The Intangibles of Rhode Island

By Justin Katz | January 13, 2009 |

With taxpayers — especially business taxpayers — beginning to get uppity, one often hears the invocation of Rhode Island’s Political Knot. Nothing objectionable is anybody’s fault; it’s all a natural construct that can’t be changed… at least by the person to whom one would turn for relief. Take the “tangible tax.” I know of at…

Back into the Swing of Day to Day

By Justin Katz | January 12, 2009 |

With the new year and the new dynamic in the town council, I thought I’d best resume the habit of attending all meetings — exuding my apparently intimidating presence. At the moment, there’s one of those typical town-level debates about development issues. Somebody wants to develop and needs some sort of concession from the town…

Unsurprising Construction Delays

By Justin Katz | December 31, 2008 |

Working in construction, I really didn’t expect the new Tiverton elementary schools to be ready for student occupancy this coming Monday, and indeed, the school committee has held off the transition until February 23: A unanimous school committee voted Tuesday night to delay until Feb. 23 the move of an estimated 350 elementary students into…

Saved by Failure

By Justin Katz | December 31, 2008 |

The vicious insinuations that Tiverton Citizens for Change faced for turning in some campaign finance reports late gives me a whole new perspective on this sort of thing: The former Tiverton Town Council violated the state’s Open Meetings Act last summer, an assistant attorney general has ruled, but the matter is moot, because a proposed…

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