Two more points from the lieutenant governor's press conference, yesterday, raise questions about the direction of health care and about what freedom requires.
The language of NFIB v. Sebelius ultimately requires the mandate tax to be a sort of property tax on one's body, with a corresponding tax credit applied to income for those who purchase health insurance.
Justin appears on Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable to discuss the Supreme Court's ObamaCare ruling.
A David Brooks column leads Justin to question new and old statements of common health care wisdom.
Lt. Gov. Liz Roberts's claims that ObamaCare will expand coverage for small-business employees does not address how the law will affect different small businesses.
Complete video from the Stephen Hopkins Center's panel on "Unwinding 38 Studios."
Justin writes live from the Stephen Hopkins Center's panel discussion on the 38 Studios deal and its aftermath.
The claim that recent health care legislation signed into law last week adjusts depending on the Supreme Court's pending decision on ObamaCare is a bit of an overstatement.
An attempt to consider whether Treasurer Gina Raimondo's investment assumptions are reasonable leads to deeper (frightening) considerations.
The weekly roundup of Ocean State Current articles.
With Education Commissioner Deborah Gist recommending that the charter expire for one of Rhode Island's charter school specifically on the grounds of its math scores, the question arises whether private-sector methods and non-union teachers might underperform their public-school peers. Comparing several charter high schools in RI shows that the lesson may be the opposite.
A Gallup poll finding American confidence in public schools at an all-time low also points to a disconnect between Americans' opinions of various institutions and the priorities of government.
Various national organizations have attempted to calculate unfunded liabilities for Rhode Island and other states across the nation. The differences are dramatic and indicate reason for concern.
A New York Times mention of Woonsocket's problems has the state buzzing; Justin suggests that everybody should look a little more deeply into the heart of Rhode Island's problems.
Reviewing the latest budget in terms of RI's rankings according to various criteria puts the state's choice of decline or turnaround in clear terms.
An unspoken assumption of advocates for payday loan reform leads Justin to question the ability and right of government to meddle.
This week's weekly-roundup of Ocean State Current content is up.
RI's employment slide stopped in May, but comparison with MA shows just how much ground it has to recover.
Under the radar, the state government of Rhode Island has gradually been reversing the workforce reduction achieved during Governor Carcieri's second term.
Although enrollment is down in almost every Rhode Island city and town, expenditures have continued to grow at several times the rate of inflation.
Still over-tired from the General Assembly's final night in session, Justin draws some lessons from the experience.
Justin writes live from the final day of the legislative session.
Kevin Mooney has appeared on Breitbart and Glenn Beck.
Justin tries to keep an eye out, live, during what may be the second-to-last night of the legislative session. EBEC, casino, budget, campaign finance, and felony dog leashing rules.
In Justin's view, the similarities between Netroots and Rhode Island extend to similar internal contradictions.
The weekly roundup of last week's Ocean State Current content.
Justin muses about the inappropriateness of honorifics in American politics... especially in Rhode Island.
NEA Executive Director Robert Walsh may disagree with findings of deteriorating opinions of teachers' unions, but technology and events of recent years suggest reevaluation may be in order.
Trends in GDP growth for Rhode Island and three other New England states suggest that its general policy approaches during the last decade might be worth reconsidering.
Justin whiles away the evening writing from the State House floor (campaign finance) and House Environment and Natural Resources Committee hearing (EBEC).
Projections of a sales-tax phase-out in Rhode Island show a stark decision for the people of the state, with a little government restraint yielding accelerated economic recovery.
This week's roundup of last week's Ocean State Current posts is up.
In a mildly whimsical video blog, Justin explains pension fund discount rates and the risk associated with shooting too high.
Teacher unionization may work in smaller, less-diverse systems, but that's proof that those systems are different, not that the United States should match them.