Self-Government

Things We Read Today, 8

By Justin Katz | September 11, 2012 |

Today: September 11, global change, evolution, economics, 17th amendment, gold standard, and a boughten electorate… all to a purpose.

Interesting Times in Rhode Island (and Wisconsin), June 6

By Carroll Andrew Morse | June 6, 2012 |

1. The major national story is that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won his recall election, 53%-46% despite substantial efforts to unseat him from organized labor groups who oppose the budget and collective bargaining reforms he has spearheaded. The real message here is that there are still many Americans who don’t like to be told that…

RISCing the Press Table

By Justin Katz | March 10, 2012 |

Andrew did an excellent job summarizing RISC’s Winter Meeting, this morning. I was trying to follow along with the comments from the other side of the room, where I was doing the same thing from near the press table. If you’re interested in even more post-live liveblogging of the event, I think I might be…

RISC Panel Discussion on Municipal Finance

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 10, 2012 |

[9:16] Good morning, from the Rhode Island Statewide Coalititon Winter Meeting, where a panel discussion on municipal finance in Rhode Island has been convened. Panel members are Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders, and the multi-titled Gary Sasse. [9:18] Central Falls Receiver Flanders is the moderator, and introducing…

Robert Flanders’ Answers to Questions on Receivership

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 10, 2012 |

Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders certainly cannot be faulted for not responding to inquiries in a timely fashion… Q1: You have been quoted on the Buddy Cianci radio show as saying that some sitting Rhode Island Mayors should approach the state government and ask to become the receivers for their cities. Is this indeed a…

Receivership as a Way for Mayors to Grab Total Control of City Government?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 10, 2012 |

Yesterday was the second consecutive day on which Buddy Cianci, during his WPRO (630AM) radio show, referenced an earlier interview with Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders, where Receiver Flanders had apparently suggested that Rhode Island Mayors could deal with their fiscal problems by approaching the state and having themselves appointed receivers of their own communities.…

Who’s Running Central Falls?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 12, 2012 |

I ask, because it’s really hard to tell from the way the issue of the overnight parking ban played out. In December, Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders “approved” an ordinance imposing a fine for overnight parking in Central Falls scheduled to take effect this month (though Senator Agostinho Silva’s press releases on the matter have…

Re: Taking Over Municipalities: The Governor’s New Toy

By Carroll Andrew Morse | December 22, 2011 |

Rhode Island’s Director of Revenue provided a simple explanation to Projo reporters John Hill and Bryan Rourke about why the state has suspended municipal democracy in East Providence: It was necessary to make a “statement to Wall Street” to help East Providence get loans…The appointment of a state budget commission with complete financial control of…

Receivership for Entire Countries?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 19, 2011 |

If you think that suspension of democracy justified on fiscal grounds will only be a small scale phenomenon occassionally affecting a municipality here and there, think again. From the Daily Telegraph (h/t Walter Russell Mead)…An intrusive European body with the power to take over the economies of struggling nations should be set up to tackle…

Defaulting on Democracy Yet Again

By Carroll Andrew Morse | October 19, 2011 |

It seems that no plan for fiscal reform in Rhode Island is considered complete until it eviscerates democracy in some way. The pension reform plan submitted to the General Assembly yesterday by Governor Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo is no exception. The offending section is 36-10.2-7 which creates procedures that both municipalities and…

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