Vermont en 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 Steve Brown retiring as publisher of Providence Phoenix <p>Stephen L. Brown, longtime associate publisher of the Providence Phoenix, is leaving the alternative newspaper after a career of nearly four decades as a leader in New England’s alternative newspaper landscape.</p><p>Brown, of Jamestown, turns 60 next month. Steve started in newspapering at the University of Vermont, where he began working on the student newspaper, `The Vermont Cynic’ as an undergraduate in the 1970s.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:38:35 +0000 Scott MacKay 29954 at Regional Rift Over Who Should Pay for Power Lines Across New England <p>Federal regulators are being asked to resolve a regional rift over who should pay for new power lines needed to carry renewable electricity to southern New England.</p><p></p><p>Vermont has joined New Hampshire and Rhode Island to oppose the cost-sharing formula being promoted by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. The question now before federal authorities is how much rate payers in Vermont should pay for a power line project that mainly benefits people in southern New England.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:02:32 +0000 John Dillon 26540 at RI Joins Pact To Lower Energy Costs In New England <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the rest of New England’s governors signing an accord to create a regional power plan.</p><p></p><p>New England’s six governors say if their states work together, they can share the cost of building natural gas pipelines and power transmission lines delivering Canadian hydro-power, and that will lower energy costs. &nbsp;Chafee warns it will take a long-term investment to bring down power bills.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:24:28 +0000 Catherine Welch 25888 at Should RI Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England? <p>Southern New England, in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut, needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates. But the supply to meet that demand is mostly in the north wind power from the mountains of Maine, or hydroelectricity from vast reservoirs in Quebec.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:22:00 +0000 John Dillon 24817 at Should RI Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England? To Stabilize Power Costs, Rhode Islanders Need to Look North <p>Our&nbsp; air conditioners have been working overtime in this steamy summer. Our wallets will be lighter when the electricity bills arrive. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says to stabilize power costs, Rhode Island needs to look north to Canada.</p><p>Flick the wall switch and the lights go on. Turn the knob; the stove heats up. Push a button; the air conditioner hums.</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:22:35 +0000 Scott MacKay 19167 at Rhode Island's New Day <p>Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.</p><p>The Ocean State is poised to become the 10<sup>th</sup> &nbsp;state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for our gay citizens.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:20:48 +0000 Scott MacKay 14242 at Rader Wallack leaving as Vt Health Chief to move back to RI <p>Anya Rader Wallack, who as chairwoman of the Green Mountain Health Care Board has led Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s ambitious state health care overhaul, is leaving the post and moving back to Rhode Island.</p><p>Rader Wallack, one of New England’s leading health policy gurus, is leaving Vermont because her family, which is based in Little Compton, does not want to move to the Green Mountain state, she said.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:56:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 12648 at