George Nee en RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour <p>UPDATE: This was approved: Rhode Island’s low-skill minimum wage workers will very likely get a wage increase under legislation that the Rhode Island House is poised to approve before the end of the current legislative session.</p><p></p><p>The measure would jump the state’s floor wage for workers from the current $8 per hour to $9 on January 1, 2015. Such legislation has been approved by the state Senate and the House Labor Committee and has been posted for action by the full House tomorrow.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:05:13 +0000 Scott MacKay 35335 at RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour Where is the R.I. Minimum Wage debate? <p>While economists and media outlets from Providence to Seattle engage in hand-wringing over inequality, Rhode Island’s political leaders seem to have no solutions at all. Smith Hill is bogged down in ridiculous debates over the master lever and the never-ending tsunami that is 38 Studios. Yet, we don’t hear much of anything about raising the state’s minimum wage from the current $8 an hour rate.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:42:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 33702 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty <p>From the Vatican to the White House and the Rhode Island Statehouse, the talk these days is about poverty. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what our small state can do to alleviate this scourge.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gospels tell us that the poor shall always be with us. Pope Francis has dedicated the early months of his papacy to highlighting the need to help the poor and plane the rough edges from unfettered capitalism.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:54:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 27510 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty Some sobering thoughts for union members on Labor Day <p>Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.</p><p>Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 20930 at Rhode Island at the Bottom of List for Workplace Fatalities <p>Rhode Island comes up short on a lot of state ranking studies, but here’s one where we excel. According to the AFL-CIO, a Rhode Islander’s chances of dying on the job are lower than practically anywhere in the country.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 13:02:51 +0000 John Bender 15104 at Five nominated for EDC Board <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee has unveiled five nominees for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The EDC has remained beset by turnover in recent years.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 13:41:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 11600 at The myth of RI labor’s State House clout <p>The cliché that organized labor controls the General Assembly has become one of the biggest fallacies in Rhode Island politics. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains.</p><p>Conservative Republicans, some business and media leaders and more than a few Democrats these days say that Rhode Island’s economic troubles stem from organized labor’s political influence.&nbsp; If only that were true. As George Nee, president of the state AFL-CIO laments, “we’ve taken a lot of bruises lately.’’</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 12127 at