The Time for Investment Has Passed; Now We Need to Produce
Can’t Republicans at least agree that the last thing the state needs is more government “investment”?
Governor Carcieri Friday morning said Rhode Island must invest more in higher education and mentoring programs if it wants to encourage young, educated people to stay here for the long haul.
“As you invest in higher education, you make a statement to young people about what you value and what’s important to the state,” Carcieri told the crowd at the Knowledge Retention Symposium, a gathering at Brown University focused on preventing what’s known as brain drain in the Ocean State.
Even within the brief article is evidence that the governor is misassessing the actual problem, with the following from Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley:
“I hear this all the time and it drives me crazy. They come to Rhode Island to these great institutions and they fall in love with Providence and the state of Rhode Island, but they don’t think this is a place they can stay. They think this is a launching pad to New York or Boston, or Chicago and Washington, and it’s critical to the future of our state that our students, when they come here, think ‘This is a place I can stay.’ “
The students are already coming; the problem is that they leave, and to the extent that further government investments (read: taxes and bonds), regulations, and mandates continue to hinder the Rhode Island’s private sector, the state will continue to circle the bowl and graduates will flee before they’re sucked in.