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Tiverton Town Hall

Local governments love COVID-restriction freedom.

By Justin Katz | April 27, 2021 |

As the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs, state government has been slow to give up its enhanced powers (and may never give up their easy access to them, now that they’ve got a feel for them).  But COVID-restrictions have come with other benefits for government insiders — most especially the ability to keep the public at arm’s…

Tax Foundation infrastructure user fees map

The problem with user fees (for RI) is that direct and comprehensible spending thwarts grift.

By Justin Katz | April 26, 2021 |

How about a fun, wonky post?  The featured image that you see is a Tax Foundation map ranking states by the percentage of their infrastructure spending that is funded by user fees.  In the Tax Foundation’s views, higher user fees are preferable: Both the federal government and the states raise revenue for infrastructure spending through…

Map of states losing Congress seats due to Census

Nail-biting Census results every 10 years should spur action and change.

By Justin Katz | April 26, 2021 |

According to Rhode Island’s Secretary of State, Rhode Island’s campaign-like pursuit of people to fill out the U.S. Census paid off, and Rhode Island will remain doubly represented in the U.S. Congress for another decade.  If my large family’s being caught at home during COVID was decisive in this result, I apologize to the rest…

the Apex building

You can’t have fair negotiations when one party can’t walk away.

By Justin Katz | April 26, 2021 |

No matter how one feels about state and local government’s involvement with various schemes to find public-private partnerships to develop parts of Pawtucket, a recent lawsuit by one property owner, of the recently-more-famous Apex building, raises an important point.  Eli Sherman reports for WPRI: On Wednesday, the owners issued a blistering statement, painting themselves as…

Signs & security at BLM rally

We have to face the more-difficult questions of minority killings.

By Justin Katz | April 26, 2021 |

Nonviolence Institute Executive Director Cedric Huntley’s incredible honesty is refreshing, in an article by Amanda Milkovits for the Boston Globe: “In Rhode Island, it’s not the police killing our children. It’s Black and brown children killing each other,” said Cedric Huntley. “And the community is traumatized.” Just in the last week of what’s becoming a violent…

USPS truck

They’ll always have a reason watching us protects them.

By Justin Katz | April 23, 2021 |

Did anybody have “USPS as spy agency” on their list of revelations for 2021?  That’s what Tim Pearce reports for The Daily Wire: The United States Postal Service (USPS) is running a “covert operations program” monitoring Americans’ social media accounts for “inflammatory” posts. The program is carried out by the USPS enforcement arm, the United States…

"I Voted" sticker in a pile of leaves

The need for vote-fraud evidence is one-sided.

By Justin Katz | April 23, 2021 |

That thought occurred to me while reading Brian Trusdell’s summary of a Rasmussen poll for Newsmax: Preventing cheating in elections is more important than expanding ways to vote, according to a majority of likely voters, who by a large margin also believe voter identification laws are not discriminatory, according to a Rasmussen poll. Moreover, most Americans…

Racism Really Is Infiltrating Our Communities

By Justin Katz | April 23, 2021 |

While the default assumption around white supremacist recruitment drives in New England should be that they are hoaxes, a demeaning, racist obsession with race is being pushed throughout our institutions.

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Thanks for the shout-out, Professor Reynolds!

By Justin Katz | April 23, 2021 |

It’s hard to believe we’ve all been at this for about twenty years, now.  Many of us owe that unexpected blessing to the influence of Glenn Reynolds’s Instapundit.  Let’s hope the social media disruption of blogging is coming to an end, or at least reaching a renegotiated balance, bringing us back to our founding ideals…

A medical mask on the sidewalk

The plexiglass will soon come down.

By Justin Katz | April 23, 2021 |

It looks like June may bring a return to something like normalcy in Rhode Island.  As WJAR reports: Starting May 7, mask wearing guidance will change from required to recommended outdoors within 3 feet, but still required indoors. Capacity limits will be raised to 80% across the board the same day, but with 3-foot spacing…