Just about every good government group in Rhode Island is pushing for an end to the so-called master lever option on state ballots. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this is not a panacea for what ails our state’s political culture.
It has become an article of faith in Rhode Island among the self-styled government reform groups, most statewide elected politicians and the chattering pundit classes that our state needs to get rid of that relic of urban machine politics, the master lever.
Rhode Island is one of 29 states that have reached an out of court settlement with the Toyota Corporation over the company’s practice of concealing safety defects related to unintended acceleration. The Ocean State will receive half a million dollars from the 29-million dollar settlement. And Toyota will be restricted from advertising the safety of vehicles without engineering data to back up their claims.
The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement recognizing the positive economic impact same sex marriage brings to a community.
While the statement stops short of endorsing marriage equality, it says that same sex marriage could have a substantial economic impact on Newport businesses, particularly the hospitality and wedding industries. The statement ends by saying that Rhode Island is at a competitive disadvantage with our New England neighbors who already have marriage equality.
Mixed Magic Theatre says it will open an art gallery at its Pawtucket theater. The first artist to show there is Morris Nathanson, an interior designer and artist. Mixed Magic co-founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley says the art gallery will complement the existing performing arts spaces.
“Well, it’s part of a long, kind of a long process at Mixed Magic Theatre to develop a full-service, if you will, a full-bodied performing art space and the art gallery is really the third leg of that development,” says Pitts-Wiley.
The art gallery at Mixed Magic Theatre opens on Sunday.
Most employers would not be able to ask job applicants about their criminal history under legislation being considered. The Portsmouth Town Council has banned the feeding of coyotes. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
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The town of Portsmouth has banned feeding wild animals as part of a plan to crack down on coyotes. The town council voted unanimously Monday night on a rule that bars residents from leaving food outside in any area where a coyote or other wild animal could get to it.
A University of Rhode Island economist is out with his monthly index of economic indicators. And it shows the state has economic momentum unmatched since 2003.
Professor Leonard Lardaro’s “Current Conditions Index” hit 92 in December, the highest mark in eight years. All but one of 12 economic indicators showed growth; the lone exception being government which is scaling back hiring as services are consolidated.