Public Service

Gary Alexander’s Long Commute and Rhode Island’s Big Compensation

By Justin Katz | December 14, 2012 |

Rhode Island resident and former human services chief Gary Alexander has been making news back home related to his current job as Secretary of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania. About two weeks ago, Alexander’s work came up on the Current and Anchor Rising regarding a chart suggesting that a single-mother in the PA public welfare system…

Joseph Garrahy, 1930-2012

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 25, 2012 |

Multiple media sources have reported that former Rhode Island Governor Joseph Garrahy passed away earlier this morning.

Bruce Sundlun, 1920-2011

By Carroll Andrew Morse | July 21, 2011 |

WPRO radio (630 AM) is reporting that former Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun died earlier this evening.

Bravo! The State Takes Ken Block Up On His Offer to Look for Waste and Fraud

By Monique Chartier | May 31, 2011 |

… in our Medicaid dollars. (Hey, Ken, will you be looking in any other areas?) By the way, apparently he’ll be doing it for free. This is very nice of him but personally, I’d have no problem with the state paying for such a service – a fee based on a percentage of dollars recovered…

Mark Zaccaria on Two Guys Named Jim

By Engaged Citizen | March 26, 2011 |

Last night I had the chance to attend two quite different public meetings. I began at the newly reemerging Warwick Mall where Rhode Island Second District Congressman James Langevin was holding a hastily arranged public event. Although it was billed as a ‘Town Hall Meeting’ the actual ground rules Rep. Langevin established for the affair…

Nothing Egregious About This Picket Line

By Carroll Andrew Morse | June 11, 2009 |

I guess I’m to the left of Bob Kerr on this one. I agreed with him in 2007 (and thought he wrote the best single item on the subject) when he wrote that the Providence Firefighter’s Local 799 threat to picket a statewide disaster drill, which could have shut down the drill, was wrong. I…

A Theory on How the Leadership Controls the RI Legislature

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 3, 2009 |

I have always been curious as to how the leadership of the Rhode Island General Assembly actually wields power over the lawmaking process. Yet you may remember, for example, that last year’s e-verify bill basically disappeared, because the leadership in the RI Senate wanted it to. Yet according to a direct reading of both House…

Obviously, Mr. President, You’re Doing Too Much

By Monique Chartier | March 8, 2009 |

The Telegraph has learned why Prime Minister Brown was given short shrift by the White House last week. According to the headline, President Obama was ‘too tired’ to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown The article goes on to elaborate. Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed”…

Taxing the Rich and Hurting the Poor

By Marc Comtois | March 5, 2009 |

Apparently we are all well aware that the rich can afford to pay more taxes–“their fair share.” But can the poor afford it? The administration’s recently released budget will limit tax deductions on gifts made to charities by those earning over $250,000 a year, raising (we are told) almost $180 billion over the next ten…

A Thought on Minimum Manning

By Justin Katz | February 16, 2009 |

I know and trust Lieutenant Michael Morse of the Providence Fire Department, and he certainly makes some persuasive points on minimum manning: From my seat I witness Providence’s manpower used beyond the breaking point daily. Day after day, we are forced to tap resources from surrounding communities to answer 911 calls. Crews from Cranston, East…