By Bob Plain on November 20, 2017
Last year this event raised $50,000 for the Assumption Parish Food Ministry, a food pantry on the West End of Providence. Organized by Providence Rep. Scott Slater and Home Loan Bank, this year they hope to best that amount. “The Pantry has been serving neighbors in need since the late 1960s, when Sr. Angela Daniels and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
“I’m a single mother. For the last 16 months, doctors have been monitoring me for breast cancer. Twin River cuts our plan on January 1.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Lincoln, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, grace diaz, Jenna Karlin, Julie Procaccini, Mike Maini, Rhode Island State House, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Teamsters Local 251, Twin River Casino, Unite Here Local 26, Val Costa, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
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By Bob Plain on January 12, 2017
The agenda includes a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, earned paid sick days and a more progressive car tax.
Posted in Economics, Education, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Minimum Wage, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Arthur Handy, car tax, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, earned paid sick days, Edie Ajello, Evan Shanley, Fair Shot Agenda, fight for 15, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, Helder Cunha, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Joseph Almeida, Katherine Kazarian, Kathy Fogarty, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Morin, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, school building repairs, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, State House, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2017
Senator Joshua Miller and Rep Scott Slater will be introducing legislation to regulate and tax marijuana in the General Assembly this year. The legislation is similar to that approved by Massachusetts voter in November.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Marijuana, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged aaron regunberg, Cannibas Regulation Control and Taxation Act, Joshua Miller, Moira Walsh, Office of Cannabis Coordination, Regulate Rhode Island Coalition, Scott Slater | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“We are now in the era of Trump,” said Representative Keith Ellison in his video message, “That means it is go-time for all of us. Anybody who believes in a fair economy and social justice, anyone who believes politics should serve people, and that people should be in control of their own lives and their own destinies, you got to step up, and we really need your help.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2016
“I live on a fixed income. I live alone. I have to go to the doctor’s for COPD, hypertension, cancer… I cannot afford it. To pay fifty cents even, I would just lose my life…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged house finance, Logisticare, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Scott Slater | 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 March 28, 2016
Rep. Scott Slater and Sen. Joshua Miller will host Andrew Freedman, Director of the Governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination in Colorado, for a presentation and Q&A on Colorado’s implementation and oversight of the state’s marijuana laws on Tuesday, March 29 at 3pm in Room 101 of the State House.
Increasing Rhode Island’s minimum wage and expanding the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) boosts the economy, helps thousands of Ocean State families
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 10, 2016
Research shows that coupling an EITC increase with an increase in the minimum wage has a greater impact on reducing poverty than either does on its own. This finding contradicts those who point to one approach as superior to the other in helping low-wage workers make ends meet. Both, together, have maximum beneficial impact.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
“Our current policy of marijuana prohibition has created an underground marijuana market that is entirely out of our control,” said Representative Scott Slater. “Most of the problems associated with marijuana stem from its illegal status. Rather than continuing to ignore these problems, let’s adopt a sensible regulatory system that addresses them.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Economics, Events, Featured, Marijuana, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Control, jared moffat, josh miller, marijuana regulation, regulate ri, Scott Slater | 7 Responses
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.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 31, 2015
The rally was also just two miles from the Massachusetts border, where home care workers recently won a minimum wage of $15 to be phased in over the next few years. Rhode Island does not pay nearly as much.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged david bennett, Mary Duffy Messier, Medicaid, Medicare, NEARI, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI AFL-CIO, Scott Slater, SEIU 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, UFCW, UNAP, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2015
Representative Slater said that Colorado, the first state to make tax and regulate marijuana, “has one of the fastest going economies in the country.” Money spent on legal marijuana products is money denied to organized crime, says Slater, who asked, “Do we allow criminals to control the market? Or do we want the sales to be regulated and taxed?”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Marijuana, National News, State House | Tagged colorado, Dan Harrop, jared moffat, josh miller, marijuana, Regulate Rhode Island, Scott Slater, tax and regulate | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2015
“It makes me so angry that I am doing everything I can to provide for my family and do my job the best I can and Noboa doesn’t care about anything but making money for himself,” said Flor Salazar, former employee of Café Atlantic, “Some of us are single mothers and are barely getting by.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Video | Tagged buddy cianci, Cafe Atlantic, economic justice, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, olneyville, Phoebe Gardener, Scott Slater, social justice, wage theft | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 19, 2014
“There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850. That’s a statistic that you don’t really ever forget,” began Diego Arene-Morley, President of Brown University Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
By Bob Plain on March 1, 2012
Medical marijuana compassion centers may be able to open soon thanks to a compromise deal between legislators and Governor Chafee that would limit the amount of marijuana a compassion center could on its premises. “Basically the compromise sets out stricter guidelines for the compassion centers,” said Rep. Scott Slater, D- Providence, the sponsor of the […]
By Bruce Reilly on January 10, 2012
Next Thursday, on January 19th, at 6:30pm, members of the RIPTA board will be at Direct Actions for Rights & Equality (DARE), answering calls to reinstate two employees who were unjustly fired last month. The fundamental question is: are people with criminal histories are sentenced to a life of unemployment? Even the New York Times […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Opinion, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Andrew Cuomo, Angel Taveras, Ban the Box, Brian Newberry, Charles Odimgbe, DARE, Edie Ajello, Jim Crow, Martin Luther King, Mike Chippendale, RICARES, RIPTA, Scott Slater | Leave a response