RI pension overhaul http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-finally-smith-hill-and-ri-colleges-work-together <p>Is Rhode Island government finally waking up to leveraging state colleges as wellsprings of economic development? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay sees some hopeful signs on Smith Hill.</p><p></p><p></p><p>After years of malign neglect of Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities, the General Assembly finally appears to be turning a corner. Several elements in the state budget approved last week by the House Finance Committee show that Statehouse politicians are finally getting the message on the iron link between education and creating jobs in the Ocean State.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:37 +0000 Scott MacKay 34790 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Finally, Smith Hill And RI Colleges Work Together Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-when-will-debate-over-public-pensions-end <p>When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst&nbsp;Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.</p><p></p><p>You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:43:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31638 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End? The Endless R.I. Public Pension Debate http://ripr.org/post/endless-ri-public-pension-debate <p>When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.</p><p>As if the 2014 Rhode Island election campaigns won’t provide enough grist for everyone’s political mill, here comes the vote on the proposed public employee pension settlement crafted by their union leaders, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:12:09 +0000 Scott MacKay 31538 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI Public Pension Reality http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-new-ri-public-pension-reality <p>In the famous words of Yogi Berra, `it ain’t over till its over.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that’s the case with the latest twist in Rhode Island’s public employee pension settlement.</p><p></p><p></p><p>In many a long legal &nbsp;battle, a settlement reached out of court marks the end of a contentious lawsuit. The opposing parties shake hands and sometimes share an odd drop. Then they put the dispute behind them.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:56:29 +0000 Scott MacKay 29230 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI Public Pension Reality RI Pension Settlement more start than end of debate http://ripr.org/post/ri-pension-settlement-more-start-end-debate <p>In the famous words of Yogi Berra, `it ain’t over till its over.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that’s the case with the latest twist in Rhode Island’s public employee pension settlement.</p><p>In many a long legal &nbsp;battle, a settlement reached out of court marks the end of a contentious lawsuit. The opposing parties shake hands and sometimes share an odd drop. Then they put the dispute behind them.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:04:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 29201 at http://ripr.org The Politics of the RI Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/politics-ri-pension-settlement <p>In most protracted court battles, a settlement reached after tortuous year-long negotiations marks the end of a lawsuit and allows the parties to move forward. Often the lawyers celebrate and perhaps even share an odd drop together.</p><p>That wasn’t the case Friday. The &nbsp;proposed legal settlement between the state and the unions that represent public school teachers and state employees and retirees is just the beginning of a cumbersome ratification process that is sure to become ensnared in what is shaping up as a contentious political campaign season in Rhode Island.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:31:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 29162 at http://ripr.org Pension settlement and the General Assembly: Is it doomed this year? http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-and-general-assembly-it-doomed-year <p>What everyone in the Rhode Island political swirl should understand about the state pension overhaul settlement details that are due for release tomorrow: This is very likely to be only the beginning of a protracted process.</p><p>One thing we know for sure. Even if it is fair and reasonable, not everyone is going to like it. Some unionized state employees and teachers will not be satisfied with anything less than a full restoration of the pension benefits that were sliced dramatically in the 2011 special General Assembly pension session.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:21:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 28979 at http://ripr.org