Statistics: Economic and Political

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Click on over to my op-ed in today’s Providence Journal:

To be clear, these are massive and sometimes subtle trends, and a particular governor can only be saddled with so much blame or lauded with so much credit. Still, if Rhode Island had kept pace with other states — and with itself before Raimondo took the reins — around 10,000 more of us would be employed.

Anecdotally, that presentation of our economy more closely matches the experience of most Rhode Islanders than does the governor’s self-promotion. Promising four more years of “exactly [that] kind of progress” may therefore not be the pitch that the Raimondo camp believes it to be.

Perhaps that’s why 60 percent of Raimondo’s political donors were out of state in 2017. Opinions may differ as to whether that represents “progress” from her 40 percent out-of-state result in 2014.



  • guest

    Since you evidently view this as an important metric, do you ever plan on disclosing what percentage of your supports are from out of state?

    • Mike678

      You keep repeating this line, but never let us know why it matters.
      Please inform us why this is important? Ideas and concepts–good arguments matter–not who says them or who funds them. Perhaps this is just an excuse for you to dismiss an idea or concept you don’t like? Prefer not to believe?

    • Justin Katz

      For the record, I don’t know. It isn’t my information to divulge, anyway. But my understanding is that it’s a very small percentage.

      • BasicCaruso

        #Ka-ching

  • Guest

    “Rhode Island: The Lively Experiment”

    Gina could not have said it better as she follows in the foot steps of democratic, republican and independent politicians that were compelled to buy economic prosperity via backroom deals using taxpayer funds only to see the economies fade away when tax breaks dried up.Although Rhode Island is not the undisputed kingpin nationally in state-wide corruption it is by default the national winner due to high profile cases and it’s incessant need to keep living in the pass.

    Rhode Island is in a slow death spiral way pass the 50% tipping scale. Nothing the conservatives, far right, right center left far left or progressives do now is going to stop the death of the state. What’s left of the population and politicians have to make a total clean sweep of house and start anew which means getting rid of the big black hole called the general fund, replacing with dedicated accounts and getting rid of all gambling.

    Stronger ethnic laws with penalties and strict enforcement plus 100% transparency in goverment for accountably is the utmost must.

    When I left Rhode Island there were 37 school districts each with a high paid school superintendent, administrative staff and teachers. Now I read on the state department of education website there are 66 school districts in Rhode Island. The smallest state in the nation with 39 cities and towns, 1 state police unit and 66 school districts and you wonder why your taxes are high! You people are killing yourself with local control and nobody working together for the common good of all living in the state.

    • Rhett Hardwick

      I used to agree with you, until I became a fan of Howie Carr’s column in the Boston Herald.

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