By Jim Sheehan on May 3, 2016
In 1992, justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court declared unanimously that prior to the Ethics Commission, “widespread breaches of trust, cronyism, impropriety, and other violations of ethical standards decimated the public’s trust in government.” The 1986 Constitutional Convention passed an extraordinary Ethics in Government Amendment, and the people approved. This amendment called for the […]
By Bob Plain on May 2, 2016
Lost in last week’s primary election were some other promising poll numbers for progressives. A Public Policy Polling survey found 3 of 4 Rhode Islanders would be more likely to support a candidate who would drastically decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and a Brown University Taubman Center poll found 55 percent of Rhode Islanders […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 2, 2016
The suggestion that “successful folk” are being “forced to leave the state” because of the estate tax is frankly idiotic. This economic hokum has been debunked time and time again, yet our Speaker clings to this lie to justify giving more money to the already rich.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged Estate Tax, Gina Raimondo, Grafton H. “Cap” Wiley IV, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit | 4 Responses
By transportprovidence on April 29, 2016
Hopeful discussion of a possible parking tax earlier this week gave way to the realization that Jorge Elorza and Providence City Council are more likely to forego such a measure, and instead lower the car tax. Sigh. . . I know that many in the progressive community feel the car tax is too high, or that there […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2016
The RICAGV (Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence) held their second annual rally outside the State House, reaffirming their support for three critical pieces of legislation that would ban guns on school grounds, take guns away from domestic abusers and limit magazine capacity to ten rounds. The General Assembly has shown little appetite for these […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged frank lombardi, Jerry Belair, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Stephen Archambault | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2016
A somber yet unyielding Town Council faced the displeasure of Burrillville residents Wednesday night. At issue is whether or not the residents of Burrillville can trust their elected officials to negotiate in their best interests with Invenergy, a multi-billion dollar company intent on bringing a fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plan to their pristine town. The Town Council appeared to do themselves no favors allowing their lawyer, Oleg Nikolyszyn, speak for them.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Climate Change, corporate greed, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, State House, Video | Tagged Andrew Vanable, David Place, Deborah Yablonski, Gina Raimondo, Jan Luby, Jason Olkowski, Jeremy Bailey, John Pacheco, Michael McElroy, Open Meetings Act | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 27, 2016
More than three of every four Rhode Islanders “favor” a $15 minimum wage for nursing home workers, according to a Fleming & Associates poll done for local labor groups. The poll question, shared by the SEIU 1199NE, found that 76 percent of those polled support a $15 basement wage for those who “care for Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
One time RI Future contributor Lisa Petrie was arrested at the State House this evening by State Police for failing to leave the State Room after protesters demanded an audience with Governor Gina Raimondo over the proposed Invenergy oil and fracked gas burning power plant proposed for Burrillville. Petrie is a member of Fossil Free RI and a long time environmental activist here in the state.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Photos, State House | Tagged fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Lisa Petrie, state house | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
Burrillville residents and local activists began a sit-in at Governor Gina Raimondo’s State House office, urging the Governor to drop her support of the fossil fuel power plant proposed for Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, News, State House | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Gina Raimondo, Kathy Martley, Marion Gold, MTBE, Nick Katkevich | 1 Response
By Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Rep. Scott A. Slater on April 14, 2016
Last year, the General Assembly and the governor took an important first step to help thousands of working families make ends meet by increasing the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — a tax benefit for workers earning $50,000 or less — to 12.5 percent of the federal credit. As the Ocean State strives to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2016
“I shouldn’t have to rely on food stamps if I’m working 40 hours a week taking care of people. But I do! Honestly, I could be making more at Dunkin’ Donts and that’s ridiculous,” said Nichole Ward, a CNA at Greenville Skilled Nursing and Rehab in a statement.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 12, 2016
Lee Ann Quinn, a nurse and home health care provider has a 17 year old son named Zachary who is wheelchair bound due to a progressive neuro-muscular disease. “It’s a really sad day,” said Quinn, “when one of my son’s home health care aids comes to my home and tells me ‘you know they’re paying $10.25 at McDonald’s and they don’t have to do any of the things I do…'”
By Bob Plain on April 12, 2016
A Providence Journal editorial lamented the loss of billionaires and millionaires who would abandon the Ocean State for lower taxes in the South. But Aggie Clark, a certified nurses assistant who doesn’t make enough money to pay her bills, better represents what ails Rhode Island’s economy. Rhode Island doesn’t have too few rich people, we […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 9, 2016
“I don’t know if we can get you in,” said Leo Skenyon, Nicholas Mattiello’s chief of staff, “We’ve got over 130 people coming, and priority will be given to Cranston residents. We might get you into the basement with a TV. You’ll be able to hear the answers, but you might not hear the questions.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Infrastructure, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 38 Studios, frank lombardi, Gordon Fox, Hanna Gallo, kathy gregg, Larry Berman, Leo Skenyon, Lorraine Savard, Nicholas Mattiello, Oak Lawn Grange, Peter Alviti, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RhodeWorks, RICAGV, ridot, Robert Jacquard, Tom Wojick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 7, 2016
The Governor and her team are closely monitoring the plans and listening to community feedback and concerns. We will be learning more about the health and environmental impacts of the plans as the Energy Facility Siting Board continues its review of the proposal, and reviewing those impacts carefully.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged burrillville, cale keable, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Paul Fogarty, Sheldon Whitehouse | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 6, 2016
Republican Rep. Bobby Nardolillo wants Rhode Island to pick up the PayPal jobs that are fleeing North Carolina because that state passed a law discriminating against LGBTQ people, an idea also floated by some on the progressive left yesterday. “I learned today of an excellent opportunity to draw a high profile, internationally recognized company to […]
By Gus Uht on April 6, 2016
A funny thing occurred to me on the way to the State House. Okay, it wasn’t that funny, at all. It was about abortion. I was preparing to give testimony at the annual RI House abortion / choice exercise (hearing) last week when two facts or arguments occurred to me that happen to support my […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 4, 2016
What is solitary confinement, really? Can any of us who have not experienced it truly understand it? Four former RI inmates tell their stories as they plead for reforms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, News, People, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Black and Pink, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, Jessica Gonzalez, John Prince, JoseDavi Lamoso, Osiris | 6 Responses
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 31, 2016
Until national legislation is passed providing earned paid sick time, state and local provisions can provide this important family-friendly employment standard.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Center on Economic and Policy Research, Economic Policy institute, Healthy And Safe Families And Workplaces Act, Medicaid, paid sick days | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2016
Senator Fogarty set the tone early on, saying that there’s “not a lot the General Assembly can do about [the power plant].” Claiming that he hasn’t yet made up his mind, Fogarty said, “I’m not here to stop the power plant, but I’m not here to put a shovel in the ground [either].”
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged BASE, Brian Newberry, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Clear River Energy Center, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy LLC, Kathy Martley, Paul Fogarty | 3 Responses