The Deterioration of New England Local Government (and of the United States)

By Justin Katz | December 4, 2012 |

Paul Rahe’s written an excellent essay explaining why libertarians ought to be social conservatives (via Instapundit), which is a point on which I’m writing for future publication. For the moment, though, this paragraph is more immediately relevant: In America, [Tocqueville] found institutions, mores, and manners antithetical to what he took to be democracy’s natural drift.…

Unionize? Hellooo, You’re Management

By Monique Chartier | November 25, 2012 |

Here’s something I never thought I’d say: good decision, RI State Labor Board. The Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board recently dismissed a petition to unionize by Tiverton’s municipal department heads. The board decided the matter on Nov. 7, saying the superintendent of wastewater collections, the town planner, tax assessor, zoning officer, senior center director,…

A Familiar School Committee Time Line

By Justin Katz | November 3, 2012 |

“I had the sense that everybody around the table knew that we were part of the same team.” That’s how Tiverton School Committee member Carol Herrmann described negotiations with the teachers’ union this summer. On August 14, the committee passed the contract extension. It isn’t surprising that the negotiations would be “cordial,” as Herrmann put…

TCC Announces 2012 Candidate Endorsements

By Monique Chartier | September 22, 2012 |

The following arrived via e-mail earlier this afternoon. Yes, one of TCC’s endorsed candidates for school committee is THE Justin Katz, Anchor Rising contributor extraordinaire and Managing Editor of the Ocean State Current. Check out Tiverton Citizens for Change’s website here. Tiverton Citizens for Change are pleased to announce our candidate endorsements for the 2012…

Devious Democracy

By Justin Katz | December 31, 2011 |

This time of year, you can tell quite a bit about a writer or publication by the items it highlights from the past year and wishes it expresses for the coming one. This gem of a wish, from the Sakonnet Times, is an excellent example: That Tiverton’s new Financial Town Referendum really does bring peace…

Lambert’s Council Brings Disappointing Chill in Negotiation Season

By Justin Katz | November 21, 2011 |

Meanwhile, in Tiverton, a Town Council that looked likely to stand firm in union negotiations is not performing as expected.

Woo-hoo (with an asterisk)

By Justin Katz | November 8, 2011 |

Matt Sanderson of the Tiverton Patch is reporting that both the library bond and the financial town referendum (FTR) questions passed. So, there’s a big woo-hoo for the FTR. Of course, that’s tempered by the fact that voters just agreed to borrow several million more dollars in order to build a new library — on…

A Referendum to Thwart Dishonest Politics

By Justin Katz | November 8, 2011 |

So, today Tiverton voters will have the opportunity finally to do away with the financial town meeting (FTM) that has allowed a relatively small group of very motivated people to double taxes in the past ten years and ensure that they would continue to climb even during the worst economy that most of us have…

Wouldn’t an All Day Financial Town Referendum Be More Democratic Than A Financial Town Meeting?

By Monique Chartier | October 22, 2011 |

Currently, the Town of Tiverton determines its annual budget via the Financial Town Meeting. On November 8, Tiverton voters will have the opportunity to consider switching from a Financial Town Meeting to a Financial Town Referendum. [Text of the referendum question here.] Which process is more democratic? Set aside the facility offered by the FTMeeting…

The Government’s Monopoly on Garbage

By Justin Katz | August 3, 2011 |

This fiscal year, residents of Tiverton are paying $580,000 through their tax bills for trash collection. The town dump is approaching capacity, however, and due to decades of poor fiscal management, the local government lacks the funds to pay for its closure and for the initiation of an alternative method of disposal. So, the powers…

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