Pension Realities*

By Marc Comtois | May 12, 2011 |

R.I. taxpayers facing increased contribution to state pensions. For Men: …the moves would increase the projected amount that state and local taxpayers are required to pay for these public employee pensions from an overall $308.5 million this year and $358.7 million next year to $621.8 million in the budget year that begins July 1, 2012.…

A People Beaten Down

By Justin Katz | May 12, 2011 |

Marc and Matt discussed the hammer that keeps pounding Rhode Island on last night’s Matt Allen Show. Stream by clicking here, or download it.

Little State, Big Problem

By Justin Katz | May 12, 2011 |

Rhode Islanders are used to thinking in proportional terms. When state-to-state comparisons are made, we look for the percentages and ratios because absolute numbers typically mean little. Sure, Massachusetts’ government spending is many times Rhode Island’s, but the question is how much it amounts to per capita. So, at first glance, one may very well…

General Treasurer: No Pension Reform This Session. (But Is It Wise to Postpone It To an Election Year?)

By Monique Chartier | May 11, 2011 |

Turn to 10’s Bill Rappleye reported shortly after 6:00 this evening that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo will not submit a pension reform plan for consideration in the next six weeks; i.e., by the end of this General Assembly session. This contradicts a statement by Speaker Fox, by the way, who, give him credit for demonstrating…