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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:15 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Strange bedfellows: Solomon and Taveras

PROVIDENCE, RI – The clich is that politics makes strange bedfellows. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay brings us the odd couple that is working together to fix the Providence financial mess.

Shortly after Angel Taveras was elected Providence mayor, City Council President Mike Solomon brought Taveras some bad news; the city's finances were in shambles, worse than they had been depicted by former Mayor David Cicilline.

At first Taveras was skeptical; things couldn't be that dire, he thought.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:35 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Voted ID law hurts the "cradle of democracy"

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's General Assembly has enacted legislation requiring all voters to get photo identification. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why our recession-racked state is spending taxpayer dollars on this one.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:13 am
Mon July 4, 2011

A civil step to marriage equality

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Independence Day, Rhode Islanders can celebrate our state's embrace of a first step towards full marriage equality for our gay citizens.

After a tortuous debate, the Rhode Island General Assembly has finally approved legislation that grants our gay citizens the right to civil unions.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:23 am
Mon June 27, 2011

RI should approve Miller bill on pot decriminalization

PROVIDENCE, RI – It's been 40 years since President Richard Nixon declared a national war on drugs. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if the marijuana skirmish in this battle is still worth fighting in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is once again out of synch with our New England neighbors on an important social policy: the way our criminal laws treat users of small amounts of marijuana.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:34 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Can RI pols fix the pension problem?

RI Pensions: \"Failure is not an option. This problem has festered for too long and the day of reckoning is long past.\"

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's looming pension insolvency threatens the state's future. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says the pension issue begs an even bigger question: Can state government solve the really big problems?

It has been 20 years since Rhode Island's political elite faced a situation as daunting as the current need to rework the public employee state pension systems.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:15 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Reinstate the historic preservation tax credit

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of Rhode Island's greatest assets is the respect we have for our storied past. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says the General Assembly can nurture our state's historic architecture and generate jobs.

The talk at the State House these days is gloomy. State government is broke, public pension liabilities threaten our economic future and unemployment is still hovers in double digits.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:49 am
Mon May 23, 2011

The biggest little state of profusion

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union, a watery sliver of southeastern New England hardly big enough to qualify as a county in most of America.

But when it comes to government and quasi-government agencies our state is the biggest little state of profusion.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:51 am
Mon May 16, 2011

How to save a million taxpayer dollars

PROVIDENCE, RI – In this time of recession and state and municipal budget red ink, one would think the politicians would be looking at every dollar of spending. WRNI's Scott MacKay suggests a painless way to save taxpayers a $1 million a year.

House Speaker Gordon Fox said it best three weeks ago when he opposed Governor Chafee's plan for extending sales taxes to some items that are now tax-free.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:15 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

One Square Mile: Woonsocket Heritage

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the latest commentary from Scott MacKay. This week, he looks at the French-Canadian heritage of Woonsocket.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
9:33 am
Sun April 17, 2011

How many pensions does Rhode Island have?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is a tiny speck of a state, not big enough to be a county in most of America. We have 39 cities and towns. And about 150 public employee pension systems. Yes you heard that right. We say about, because state general treasurer Gina Raimondo, says there are so many of these pension systems in our state that she isn't sure of the precise number.

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