Nuances of Communication
Let’s play a new game.
It’s called: “Identify That Whine”
It’s simple. Read the following two statements. Determine which is a declaration of facts designed to educate and motivate and which is whining.
But the overall budget – taxes and spending – is set by the General Assembly. All of the increases in Marc’s chart are their doing. The fact that we are seventh highest taxed is their doing. The fact that Rhode Island has the most onerous corporate taxes and one of the worst overall business climates – thereby driving businesses which pay taxes and employ people out of the state – is their (the General Assembly’s) doing. The fact that public pensions went under funded while social spending was maxed out is solely their doing.
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The ProJo has editorialized in favor of maintaining the working waterfront, and I tend to agree. Thanks to public access, Boston does a far better job than Providence in making use of the waterfront along the Charles River and parts of Boston Harbor than we do with comparable areas. While some envision more economically productive uses for the Providence waterfront, it shouldn’t come at the cost of public access, and longstanding businesses could be an important part of this mix.
Perhaps Ian Donnis would like to go first.