Scott MacKay's Commentary http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: It's Time To Dump The Rhode Island Estate Tax http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-its-time-dump-rhode-island-estate-tax <p>Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time for Rhode Island to get out from under this cliché.</p><p></p><p>Once again, conservative groups and business leaders are lobbying for big changes to Rhode Island’s estate tax. Called the ``death tax’’ by opponents, this tax is levied upon Rhode Island estates of more than about $922,000.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:24:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 34424 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: It's Time To Dump The Rhode Island Estate Tax Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-perk-ri-its-summah-fer-gawd-sakes <p>Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island &nbsp;for granted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33945 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Perk Up R.I. It's Summah Fer Gawd Sakes Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-lawmakers-swept-38-studios-under-rug <p>What’s worse than the 38 Studios fiasco for Rhode Island ‘s political and economic reputation? RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay points to the aftermath.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s been nearly four years since&nbsp; then- Gov. Donald Carcieri, the state Economic Development Corporation and the General Assembly foisted the disaster that is 38 Studios on Rhode Island taxpayers.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:06:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 33226 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Lawmakers Swept 38 Studios Under The Rug Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-islands-democrats-vs-massachusetts <p>Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst &nbsp;Scott MacKay explains why.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island is once again ensnared in a noisy political campaign season. The stench of government corruption has led to new leadership on Smith Hill. Gordon Fox is out as speaker and Nick Mattiello is in. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by big margins. Yet the historic majority party can’t seem to speak with a coherent voice on our state’s struggling economy.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:58:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 32978 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-we-remember-patriots-day-2014 <p>It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.&nbsp; RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:35:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 31921 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-try-something-new-smith-hill <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 31283 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill? Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-fox-yet-another-ri-rascal-pol <p>Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:01:19 +0000 Scott MacKay 30844 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-time-clay-pell-step-away-car <p></p><p></p><p><em>What does "Dude where's my car?" have to do with Clay Pell's campaign for&nbsp;governor? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has&nbsp;some thoughts.</em></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:50:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 30568 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Clay Pell To Step Away From The Car Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-political-economic-reality-and-myth <p>Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.&nbsp; On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Scott MacKay 28460 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth Scott MacKay Commentary: In The Governor's Race, Can Taveras Raise The Money He Needs? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-governors-race-can-taveras-raise-money-he-needs <p>Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Jesse Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly, coined the term back in 1966. ``Money,’’ said Unruh. ``is the mother’s milk of politics.’’</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:02:46 +0000 Scott MacKay 26341 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: In The Governor's Race, Can Taveras Raise The Money He Needs?