By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2016
“When religion is used to provide a sheen of morality to the exploits of government officials and business leaders, people do not prosper, they are instead righteously exploited. The prayers that begin each legislative session may mean something to the legislators bowing their heads, but the deeper purpose is propagandist. They are invoking the name of God to justify their power, not the will of the people, and doing so in defiance of democracy.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, News, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce luncheon, House National Prayer Breakfast, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael Chippendale, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, Robert Lancia | 11 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 4, 2016
RhodeWorks is going to happen and nothing is going to stop it.
Posted in Democrats, Economic Development, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged GCPP, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Michael Sabitoni, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, teresa paiva weed | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2016
Governor Gina Raimondo has garnered praise from homeless advocates for including a $40 million affordable housing bond in the budget that she presented to the General Assembly last night.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Housing Network of RI, housingworks ri, Jim Ryczek, Melina Lodge, Opening Doors RI, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH | 1 Response
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 ACLU of RI on February 1, 2016
Public meeting agendas in Rhode Island are “often vague, lacking critical information, and at times entirely unhelpful” to residents attempting to participate in their government, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found. In reviewing just one week of public meeting agendas, the ACLU of RI discovered numerous violations […]
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Burrillville Planning Board Meeting, Hidden Agendas, Hopkins Hill Fire District Executive Board, Jamestown Town Council, Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, OMA, Open Meetings Act, Pawtucket Board of Appeals | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2016
Even people who have paid no taxes are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) rebates, meaning families can receive hundreds or thousands of dollars from the government. But to do so, families must file their taxes. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free program to help people file.
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Economic Progress Institute, EITC, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Scott Slater, VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2016
Featuring amazing mental images such as: five priests drinking in a secret bar at City Hall, Ray Hull tucking Cianci into bed at night and a big, bad, handsome “psychopath” biting a man’s ear off, this was not a typical day at the State House.
Posted in Featured, History, National News, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Charlene Lima, John Francis "Jack" Cicilline, John Gary Robichaud, john harwood, Raymond A. Hull, Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2016
With the addition of the new federal funding, the revised legislation cuts the amount of bonding in half (from $600 million to $300 million) and reduces interest costs by more than 65%. The legislation also strengthens the prohibition on tolling passenger vehicles by adding a condition that a vote of the people be required for any legislative changes to toll cars.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2016
In a mildly contentious House debate, Reps passed 2016-H 7051, legislation that would require the approval of a city or town council to establish or expand a charter school.
Featuring Rep. Antonio Giarrusso, Rep. Michael J. Marcello, Rep. Gregg Amore, Rep. John J. DeSimone, Rep. David A. Coughlin, Jr., Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (who introduced the legislation) and Rep. Patricia L. Morgan.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, People, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged 5 minute house debate, Antonio Giarrusso, charter schools, David A. Coughlin, Gregg Amore, John J. DeSimone, Jr., Michael J. Marcello, Patricia A. Serpa, Patricia L. Morgan | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on January 27, 2016
“There is great potential within the emerging green industries,” Paiva Weed told Bob Plain in an extended interview one day after introducing a report that lays out her policy recommendations. “If we as a state position ourselves to maximize all available opportunities it will in fact move us forward and secure for us national recognition.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 27, 2016
Under the new protocols, first responders and medical personnel look for signs of violence, fear and coercion. In the event a victim is identified, the protocols call for a safety assessment and evidence collection, contacting the police, DCYF, the Hasbro Aubin Center, the parents and Day One.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Health Care, Poverty, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Aubin Center at Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital, Christine Barron, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Danielle Obenhaus, Day One, dcyf, Gina Raimondo, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Peg Langhammer | 3 Responses
By Stephen Shenfield on January 27, 2016
It is especially difficult to ensure that force is not used against those incapable of speaking for themselves. What methods will be used to give them a choice? Generally speaking, people with severe developmental disabilities, provided that they are not being abused, show a strong desire to stick to familiar routines and remain in a familiar environment. Change upsets them.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BHDDH, Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, Jennifer Bogdan, Maria Montanaro, Providence Journal | 3 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on January 27, 2016
Are two recent stories about Rhode Island College are related? Andrew Stewart wants to know.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2016
“The legislation would establish a new Clean Energy and Jobs Fund that will invest in renewables and efficiency and help Rhode Islanders lower their energy costs,” said Energize RI in a press release, “The Fund will be financed by a fee on carbon pollution, beginning at $15 per ton of greenhouse gas emissions, paid by the companies that sell fossil fuels in the state.”
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Beth Milham, Clean Energy and Jobs Fund, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, Energize RI, Filarski Architecture, Interfaith Power and Light, Joseph Fernandes, Ken Filarski, Regional Economic Models Inc, remi | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on January 26, 2016
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is introducing a suite of bills today designed to attract more green jobs to the state, educate more Rhode Islanders to work in green industries, lower consumer costs to switching to solar power and invests heavily in local agriculture, seafood and aquaculture.
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 Peter Nightingale on January 22, 2016
We are building a 30 megawatt wind farm off Block Island and we are talking about frack-gas facility with 30 times that capacity in Burrillville… Accounting gimmicks devoid of physics may fool the people, the editor of the the ProJo and our hapless leaders, but none of that will change the laws of nature.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACEEE, clean power plan, Clear River Energy Center, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, janet coit, john arnold, Marion Gold, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2016
What has to change in Rhode Island before common sense gun legislation can be passed? Mattiello has an A+ (100 percent) rating with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Senate President M Teresa Paiva-Weed has an A (93 percent) rating from the NRA.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Frank Saccoccio, Jerry Belair, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Second Amendment Coalition | 10 Responses
By ACLU of RI on January 21, 2016
“It is now critical that the House and Senate each promptly approve the opposite chamber’s identical version of this bill so it can be sent to the Governor and signed into law as soon as possible.”
By Rep. Edith H. Ajello and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin on January 20, 2016
Unfortunately, the gains made to protect women’s reproductive care – from access to abortion to affordable, accessible birth control – continue to be threatened by those who aim to take away a woman’s right to determine what is best for her own health and her own life.