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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:35 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: More At URI Than Meets The Eye

University of Rhode Island's North Kingstown Campus
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Colleges, even state colleges, are too expensive and beyond the financial reach of some students. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst  Scott MacKay on why college is still a great investment, both for taxpayers and students.

Fast upon us 'tis season of Lilacs, caps and gowns and those desultory commencement speeches about life being a journey. For too many seniors these days, the sheepskin comes with an avalanche of student loan debt.

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On Politics
4:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Dips

Rhode Island's unemployment dipped in March, but it continues to have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country.
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has inched down to 8.7 percent in March, an improvement, but evidence that the state trails the region and most of the nation in economic activity.

The state Department of Labor and Training reports that new data shows the seasonally adjusted rate declined from 9 percent in February and is now at the lowest rate since September, 2008.

The number of Rhode Islanders who were working increased to 506,000 in March, a hike of 2,700 from February  statistics.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:59 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth

What's really to blame for the state of Rhode Island's economy?
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Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.

Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.  On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.

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Economy
10:37 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Unemployment Numbers Dip In Rhode Island

Unemployment persists in Rhode Island, though November numbers are trending down.
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in November but still remains among the highest in the country.

Rhode Island’s jobless rate fell by two tenths of one percent in November -- from 9.2 percent to 9 percent.  That’s two percent higher than the national rate and the highest in New England.  Close to 50-thousand Rhode Islanders are actively looking for work.  And to make matters worse, long-term unemployment benefits end December 28th because of congressional inaction.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts: The Economic Myths

It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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