Connecticut minimum wage en R.I. inequality: Get past the cliches and seek solutions <p>With all the attention given by R.I. media to economic inequality, one wonders why serious discussion of &nbsp;&nbsp;solutions has gone AWOL.</p><p>Just about everybody agrees that inequality has grown for the past three decades. With Rhode Island’s anemic recovery from the Great Recession, the problem is deeper in our small corner of southeastern New England.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 17:02:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 34138 at 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