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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Many Ways to Ignore Core Problems

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

For their weekly conversation, John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss Governor Daniel McKee avoiding the underlying problems at Zambarano, the media ignoring the underlying violence of BLM rallies, Providence ignoring the underlying issues with public safety, and the implications of fundraising results from Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline.

WPRI chart of mental health calls in Providence

Prevention isn’t in RI (government)’s interest.

By Justin Katz | April 19, 2021 |

Along the defund-the-police line, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza recently released the results of a Walmart-family-funded study concluding that a “prevention-first approach” to public safety would “create a healthier, safer, and more just Providence,” but residents might wonder what “prevention-first” really means. Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré has lauded Eugene, Oregon’s CAHOOTS program, which stands for…

But What About the Category Five Hurricane That Is Providence’s Tax Burden?

By Monique Chartier | September 23, 2012 |

When Mayor Angel Taveras took office, he discovered, very much contrary to the assertions of outgoing Mayor David Cicilline, that Providence’s finances were a “category five hurricane“. Yesterday, in a Providence Journal article, Providence Finance Director Michael L. Pearis pulled down the hurricane flags. “We turned a pretty significant thing around,” said Pearis, who was…

The PEDP, GLP, DC and Erasmo

By Patrick Laverty | August 27, 2012 |

Has anyone else been paying attention to the job that Dan McGowan has been doing with his coverage on the Providence Economic Development Partnership (PEDP) for GoLocalProv? It seems just about every other day, he has some other important piece to the whole puzzle and further explaining the fund and how it has been used…

Budgeting and Spending

By Patrick Laverty | August 7, 2012 |

Stop me around the part that no longer makes any sense. Here are some values for you. This theoretical family nets $61,000 a year in income. That’s after taxes. However, they find that in spite of cutting everything they think they can cut and is unnecessary, and trying to bring in extra money through second…

Against Borrowing in Providence or Anywhere

By Justin Katz | July 28, 2012 |

In his Saturday column, Ted Nesi makes a point that I’d been thinking about as the week came to a close, related to a proposed $40 million infrastructure bond in Providence: Governments should borrow to fund long-term infrastructure projects that have a higher rate of return than the interest on the bonds, but [in Providence’s…

Providence Retirement Benefit Deal Under Consideration

By Carroll Andrew Morse | May 30, 2012 |

Lots of detail about a proposed settlement negotiated between Providence Mayor Angel Tavares and the heads of the city’s employees’ unions is available from WPRI-TV‘s (CBS 12) Ted Nesi and Tim White, including provisions like this one…Going forward, pensions will max out based on the same equation as the COLA freeze: either 150% of the…

Providence’s $5 Million Advance

By Patrick Laverty | May 5, 2012 |

According to a Ted Nesi article on yesterday, Providence will be receiving a $5 million advance from Johnson & Wales University (JWU) immediately. Back in February, JWU agreed to commit $6.4 million to the city over the next 10 years. What also makes this interesting is the city’s explanation on what they’ll do with…

Councilmen Against It After They Were For It

By Patrick Laverty | May 3, 2012 |

According to multiple reports today, two Providence Councilors, John Igliozzi and Terry Hassett now are seeking to amend the ordinance that the City Council just voted on a few days ago, to now lessen the cuts by $3-4 million. From the RINPR blog: “I am acting in what I believe to be a much fairer…

Providence Pension Ordinance in The Economist

By Carroll Andrew Morse | May 3, 2012 |

Further evidence we’re on the cutting edge of history here in Rhode Island — The municipal pension changes proposed by Mayor Angel Tavares have already made the Economist (that’s the famous British periodical, not some blogger with that handle)…Thus this week’s ordinance, in which the city suspended the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) by which pensions are…

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