George Nee http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-island-politics-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 http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty Some sobering thoughts for union members on Labor Day http://ripr.org/post/some-sobering-thoughts-union-members-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 http://ripr.org Rhode Island at the Bottom of List for Workplace Fatalities http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-bottom-list-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 http://ripr.org Five nominated for EDC Board http://ripr.org/post/five-nominated-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 http://ripr.org The myth of RI labor’s State House clout http://ripr.org/post/myth-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 http://ripr.org