By Steve Ahlquist on November 19, 2015
Providence City Hall was electric with meetings being conducted behind closed doors. What happened in the Finance Committee room was theater, the real deals were all made out of sight. The Finance Committee meeting seemed meticulously planned so that when it started, it would fall like a string of dominoes in favor of moneyed interests and to the detriment of hotel workers.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Brett Smiley, Carmen Castillo, Fogarty Building, george nee, Gina Raimondo, John Igliozzi, josh miller, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Council Finance Committee, renaissance hotel, Sabina Matos, Tax Stabilization Agreement, Terrance Hassett, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, TSA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
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By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
What was supposed to be a casual meet and greet for the Warwick Progressive Democrats quickly went downhill when Sam Bell, the state coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, called out Democratic Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente’s merits, saying that he’s an embarrassment to the party. Corrente’s campaign has been an all around unorthodox […]
Posted in Democrats, Elections, Politics, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged democrat, Jennifer Siciliano, republican, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Richard Corrente, Sam Bell, Scott Avedisian, Tea Party, Warwick, warwick progressive democrats | 12 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 20, 2015
Rhode Island gave away more than $30 million to 18 companies in 2015, according to a new report from the state Division of Taxation. This is almost twice the $14.8 million it gave away in 2014, according to an analysis of that report by the Economic Progress Institute. The new Division of Taxation report is not […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 14, 2015
Representative Patricia Serpa (D- District 27) is already preparing for next year’s legislative session, as she today announced that she will prefile legislation designed to assist home and business owners that were harmed by the storm on Aug. 4. Serpa is the chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, as well as a representative for […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Last year Providence City Councillor John Igliozzi proposed that future tax breaks for large corporations should include $15 minimum wage guarantees, but this year, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Igliozzi has failed to deliver on this proposal.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Prison Health Interest Group, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), District 1199 SEIU New England, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, Featured, fossil free ri, Fred Ordonez, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, greg gerritt, I-195 Commission, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Labor, Le Meridien, life-science park, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, National News, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA), Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Restaurant Opportunities Center RI (ROC United), Rhode Island, RI Building and Construction Trades Council, RI Carpenters Local 94, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, state house, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2015
Included in the I-195 land life-science park proposal is “a Le Meridien hotel with 175 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.” The Le Meridian is to be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, a company that regular reports cash flows of approximately $850 million to $950 million a quarter. Starwood runs 1,200 hotels and resorts, and paid dividends to their investors to the tune of $2.4 billion last year.
In essence, Providence is planning to give away millions of dollars to billionaires…
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged John Igliozzi, Le Meridien, Meds & Eds, minimum wage, Sabina Matos, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs | Leave a response
By Mark Binder on May 26, 2015
$40 million is the figure in government tax breaks and subsidies that’s being mentioned for the proposed Unicorn Center in Downtown Providence. “This will be a world-class capture and processing facility,” said House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. “First came the Jewelry District, then the Knowledge District, then the BioMed district, then the ProvSox Stadium, and now we’re getting ready to break […]
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 March 24, 2015
In the future predicted by the leaders of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, there will be fewer and fewer people able to pay taxes or in any way participate in the economic system of our state. Robots, however, will be productive and very taxable.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Poverty, Rhode Island, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged automation, Bob Bacon, John Henry, Mike Araujo, minimum wage, Paul Krugman, RIHA, robert reich, robots, ROC United RI, tipped minimum wage | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2015
“Were my statements on the income tax correct?” asks Speaker Mattiello, “I believe they were correct because when I talk to my neighbors, my neighbors don’t see any tax relief, the well-to-do neighbors don’t see any tax relief. But Politifact spent two weeks trying to prove me wrong and I think technically they were wrong. That discussion has to stop.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, healthsourceRI, Nicholas Mattiello, politifact, Sam Bell, Taxes | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 13, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has been making statements demonstrating his support for “dynamic analysis,” a fiscally irresponsible and economically discredited accounting trick supported nationally by congressional Republicans that amounts to little more than rebranded trickle-down economics.
Posted in Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged 2015 Small Business Summit, Bryant University, dynamic analysis, Nicholas Mattiello, Taxes | 4 Responses
By Samuel Bell on July 14, 2014
Property taxes are very high in Providence. Each year, homeowners must pay 1.925% of the value of their homes to the city. At 3.375%, the rate on apartments is even higher, and at 3.675%, the rate on commercial property is higher still. But when the wealthiest developers build big projects, the story tends to go a […]
By Frymaster on June 10, 2014
I’d love to say that Aaron Renn’s recent hit piece in City Journal is total trash, but it’s not. While I dispute his basic thesis that “progressive policies” have caused Rhode Island’s problems, I agree that…we got problems. I also agree with some of the reforms he suggest, think some are hogwash and have other alternatives […]
By Mark Binder on June 2, 2014
The article, House speaker outlines state’s economic priorities, in the Providence Journal started badly. Paul Grimaldi wrote, “The newly elected speaker of the house told a roomful of business people Thursday that fixing the state’s fiscal problems is his priority.” I didn’t vote for Mattiello for speaker, nor did you. He was “elected” by a […]
Posted in corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Poverty, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged 38 Studios, moral obligation bonds, Nick Mattiello, Speaker of the House | 1 Response
By Tom Sgouros on May 30, 2014
A few months ago, I wrote about the intellectual bankruptcy of the economic model called STAMP, for State Tax Analysis Modeling Program, created by the Beacon Hill Institute (BHI), and beloved of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Apple Pie (CFAP). The good folks at the CFAP have been heavily promoting some of the […]
By Tom Sgouros on April 30, 2014
Everyone knows that Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, right? After a few years of lagging Michigan and sometimes Nevada, we are now the nation’s leaders, despite the rate having ticked down slightly last month. But consider this: what do you learn by comparing a tiny state like ours to relatively […]
By Corey Agin on April 17, 2014
Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use. – Jimmy Carter, Aug. 2, 1977 Marijuana laws in Rhode Island are in drastic need of reform. For more […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2014
Last evening the RI House Finance Committee heard testimony on two bills that would increase the marginal tax rate on people making more than $200,000 a year. Representative Maria Cimini proposed a 2% increase, from 5.99 to 7.99% on incomes over $250,000, while Representative Larry Valencia proposed a 4.01% increase on incomes over $200,000 for […]