Infrastructure

Stimulating Ignorance of the Problem

By Justin Katz | March 20, 2009 |

So Rhode Island — indeed, Tiverton — may be providing the first instance of the federal stimulus at work: It will surely be the first in Rhode Island and there’s a chance that a Main Road, Tiverton, rebuilding job could be the first federal stimulus job in the nation. “We’ve already had some inquiries from…

Desirable Transportation and the Road There

By Justin Katz | March 15, 2009 |

I’ll admit that I’m generally in agreement with benjones on transportation: In Rhode Island, we’ll never be able to retool our local enonomy to produce the vehicles people are driving today, but we could use our small size and largely non-existent manufacturing industry to our advantage. We can design a transportation supply chain from scratch…

A Hidden Tax in the Middle of the Road

By Justin Katz | February 5, 2009 |

Rhode Islanders are beginning to catch on, I think, to the game whereby the state government spends our tax dollars on labor costs, entitlements, and other non-essential or excessive line items and then returns to the taxpayers requesting the passage of bonds for infrastructural basics, like roads. As has come up on Anchor Rising, before,…

Rhode Island to Hard-Working Taxpayers: You’re Not Wanted

By Justin Katz | December 5, 2008 |

So I took a 14% reduction in my hourly pay rate this week. My other option was to quit and look for another job (without the benefit of a few months of unemployment insurance). Desperate times are here. Meanwhile, the Sakonnet Times did run Richard Joslin’s diatribe against the Tiverton taxpayers group with which I’m…

The Big Idea That Nobody’s Having

By Justin Katz | November 15, 2008 |

Hey, Rhode Islanders: That deferred tax increase known as “transportation bonds” (and claiming all those wonderful federal tax dollars) to which you just assented? Not enough: A special state panel yesterday discussed several ideas to raise money to fix the state’s roads and bridges, from tolls on Route 95 and the Sakonnet River bridge to…