, senate finance committee | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 12, 2015
Just because House Finance passed the FY 2016 budget onto the House floor for next Tuesday, doesn’t mean the entire House of Representatives has to like it. In fact, much of the bill is contested – such as the tourism cuts that Representative Teresa Tanzi, Narragansett/South Kingstown, has voiced her opposition to. “When I moved […]
Posted in cities and towns, Economy, Featured, State Budget, State House | Tagged beach, budget, Elisha Aldrich, house finance, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, narragansett, Newport, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence, Raymond Gallison, south county, state house, Teresa Tanzi, Tourism | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2015
“Planned Parenthood was surprised to see these proposals in the Governor’s budget when it was unveiled last week, and we were not consulted about the new policies contained in this article. Additionally, since there was never a hearing on this language, we have not been able to get clear guidance on the intent of these policies.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Emily's List, FY 2016 budget, Gina Raimondo, healthsourceRI, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RI ACLU, Sam Bell, steve brown | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The 2016 RI State Budget, approved by House Finance late Tuesday evening, included language on abortion coverage in its section on HealthSource RI funding that goes far beyond what is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This part of the budget, inserted at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo on May 29, mandates that every insurer operating on HealthSource RI offer multiple plans that do not cover abortion.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, budget, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood | 2 Responses
By Alex Krogh-Grabbe on June 4, 2015
With Governor Raimondo’s recent push for transportation funding, people are talking about patching up the 6/10 Connector vs. replacing it with a boulevard. Best practice in urban design recommends replacing urban highways with boulevards. But that would be something we haven’t done before in Rhode Island, so it’s understandable that some people have concerns. Here […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2015
Moving onto Medicaid, Raimondo insisted that her goal in pulling together the working group is “not about kicking people off Medicaid” but “getting people cared for in the lowest cost environment.”
Raimondo acknowledged that the EPI and many of those in the audience are more concerned with social justice and economic justice than they are with short term budget fixes when she said, near the end of her speech, “Your stubborn idealism is a good thing for Rhode Island, so don’t lose it.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Poverty, State Budget, State House | Tagged Cindy Mann, economic justice, Economic Progress Institute, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Linda Katz, Medicaid, Reinventing Medicaid, social justice | Leave a response
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 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
By Steve Ahlquist on March 19, 2015
“If you have to increase what you provide in a healthcare setting and your dollars are being cut, there’s only a few places that money is going to come from. Labor and staff, food and medication. So if that’s what we’re looking at cutting, labor, food, staff and medication, shame on everybody in this state…”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged budget, Ed Beard, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Providence Community Health Center, Reinventing Medicaid, SEIU 1199 New England | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on March 13, 2015
Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget would cut funding to the poor, fully fund the state education aid formula and create new taxes on high-end second homes and rental properties. You can read her full address to the House and Senate here. Most significantly, Raimondo seeks to cut about $91 million from Medicaid, socialized health programs […]