Lincoln Almond http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-and-mass-casino-conundrum <p>It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.</p><p></p><p></p><p>There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:46:20 +0000 Scott MacKay 36596 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum Incumbent Mayor Fung, outsider Block play to Republican conservative base http://ripr.org/post/incumbent-mayor-fung-outsider-block-play-republican-conservative-base <p>Providence – It was Mr. Inside, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, against Mr. Outside, Barrington businessman Ken Block, &nbsp;as the two Republican candidates for governor clashed in the first televised debate of a campaign in which neither candidate has been shy about criticizing each other&nbsp; in the early going.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:42:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 35358 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-governor-campaign-democrats-republicans-republicans-democrats <p>Rhode Island’s modern political history is filled with bitter Democratic primaries for governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay&nbsp; says this campaign season it is the Republicans who are bashing each other.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island voters have not elected a Democratic governor since 1992, when Bruce Sundlun decisively beat Republican Betty Leonard. There are many factors contributing to this Democratic Statehouse futility.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:18:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 35086 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth http://ripr.org/post/chafee-and-ri-economy-not-bad-media-myth <p>It has become a Rhode Island cliché that Lincoln Chafee is a failed governor because he hasn’t done enough to create jobs in Rhode Island’s flagging economy.&nbsp; This notion has been driven relentlessly by talk radio shills and the editorial and news pages of the state’s legacy print media outlets, some of which are groping for relevance in a reshaped media environment.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:48:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 34615 at http://ripr.org Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth RI Historic Preservation Tax Credit Lottery is tomorrow http://ripr.org/post/ri-historic-preservation-tax-credit-lottery-tomorrow <p>The Rhode Island General Assembly and Gov. Lincoln Chafee approved legislation reinstating historic tax credits that are used as a spur to help finance restoration of historic buildings in the Ocean State. Tomorrow, the RI Division of Taxation will hold a lottery drawing for the reopened tax credit program.</p><p>The program has been generally closed since 2008, according to a statement from Neil Downing, the division’s chief revenue agent. But some projects were grandfathered in and have been proceeding. But about $34.5 million in credits available but unclaimed as of May 15, 2013.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:03:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 20657 at http://ripr.org RI Can Do Younger Citizens a Favor by Investing More in URI http://ripr.org/post/ri-can-do-younger-citizens-favor-investing-more-uri <p>The days are getting shorter, our cobalt coastline is cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.</p><p>Behind the teary parental goodbye hugs and lugging the laptops to the dorm looms an uneasiness in the realm of higher education these days. Students loaded down with mountains of debt graduate into an uncertain economy. ``Do you want fries with that diploma’’ is the gallows humor of our age.</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 20558 at http://ripr.org RI Can Do Younger Citizens a Favor by Investing More in URI URI: University in RI or University of RI? http://ripr.org/post/uri-university-ri-or-university-ri <p>Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay&nbsp; talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.</p><p>The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:04:30 +0000 Scott MacKay 20553 at http://ripr.org Valois Faces Approval of Full State Senate http://ripr.org/post/valois-faces-approval-full-state-senate <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation faces approval by the full state Senate committee Tuesday.&nbsp; The votes comes amid debate over the EDC’s future.</p><p></p><p>Chafee’s choice, Marcel Valois, was unanimously approved by a Senate committee last week. Valois led the EDC in the 1990s during Lincoln Almond’s tenure as governor. He says Rhode Island needs to do a better job of helping business when it can and getting out of the way when it can’t.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 12:16:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 15574 at http://ripr.org Valois Faces Approval of Full State Senate Valois Approved for Economic Development Corporation by Senate Committee http://ripr.org/post/valois-approved-economic-development-corporation-senate-committee <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation appears on a fast-track to approval, following his unanimous approval Tuesday by a state Senate committee.&nbsp; Marcel Valois is calling for more support for small innovators and entrepreneurs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Valois says Rhode Island’s business climate doesn’t have to remain the butt of bad ratings in national surveys. Invoking the state motto of “hope,” he says Rhode Island can prosper by bringing a sharper focus and new approach to economic development.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:48:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 15250 at http://ripr.org Valois Approved for Economic Development Corporation by Senate Committee Rocky Point nostalgia overflows at open space press event http://ripr.org/post/rocky-point-nostalgia-overflows-open-space-press-event <div class="entry clear"><p><img alt="" src="http://quahog.org/aht/f/120/pc_rocky_pt-001.jpg" height="128" width="200"></p><p>Fond memories of the late, great <a href="http://www.rockypointmovie.com/">Rocky Point Amusement Park </a>ran strong when a&nbsp;bevy of local, state and federal officials converged this morning to announce plans for preserving the park’s remaining 82 acres.</p><p>Senator Jack Reed noted&nbsp;how Rocky Point, which closed in 1995,&nbsp;remains iconic in Rhode Island:</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:56:36 +0000 Ian Donnis 8587 at http://ripr.org