I am the Rhode Island State Coordinator for the Progressive Democrats of America. My primary interest is Rhode Island's economy and what we can do to fix it.

10 responses to “RI – What Went Wrong: The Carcieri Effect”

  1. RoundHouseLeft

    Don who?  Those budgets had to be passed by two bodies of the legislature, if I am informed correctly. 

    I sure hope this doesn’t turn into a look into the past when the real problem (s) still sit in their seats. 

  2. DogDiesel

    The bottom line in Rhode Island is you can’t blame any governor entirely for the poor performance in this state. It just so happens ‘the Don’ is a Republican so it makes for a convenient talking point to obfuscate the real problem with this state…one party rule.

  3. jgardner

    Who knew the big Don had so much unchecked power?

  4. RoundHouseLeft

    “Key Democrat lawmakers in Rhode Island have concluded that to keep the state competitive, they need to overhaul the state’s tax system, including going from a progressive to a flat-rate income tax for high-income earners.
    House Speaker William Murphy (D-West Warwick) and fellow Democratic lawmakers announced in February they believe the state’s progressive income tax must be reformed. That reform is part of a package of nine tax initiatives Democrat leaders have offered. Rhode Island’s income tax rates range from 3.75 percent to 9.9 percent, one of the highest state income tax rates in the country.
    High-income earners would be given the option of paying taxes under the existing tax structure, with its multiple tax rates and income tax deductions and adjustments, or under a new flat-tax structure that eventually will go to a 5.5 percent tax rate without income adjustments available under the existing system.”

  5. DogDiesel

    Rhode Island Revelation
    That’s right, last week Ocean State Democratic leaders proposed an optional flat rate income tax of 5.5% as an alternative to the current “progressive” tax schedule, which imposes rates ranging from 3.75% to 9.9% for the highest earners. The flat tax is part of a more comprehensive reform plan that would also include a sales tax holiday weekend in August and a full week of relief on “energy efficient” items in March 2007 from the state’s 7% sales tax.

  6. leftyrite

    The mayor of central Falls gets two years for colluding with a buddy on the boarding up of abandoned property. The full projo treatment, your Eye in the Sky, the whole nine was dumped on that fellow for his major transgression–and, of course, it was a transgression.

    Carcieri walks way from 38 Studios on his own terms, questions about pesky bridge contracts never materialize, his four ethics violations were the stuff of dismissive jokes only, and poor, illiterate truckers were fined thousands for not being able to read bridge signs.

    Hello, Rhody Shuffle.

    Didn’t anyone ever tell you that it’s about power, not politics.

    If Carcieri had been a Dem, he would have been ridden out on a rail by the bigtime dj’s, by fellow Democrats,  and by the seven or so remaining Republicans.

    But he’s not, so he wasn’t. Time will pass; he’ll be big in some pursuit where bs and connections reign supreme. The corrupt markets love a blubbery stooge.

  7. Barry

    While the body of the post makes mainly just a statistical correlation between Carcieri’s reign and the poor RI economy, I think the headline blaming the latter on Carcieri is as misleading as right-wing posts blaming the bad economy solely on the Democratic dominance of the legislature, ignoring the string of 16 years of GOP Governors who appointed most of the people who run the state.

    Rather than blame, what would be more enlightening is analysis of the policies that led to RI falling behind the rest of the states which all had the same “free trade” rules to contend with, and most of them had a similar war against public employees.     

  8. simon846

    In an economy of which 70% is driven by consumer spending, what would anyone expect to be consequence of downsizing of state and local government employment (many jobs which could have been funded federally) and spending at the same time that private sector spending is dropping due to recession? Sasse is an economist? Really?

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