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- Aug 09 (38) - How your government's
economic policies have worked against you. What a fake nineteenth
century nun can teach us about the tea party protests.
- Jun 09 (37) - Statistics of
optimism, the real cost of your government. Judith Reilly on
renewable tax credits. Review of Akerlof and Shiller on behavioral
- Apr 09 (36) - Cap and trade, the
truth behind the card check controversy, review of Governor's tax
policy workgroup final report.
- Feb 09 (35) - The many varieties of
market failures, and what classic economics has to say about them,
review of Nixonland by Rick Perlstein.
- Dec 08 (34) - Can "Housing First"
end homelessness? The perils of TIF. Review of You Can't Be
President by John MacArthur.
- Oct 08 (33) - Wage stagnation,
financial innovation and deregulation: creating the financial
crisis, the political rhetoric of the Medicaid waiver.
- Jul 08 (32) - Where has the money
gone? Could suburban sprawl be part of our fiscal problem? Review
of Bad Money by Kevin Phillips, news trivia or trivial
- Apr 08 (31) - Understanding
homelessness in RI, by Eric Hirsch, market segmentation and the
housing market, the economics of irrationality.
- Feb 08 (30) - IRS migration data,
and what it says about RI, a close look at "entitlements", historic
credit taxonomy, an investment banking sub-primer.
- Dec 07 (29) - A look at the state's
underinsured, economic geography with IRS data.
- Oct 07 (28) - Choosing the most
expensive ways to fight crime, bait and switch tax cuts, review
of Against Prediction, about the perils of using statistics
to fight crime.
- Aug 07 (27) - Sub-prime mortgages
fall heaviest on some neighborhoods, biotech patents in decline, no photo
IDs for voting, review of Al Gore's Against Reason
- Jun 07 (26) - Education
funding, budget secrecy, book review of Boomsday and the Social
Security Trustees' Report
- May 07 (25) - Municipal finance: could citizen
mobility cause high property taxes?
What some Depression-era economists had to say on investment, and why
it's relevant today, again.
- Mar 07 (24) - The state budget
disaster and how we got here. Structural deficit, health care,
borrowing, unfunded liabilities, the works.
- Jan 07 (23) - The impact of real
estate speculation on housing prices, reshaping the electoral college.
Book review of Blocking the Courthouse Door on tort "reform."
- Dec 06 (22) - State deficit: What's
so responsible about this? DOT bonding madness, Quonset, again,
Massachusetts budget comparison.
- Oct 06 (21) - Book review: Out of
Iraq by Geo. McGovern and William Polk, New rules about supervisors
undercut unions, New Hampshire comparisons, and November referenda guide.
- Aug 06 (20) - Measuring teacher
quality, anti-planning referenda and the conspiracy to promote them,
affordable housing in the suburbs, union elections v. card checks.
- Jun 06 (19) - Education report, Do
tax cut really shrink government?, Casinos and constitutions, State historic tax
credit: who uses it.
- May 06 (18) - Distribution
analysis of property taxes by town, critique of RIEDC statistics,
how to reform health care, and how not to.
- Mar 06 (17) - Critique of commonly
used statistics: RI/MA rich people disparity, median income, etc.
Our economic dependence on high health care spending. Review of
Crashing the Gate
- Feb 06 (16) - Unnecessary
accounting changes mean disaster ahead for state and towns, reforming
property tax assessment, random state budget notes.
- Jan 06 (15) - Educational equity,
estimating the amount of real estate speculation in Rhode Island,
interview with Thom Deller, Providence's chief planner.
- Nov 05 (14) - The distribution of
affordable houses and people who need them, a look at RI's affordable
- Sep 05 (13) - A solution to pension
strife, review of J.K. Galbraith biography and why we should care.
- Jul 05 (12) - Kelo v. New London:
Eminent Domain, and what's between the lines in New London.
- Jun 05 (11) - Teacher salaries,
Veterinarian salaries and the
minimum wage. Book review: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
- Apr 05 (10) - Choosing a crisis: Tax fairness and school
funding, suggestions for reform. Book review: business location and
- Feb 05 (9) - State and teacher
pension costs kept artificially high. Miscellaneous tax suggestions for balancing the state budget.
- Dec 04 (8) - Welfare applications and the iconography of welfare
department logos. The reality of the Social Security trust fund.
- Oct 04 (7) - RIPTA and DOT, who's really in crisis?
- Aug 04 (6) - MTBE and well pollution, Mathematical problems with property taxes
- May 04 (5) - A look at food-safety issues: mad cows, genetic engineering, disappearing farmland.
- Mar 04 (4) - FY05 RI State Budget Critique.
- Feb 04 (3) - A close look at the Blue Cross of RI annual statement.
- Oct 03 (2) - Taxing matters, a historical overview of tax burdens in Rhode Island
- Oct 03 Appendix - Methodology notes and sources for October issue
- Apr 03 (1) - FY04 RI State Budget critique
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- Land-use planning and anti-takings referenda in the west, bad
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Fri, 25 Aug 2006
Takings -- As Predicted
In an article last year, RIPR described
the Supreme Court Kelo decision as just another battle in the war to
make property rights absolute. Now it seems that it has inspired
perfectly awful initiatives in ten states, mostly in the west. These
initiatives will make it difficult or impossible for the governments
in those states to engage in any kind of environmental
regulation. See here
This is why it's ok to bemoan the uses to which eminent domain was
put in New London, but making a rant about eminent domain itself plays
directly into the hands of libertarians who think all regulation is
09:09 - 25 Aug 2006 [/y6/au]
Fri, 11 Aug 2006
Clean Water Action endorses candidates
There's a US Senate endorsement in there, too.
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2006
Contact: Sheila Dormody, (401) 331-6972
Clean Water Action Endorses Charlie Fogarty for Governor and
Environmentalists for General Assembly and US Senate
Group cites need for state to take action to prevent global warming
Providence-Clean Water Action announced their endorsement of Charlie
Fogarty in the Rhode Island governor's race today.
"Rhode Island voters have a real choice in November," said Sheila
Dormody, Rhode Island director of Clean Water Action. "While Gov.
Carcieri has neglected to join the groundbreaking plan to cut global
warming pollution from power plants and lower energy costs for Rhode
Islanders, Charlie Fogarty has pledged to join the plan and lead Rhode
Island to a cleaner energy future."
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first regional
climate policy in the United States. RGGI will cap carbon dioxide
emissions from electric power plants. The program would be designed to
save consumers money and maximize energy efficiency. Seven northeast
governors (from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, and Vermont) signed a memorandum of understanding in December
2005 to move forward with the plan. Maryland has passed legislation that
will result in that state joining the program as well. Despite
participating in the two-year process to develop the agreement, Gov.
Carcieri did not bring Rhode Island into the initiative.
"In the next four years, Rhode Island will need to address major
environmental and economic issues ranging from investments in energy
efficiency, protecting our drinking water supply and open spaces, and
promoting public transportation," said Dormody. "Charlie Fogarty
understands that environmental protection is key to maintaining a
successful tourism industry, strong economy and high quality of life in
Rhode Island. Clean Water Action trusts Charlie Fogarty to protect our
right to clean air and water and a healthy environment."
General Assembly Environmental Endorsements Announced
Clean Water Action also announced their endorsements of pro-environment
candidates for the 2006 general assembly races.
"In the coming legislative session, we will need to strengthen laws to
prevent diesel pollution, promote renewable energy and energy
efficiency, and to stop toxic threats from electronic waste," said
Dormody. "We need to elect candidates who will pass strong environmental
protection laws. These environmentalists have earned Clean Water
State Representative Candidates
- 2 David Segal (D-East Providence, Providence)
- 11 Grace Diaz (D-Providence)
- 18 Art Handy (D-Cranston)
- 36 Donna Walsh (D-Westerly, Charlestown, S. Kingstown)
- 22 Peter Ginaitt (D-Warwick)
- 69 Raymond Gallison Jr. (D-Bristol, Portsmouth)
- 72 Amy Rice (D-Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth)
State Senate Candidates
- 3 Rhoda Perry (D-Providence)
- 5 Alexis Gorriaran (D-Providence) (primary endorsement only)
- 18 Paul Moura (D- East Providence)
- 28 Josh Miller (D-Cranston)
US Senate Endorsements Announced
In the U.S. Senate race, Clean Water Action announced their endorsements
for Sheldon Whitehouse in the Democratic Primary and Sen. Lincoln Chafee
in the Republican Primary.
"Each of the U.S. Senate primaries offers a clear choice for
environmental voters," said Dormody.
"Sheldon Whitehouse has long been a champion for the environment in
Rhode Island. As the Attorney General, Whitehouse worked closely with
the environmental community and initiated the landmark lawsuit against
the paint industry to hold them accountable for the lead paint that has
contaminated the majority of Rhode Island's housing stock," said Dormody
"Senator Chafee has stood up to the pressure from his party and defeated
the Bush administration's "Clear Skies" bill which would have increased
power plant pollution," said Dormody. "Clean Water Action members want a
U.S. Senator who will stand up to this administration's threats to our
basic environmental protection laws."
Membership Mobilization to Get Out the Vote
The grassroots environmental group will be contacting its 10,000 members
in communities across Rhode Island by going door-to-door, making phone
calls, and mailing letters to urge them to vote for environmental
Clean Water Action has been working since 1972 for clean, safe and
affordable drinking water, prevention of health threatening pollution,
and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action has
over 1,000,000 members nation-wide.
09:09 - 11 Aug 2006 [/y6/au]
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