Imagine Rhode Island as place where all of our state’s families could achieve their hopes and dreams. Sadly, there are many obstacles in the way of making this a reality. Here is a big one– the sales tax is a tax on business.
Avoiding war (or entering it justly) requires actively working to bring about and maintain peace, and a willingness to acknowledge when a state of war already exists.
Watching Rhode Island decision-leaders continue to make decisions based on a mix of selfish interest and ideological delusion is frustratingly like watching Idiocracy
With the help of selective statistics and mainstream media spin-amplification, Governor Raimondo is convincing the country her slowdown is momentum.
Whether or not graduation rates have improved, the ability to lower standards without being caught makes them of diminished utility.
The status quo in Rhode Island needs a reality check with regard to the now epic UHIP computer systems disaster. With reports of Rhode Islanders being driven to extreme measures to make up for the loss of social safety net, the insiders must realize that once again they have headed down the wrong path. Big government is incompetent to run our lives.
Internet archives of past promotions for government borrowing and online access to historical budget data make it possible to see how agencies draw the public along toward their desired ends.
Legislation to scan license plates across the state is back again… and should be put aside again.
Property taxes are too high in Rhode Island, but all taxes are too high in Rhode Island, and at least taxpayers have a chance to control things at the local level.
The reasoning behind my use of the word “slut.”
When does “grassroots” cross into “astroturf,” and do anti-Trump rallies qualify?
Economic changes and government policy have been drawing millions of Americans toward a life of dependency on both government and drugs.
Despite the objections of politicians who want the support of progressives and the money of abortionists, H5343 is either unbelievably radical or all-too-believably incompetent in its drafting.
A thoughtful, well grounded op-ed by former state rep Doug Gablinske in Thursday’s Providence Journal, who makes the reality case that the electricity to be generated by the proposed Burrillville power plant is very much needed.
Thanks to efforts to restrict the development of a piece of land in Tiverton, a government casino and hotel became its best use.
As the Left loses its mind over Donald Trump, progressive organizations seem inclined to fall off the cliff into fascism, raising questions about their devotion to rights, principle, and peace.
The Ocean State needs to dare to disrupt the status quo and boldly evolve itself into a regional outlier so that we can become a magnet – on our own – for businesses, jobs, and families.
You may have been keeping half an eye on the proposed power plant that a firm called Invenergy would like to build in Burrillville. Friday, the Providence Journal reported that
Invenergy has failed to sell the second half of the power output of its proposed fossil fuel-burning power plant in Burrillville to the regional electric grid.
Opponents of the proposed plant understandably view this development as good news. However, it is not a fatal blow for the proposed power plant, as the article notes.
Further along, the article also notes that New England has had 4,200 megawatts of generating capacity taken off line (my observation: this happened in large part due to out-of-control EPA regulations by the Obama administration), and another 6,000 megawatts are at risk of going off line. Accordingly, many of us are concerned about the cost and continued adequate supply of electricity.
Environmentalists believe they have the answer.
But opponents of the plant say that renewable sources can fill in any need for new power in New England.
Yikes. Sorry, no, that is simply not the case.
Legislation explicitly designed to “penalize and reward” corporations relies on misconstrued research and ought to concern voters about the competence of their choices.
The Left’s astroturf was primed to snap into action no matter who won the elections, and Super Bowl advertisers’ strange politicization may be evidence that only someone as irrational as Trump could have freed the country from the Left’s grip.
The practice of interpreting the actual language of the law shouldn’t be so rare that people would instantly connect my Tiverton activities with a Supreme Court nominee for having made similar attempts to do so.
New national research shows that Rhode Island ranked just 48th on the 2016 Family Prosperity Index (FPI). In December 2016, our Center in conjunction with our national partner, the American Conservative Union, issued a 52-page RI Family Prosperity report that highlighted contributing factors to our state’s poor rankings across 57 indexes. Among other discussions, the report suggests that Rhode Island has room to modernize and improve its criminal justice system. Reforms put forth as part of the state’s JRI, and by other organizations can help provide more opportunity for upward mobility and prosperity for Ocean State families.
Getting rid of the ridiculous insurance-for-everything approach to health care (without falling into a single-payer government program, which is worse) would empower us all while lowering prices and improving care.
Although an article in The Atlantic presents research in keeping with the politically correct narrative, taking the conclusion to the predictable end may harm both girls and boys.
Everyone concerned about the well-being of our state’s families should be alarmed by our unacceptable 48th-place ranking on the Family Prosperity Index (FPI). The FPI demonstrates quantitatively the undeniable link between economic and social policy in determining family prosperity. Whether it is criminal justice reform, taxation, or education, if we are to improve our state’s dismal 48th place ranking in overall family prosperity, we must make helping families the focus of our public policy and private advocacy. Lawmakers can become heroes if they can construct policies that actually address the real needs of real families.
Climate alarmism seems to raise more questions than it answers, and here’s one: If we should charge traditional energy companies for global harm, what other industries (e.g., Hollywood) do demonstrable harm and ought to be taxed accordingly?
As our view of torture becomes a matter of public debate again under President Trump, public debate must consider what counts as torture and what makes it wrong.
While Joseph Paolino’s desire to do good is admirable, his St. Joseph’s project has given us a valuable preview of the vision that drives progressive government.
Reacting to Gallison’s guilty plea by cracking down on campaign finance and ethics filings is, at best, nice-sounding busy work and, at worse, part of the problem.
Even when they identify the correct problem, progressive health care officials propose the wrong solutions, because they prioritize central management over individual freedom and rights.