State Government

During Hurricane Sandy, Rhode Island Vendors Should Watch Their Prices

By Justin Katz | October 29, 2012 |

With the declaration of emergency for Rhode Island, Hurricane Sandy becomes the first instance in which a new law, passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly and signed by the governor this spring, goes into effect.  H7409 (also S2606) outlaws price gouging during an emergency.  In the heat of the experience, the adrenaline of survival…

Things We Read Today (26), Wednesday

By Justin Katz | October 24, 2012 |

Mainly on government’s bad incentives: bad housing spending in Providence, unlearnable spending lessons for the governor, stimulus corruption, and Medicaid reform. Continue reading the Ocean State Current…

Things We Read Today (22), Tuesday

By Justin Katz | October 2, 2012 |

Economic development options, from all-government to government-dominated; the heartless-to-caring axis in politics; Southern New Englanders’ “independence”; solidarity between Romney and his garbage man; the media coup d’etat. Continue reading on the Ocean State Current…

A Decade of Moving Next Door

By Justin Katz | July 17, 2012 |

I’ve been following taxpayer migration data for years, but in a haphazard way. A new study that I’ve coauthored for the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity finally gave me the opportunity to review all fifteen years of available data from the IRS. The picture — from the 2003 beginning of what can only be…

Why Are We Transferring Ownership of Two (Two More?) State Bridges to a Quango?

By Monique Chartier | June 16, 2012 |

This Bristol-Warren Patch article is comprised mainly of a press release from the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority announcing that tolls (amount undetermined) will soon come to the Sakonnet River Bridge and that there would be no change in the amount of the tolls charged to cross the Newport bridge. But it also contained a…

Interesting Times in Rhode Island, May 30

By Carroll Andrew Morse | May 30, 2012 |

1. The formation of the budget commission requested by the Woonsocket City Council was announced last night by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. As is required by the state’s “municipal fiscal stabilization” statute, two of the members are the current Mayor (Leo Fontaine) and City Council President (John Ward). Sandy Phaneuf‘s Valley Breeze article on…

Really? RI State Gov’t Should Eliminate Internal Audits?

By Monique Chartier | March 7, 2012 |

I’m all for cutting government. But this? A page taken directly from the David Cicilline Handbook On Governing? The Rhode Island Society of CPAs (RISCPA) announced its strong opposition today to Governor Chafee’s proposal to abolish the Rhode Island Bureau of Audits. Under the Governor’s proposed FY2013 budget (House Bill 7323, Article 4), the Bureau,…

DMV Will No Longer Spit On You

By Patrick Laverty | December 1, 2011 |

One of the big changes to the new Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is they’re going to try to be a little nicer. According to the AP, Governor Chafee reported: Rhode Island’s governor says he wants residents to know they can now expect to be treated with courtesy and “dignity” when visiting their…

Who Just Said Sovereignty??? Terry G? Joe B? Oh, It Was the Governor!

By Monique Chartier | October 16, 2011 |

This is interesting. Sovereignty for certain segments of the state’s criminal justice system. A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s right to refuse to turn over accused murderer Jason Pleau for federal prosecution that could result in the death penalty. … Chafee issued a written statement late Thursday that said, “I am gratified…

Government: Where Popular Services Are a Problem

By Justin Katz | July 8, 2011 |

Here’s an excellent indication that something is askew in our way of government operation: Charles Odimgbe, chief executive officer of RIPTA, said he was aware of the problem [of insufficient beach-bound buses] but that his hands are tied. “We have a deficit of $4.6 million,” Odimgbe said. “I do understand there are way too many…