By Bob Plain on August 2, 2016
The Providence City Council extended a tax break for the developers of a mixed use project on Valley Street because an anchor tenant relocated to Johnston.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 2, 2016
The Providence City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday night and among the agenda items is tax stabilization agreements (TSAs) for 60 Valley Street, LLC and 166 Valley Street, LLC on behalf of the Rising Sun Mills Project.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged 100 Fountain St, Luis Aponte, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Rising Sun Mills Project, Sabina Matos, Samuel Bell, STEP, Stop Tax Evasion in Providence, Tax Stabilization Agreement, TSA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Taxes, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged democratic national convention, Extraordinary Rendition Band, minimum wage, Nuns on the Bus, St. Michael's Church | Leave a response
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on July 25, 2016
Raimondo’s politics represent an brand of conservatism well to the right of basically anyone of prominence in the national Democratic party.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Featured, National News, Pensions, reproductive freedom, State House, Taxes | Tagged AFLCIO, catherine taylor, Dan McKee, Gina Raimondo, hillary clinton, RI Progressive Democrats of America | 6 Responses
By Barry Schiller on July 18, 2016
Despite much wringing of hands and awarding of tax breaks to various upper income and business folks, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate IS still at the bottom. Thus I propose these seven modest suggestions for addressing this problem. 1. Ban any pro-union advocacy opinions in the state’s media. While talk radio mostly […]
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on June 23, 2016
“…continuing our strong stance against corporate welfare, we call on our political leaders to reject any subsidies for the Superman Building.”
Posted in corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged David Sweetser, High Rock Development LLC, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA, superman building | 14 Responses
By Jerry Elmer on June 7, 2016
“In short, the scare tactics used by Invenergy and its allies to oppose this provision of the Fogarty Bill are just not true.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Featured, Infrastructure, State House, Taxes | Tagged burrillville, CLF, Conservation Law Fund, Donna Nesselbush, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, national grid, Nicholas Kettle, Paul Fogarty | Leave a response
By Meghan Kallman on June 6, 2016
If Rhode Island passes it (and we should) we would join growing ranks of states that have repealed the so-called “tampon tax”—and we would distinguish ourselves by including other medically necessary items in that repeal.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, State House, Taxes, Women | Tagged Christina Morra, edith ajello, Ingrid Nilsen, Louis DiPalma, Meghan Elizabeth Kallman, Robin Dionne, tampon tax, Women's Policy Institute | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 28, 2016
The testimony on Cale Keable’s bill, H8240 pitted town residents and environmental activists against business and labor concerns. In all 56 people testified on the bill during the five hours of testimony, 43 in favor and 13 in opposition.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, corporate greed, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Audubon Society, cale keable, Conservation Law Foundation, Doug Gablinske, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Invenergy, Jeremy Bailey, Jerry Elmer, John Lombardi, John Niland, Kirkbrae Country Club, Lenette Boisselle, Meg Kerr, michael marcello, Mike Ryan, national grid, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 21, 2016
“Despite its imperfections,” says CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer, “the Keable Bill is an excellent bill that ought to be supported by enviros, because… it makes it much less likely that the Invenergy plant will be built.”
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Capacity Supply Obligation, CLF, commerce corporation, Conservation Law Foundation, CSO, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FCA, Forward Capacity Auction, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, ISO, Jerry Elmer | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2016
Representative Daniel Reilly, a Republican from District 72 serving portions of Middletown and Portsmouth has reportedly received money from his father, earned from tax evasion, for both his schooling and his political campaigns.
By Economic Progress Institute on May 11, 2016
A new report released this morning by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) emphasizes the importance of state estate taxes as tools for broadly shared prosperity and as a means to ensure that the very wealthy don’t avoid taxes by sheltering their wealth.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Douglas Hall, EITC, Elizabeth McNichol, Estate Tax, Rachel Flum, State Estate Taxes: A Key Tool for Broadly Shared Prosperity | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2016
The Economic Progress Institute’s Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Douglas Hall, PhD, talks about what a workers’ agenda for Rhode Island’s economy might look like.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, Taxes, Video | Tagged 8th Annual Policy and Budget Conference, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, The State of Working Rhode Island: Workers of Color | Leave a response
By transportprovidence on May 9, 2016
It’s hard to tax the rich at the local level. The area within the borders of a local community is small, and tax avoidance becomes a game to people with money. One need simply relocate a block across the border to smack back at most local popular efforts. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m saying […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 5, 2016
“…You can’t simply just determine a tax at will and tax somebody… It’s not fair to leave you with the impression that this can be done when it can’t be done,” said Burrillville Town Manager Michael Wood.
Problem is, Wood is wrong.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Beckwith-Bruckshaw Memorial Lodge, Burrillville Town Council, Conservation Law Foundation, dan yorke, Deborah Krieg, donald trump, FANG Collective, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, John Niland, John Pacheco, Kenneth Putnam Jr, Michael Wood, Nick Katkevich, State of Mind, Stephen Rawson, Tiya Loiselle, Tom Kravitz | 3 Responses
By Economic Progress Institute on May 4, 2016
“Our analysis shows there is no good public policy reason to reduce state revenue by reducing the tax that is paid by only a small number of heirs of large estates,” says Douglas Hall, Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Institute, “The state’s priority should be to help struggling working families.”
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Douglas Hall, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Estate Tax, Nicholas Mattiello, Rachel Flum | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 3, 2016
The Town Council of Burrillville has the absolute right to set the taxes for the proposed Invenergy plant at any level they wish “notwithstanding any other provisions of the general laws”. They could set the tax rate at $1 a year or a $100 million a year.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Brian Newberry, Cale P. Keable, David Place, DePasquale v. Cwiek, Invenergy, Michael McElroy, Michael Wood, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Paul Fogarty, Rhode Island Supreme Court | 2 Responses
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 | 5 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 18, 2016
In contrast to Hillary Clinton, says Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders isn’t coherent on the issue of Wall St. “How can you say something is too big if you don’t know what size it should be?” asks Frank.
“Hillary,” says Frank, “understands how it all works.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, LGBT, News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders, hillary clinton, seth magaziner, wall st | 3 Responses