Providence is Rhode Island’s most diverse municipality. The capital city is home to just about every segment of Rhode Island’s rich ethnic, racial and socio-economic mix.
Thus Providence is a reliable prism through which to view the never-ending debate over the master lever. What the data show is that the some of the proponents of abolishing it have, as Ricky Riccardo used to say to Lucy on the old Lucille Balll Show, ``some 'splanin to do.’’
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.