Scott MacKay

Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As a former political reporter for The Providence Journal, MacKay has spent more than thirty years documenting the ins and outs of politics in Rhode Island and New England. MacKay is married to Dr. Staci Fisher, an infectious diseases specialist at Rhode Island Hospital.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScotMackRI

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On Politics
4:42 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Gov. Chafee's higher ed dept. fumble

It seems curious that Gov. Lincoln’s Chafee’s Administration waited until today to announce that it intends to ask the State Ethics Commission for a waiver from the revolving-door ethics law so that lawyer Eva Marie Mancuso can legally become interim commissioner of higher education.

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On Politics
2:06 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Some Good News on RI Job Growth

Some news for Rhode Island’s beleaguered economy: First quarter tax data shows that job growth in the Ocean State was better than estimated, with the state economy generating 1,700 more jobs that first indicted in the March, 2013 report from the state Dep0artment of Labor and Training.

The DLT says that the new data is based on employment information from the state’s 32,000 private sector employers. The new estimates suggest an over the year gain of 2,300 Rhode Island-based jobs.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Why Rhode Island's Poor CNBC Rating Doesn't Tell The Whole Story

CNBC consistently rates Rhode Island among the worst states for business in the country.
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Rhode Island’s business climate has once again been scored as one of the nation’s very worst. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why dwelling on these ratings don’t tell the whole story. 

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Joe Biden to launch Salve Regina program honoring Nuala Pell

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Salve Regina University on August 22 to honor Nuala Pell, widow of Sen. Claiborne Pell, and  to inaugurate a leadership program at the university to be named for Mrs. Pell.

Called the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service, the program will support leadership opportunities for Salve Regina students. The university and the Pell family have a long association; Salve Regina has a Pell center named for the late Sen. Pell and Mrs. Pell has been a college trustee.

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On Politics
1:06 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Why do we care what CNBC thinks about R.I.?

Rhode Island’s business climate has once again been scored as one of the nation’s very worst. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why these ratings don’t tell the whole story.

As if our state was a broken record, the CNBC cable channel has replayed an old song: Rhode Island is a terrible place to start or grow a business. This year, our state’s overall rating on the channel   best known for stock picker James Cramer’s bellowing is 49th out of 50. Last year, CBNC’s `Top States for Business’ list had us at 50th, the very bottom of the barrel.

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Political Roundtable
8:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Frank Caprio

Three years ago then- Rhode Island state treasurer Frank Caprio rocked the political world by telling the president of the United States to – quote – shove it.  Now, Caprio is on a mission to be re-elected to his old job and in an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic and Scott MacKay apologized for the comment.

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Political Roundtable
7:17 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Political Roundtable: Frank Caprio

Frank Caprio
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Frank Caprio, out of the limelight since his unsuccessful gubernatorial run in 2010, is our special guest this morning on Political Roundtable.   Caprio is a candidate for election to the job he abandoned three years ago, that of state general treasurer.

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On Politics
5:49 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

T.D.I. newborn, family sick leave law signed by Chafee

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation giving up to four weeks of Temporary Disability Benefits for those out of work to care for a newborn child or sick relative.

The measure, which was advocated by organized labor, covers both newborns and adopted children. The T.D. I. program  is financed by a 1.2 percent tax on the first $61,400 in income. The paid leave program takes effect on January 1, 2014.

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On Politics
5:17 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Chafee signs Bryant University tax-exempt legislation

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation that will require Bryant University and Smithfield town officials to negotiate reimbursement for the university’s use of town police, fire and rescue services.

The university and its president, former U.S. Rep. Ron Machtley, have argued strenuously against the legislation, saying Bryant already contributes to the town and generates $17 in local economic activity. But town officials and Smithfield lawmakers say it is isn’t fair for Bryant to charge town taxpayers for services used by the university and its students.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Reed's student loan interest limit fails again

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed has failed again in his attempt to hold down college student loan rates.

The Senate has once again failed to pass Democrat  Reed’s legislation that would keep federal student college loans from doubling in interest. Reed’s bill failed on a procedural motion by a vote of 51 to 49. Sixty votes were needed to end the Republican filibuster.

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