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Government By Levers, Loopholes, and Indirect Channels

Some sympathetic skepticism from Dan Yorke suggests that Justin has work to do persuading people to be concerned about developments in government in Rhode Island (and across the United States).


Hey, Tony (Defeat of the Dancing Cop)

With the realization that it’d be impossible to parody the Saga of the Dancing Cop, here’s a song to mark this moment of loss for quirky Rhode Island.


Pay Seventeen Tolls, and What Do You Get?

Tennessee Ernie Ford sold his soul to the company store, but Rhode Islanders are being asked to pay seventeen tolls in order to get a phony quasi-public half-a-billion in debt.


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Little Towns, Big (Government) Guns

The events in Ferguson, MO have drawn widespread public attention to the increasing militarization of local police departments. It’s a topic that has been discussed amongst civil–rights minded folks for the last decade or so and has both national and local impact.


12/03/13 – Sales Tax Commission

Justin liveblogs another commission hearing on eliminating the state sales tax, this time concerning the state’s economic modeling of the proposal and alternatives from the Center for Freedom & Prosperity.


10/29/13 – Sales Tax Commission

Justin liveblogs from another meeting of the legislative commission to study the elimination of the sales tax.


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Ocean State Job Lot? You Didn’t Build That.

RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor puts President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” philosophy into practice when asked whether Ocean State Job Lot is justified in complaining about the state’s unilateral change of the terms of its Rhode Island operation.


James Cournoyer: Tolls – Resist the Urge to Create a Big Bang Wrapped in the Worn Flag of “Economic Growth” and “Creating Jobs”

Dear Members of the General Assembly,

Please vote against Governor Raimondo’s and Speaker Mattiello’s Rhodeworks plan that calls for Tolls and more Debt.

RI may have the worse roads and bridges, but we are also saddled with one of the highest Debt burdens in the nation – both on a per capita basis and as a percentage of Gross State Product. We simply do not need more debt.

The Governor explained to us in October that the RIDOT, which has a stunning $450+ million budget this year, was “dysfunctional” and that they “never produced start-to-finish budgets and schedules”. That is precisely the reason our roads are in such disrepair. It is NOT due to a lack of funding; rather, it is due to a lack of planning and oversight, and gross mismanagement.

Tolls will simply add to RI’s already notorious national reputation of being “anti-business”.


Thoughts on Millennials and Pope Francis and Finding Our Chapter in History

If Millennials have a particular connection with Pope Francis, it may have to do with their shared understanding (very possibly erroneous) that human society has moved on to a new chapter.


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Ocean State Job Lot? You Didn’t Build That.

RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor puts President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” philosophy into practice when asked whether Ocean State Job Lot is justified in complaining about the state’s unilateral change of the terms of its Rhode Island operation.


Ackerman’s Full Communication

The full communication concerning her pro-toll vote that one of Representative Mia Ackerman’s constituents forwarded to The Current.


Progressive Housing Policy and Economic Inequality

Joel Kotkin points out some interesting factors worth considering on the subject of housing and inequality, but we might learn more from his apparent errors.


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