The Current Week 05/29/12 – 06/01/12


05/29/12 – Joint House & Senate Finance CommitteesLiveblog
Justin writes live from a joint House & Senate Committee Hearing on casino legislation.

With Budget Commission, Woonsocket Deficit Problem Nearly DoublesInvestigative Report
Addressing city's pension shortfall, Woonsocket budget commission faces another $7 million annual deficit, addressing $46 million gap over five years.

05/31/12 – House Finance CommitteeLiveblog
Justin writes live from House Finance Committee; House budget.

Justin's Case

Woonsocket's Unique Pension Woes Prove Deeper ProblemsAnalysis
As public officials debate the appropriate next steps for Woonsocket, the city's local pension plan provides an example for caution.
The Real Disconnect in the "Skills Gap"Opinion
Continuing talk of the "skills gap" in RI's labor force (with the call for more resources) further defines the extent to which advocates are on the wrong path entirely.

Tax Credits Need TransparencyOpinion
Channel 10's Bill Rappleye interviews Justin about hidden profits from tax credit programs.

Gallogly: Discount Rates and the Oversight Spotlight
Dept. of Revenue Director Gallogly comments on pension issues and communities on the brink of state oversight.

Educating in America Is Not Like Educating Elsewhere Opinion
Teacher unionization may work in smaller, less-diverse systems, but that's proof that those systems are different, not that the United States should match them.
Video Blog: Counting up the Discount RatesVideo
In a mildly whimsical video, Justin explains pension fund discount rates and the risk associated with shooting too high.

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David S
David S
11 years ago

in the video blog – you do make a good giant. Where’s Jack?

Justin Katz
Justin Katz
11 years ago

I actually have an old firefighter toy (circa 1980), but my son appears to have misplaced it, so I couldn’t use him in the video.

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