Jamestown http://ripr.org en RI: Be Careful when cutting business regulations http://ripr.org/post/ri-be-careful-when-cutting-business-regulations <p>One of the biggest nostrums these days from conservatives and some elements of the business community is that our governments, at both the state and national levels, should cut down on regulation and oversight of business.</p><p>While it makes sense to streamline regulations that hamper small business, in particular, it is also instructive to parse our history for instances where lax regulation caused pain for our people and our economy.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:07:48 +0000 Scott MacKay 27962 at http://ripr.org Some economic truths Rhode Island won't want to hear http://ripr.org/post/some-economic-truths-rhode-island-wont-want-hear <p>Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism.</p><p>As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.</p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:59:35 +0000 Scott MacKay 22064 at http://ripr.org RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline http://ripr.org/post/ri-gun-control-task-force-unlikely-meet-january-deadline <p>A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:56:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 21912 at http://ripr.org RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline