Progressives and unions want to make a high tax burden "more fair" by making it even higher. Justin thinks the better answer would be eliminating the "least fair" tax, the sales tax.
Legislation to prevent the use of standardized testing for high school diplomas and legislation to prevent electrical maintenance workers from plying their trade freely give a sense of RI's governance problems.
Marriage creates an institution that guides people to responsible behavior when it's possible that they'll create children. A failure to recognize that will most harm those least able to take on any more obstacles.
Justin liveblogs from the Senate's "Moving the Needle" Summit.
Woonsocket's budget mess has two lessons for RI: 1) read the Current and 2) pensions are a bigger problem than we're being told.
Congressman Cicilline's hiring of a laid-off Providence Journal employee raises questions about the media's role in civics.
Procrastination meets political theory in a proposed chart of the political spectrum.
Rhode Island's unemployment rate drops, although it is now tied for last, and employment growth, while happening, isn't enough to return the state to health very quickly.
Justin writes live from a five-hour, four-panel economic conference put on by the RI House of Representatives.
Libertarians and moderates should beware that the relatively rapid move to change the definition of marriage could provide a template for issues on which they agree with social conservatives.
Legislation just submitted would not only compound irresponsible taxation and spending, but the fine print would create a new source of revenue for the government's pet projects.
Legislation described as making a minor technical change to its name would actually put Bryant University on a path to paying full property taxes in Smithfield.
Government control of Americans' lives brings to mind Daffy Duck's quest for found wealth.
Perspective from on high; the empathetic view from my soap box; cover-up as economic development; what happens when that which can't go on forever doesn't.
National employment numbers mostly show stagnation with an unusual jump before the election. Now revisions and changes in methodology will make it impossible to keep up the running analysis.
Feeling hopeful, RI?; "top priority" is shown, not stated; RI gets fatherless children first; surviving sans regulation; surviving sans net income; and surviving sans a documented framework for working together.