Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

3 responses to “RI Progress Report: Tax Day, Central Falls, Callista Gingrich”

  1. PinkHatLib

    “There is one part of the local economy that is doing quite well: exports.”

    Woot! We’re the junkyard (and asthma) capital of New England! Cough, cough. Not to mention that this is very likely a product of the improving prices in the commodities markets and not reflective of any long term gain.

    Companies involved in the sale of scrap metals, such as salvage yards, “had a horrendous year last year,” Fogarty said. “I suspect they held onto the stuff they had until [the prices] bounced back.”

    Now that scrap-metal prices have recovered from the lows of late 2008 and 2009, the volume of exported scrap materials has climbed again.

    Waste and scrap aren’t exactly the type of materials that will give Rhode Island’s economy a big boost, export officials acknowledge.

    “They’re not like value-added, manufactured products that create more jobs and a lot more wealth,” [Ray Fogarty, director of the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University] noted. [my emphasis]
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    That’s a prescription for a 3rd World economy, not for how to compete in the new economy. Unfortunately lot’s of progressives bought in to the particular line of bs that was pitched by these industrial lobbyists.

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  2. irene

    Mr. Plain: I’m getting a little tired and irked with your insulting comments about Bob Flanders.  Whatever did he do to you for you to call him “obnoxious”?  I don’t need to defend him, as there are many who admire him for all the work he has done for this state (not just in Central Falls).  Name-calling is not the sign of a good reporter or writer. 

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