Rhode Island’s older population is on the rise, and in 20 years a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. All this week, we’re looking at the state’s older residents in a series we’re calling “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.” RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay helps us kick off our series with a look at what this growing older population means for younger residents.
Most Rhode Islanders by now have adopted a my-eyes-glaze over attitude towards a dysfunctional federal government that careens from one self-inflicted crisis to another. The latest is the so-called sequester, the arbitrary cuts in federal spending that loom because Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t seem to act like grown-ups and figure out how to deal with taxing and spending.
The high cost of local government in Rhode Island has forever been an issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why – even in a recession- our little state can’t make progress on consolidating municipal services.
It seemed like a smart and easy way for both Warwick and East Greenwich to save taxpayer money. In 2011, at the depth of the recession, leaders of the two communities got together to see if they could merge fire dispatch services in a way that would incorporate new technologies and save money.
The Rhode Island General Assembly is back in session and in less than a month The House has already taken a historic vote to approve same-sex marriage. While it’s unclear what will happen to that controversial measure in the Senate, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there’s one hot button issue lawmakers ought to stay away from.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his annual State of the State Speech this week. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the governor’s words are crucial.
Lincoln Chafee has been governor for two years, but can any of his constituents honestly point to an accomplishment or speech that addresses our state’s crying need: a better economy that generates needed jobs.
Once again, the holidays in Rhode Island are greeted by pitched battles over the public symbols of Christmas. RIPR political analyst wonders why we all can’t embrace the true meaning of this season.
For a clue as to why little of consequence gets done at the State House, we bring you to the annual capitol kerfuffle over the lighting of the soaring evergreen tree that marks the arrival of the Christian Advent celebration.
So you’ve gorged on the Turkey, the stuffing, the yams, the squash and all cranberry relish your stomach can process. Maybe you had some wine and watched enough football to slouch into a deep snooze on the couch. Hopefully you had a great Thanksgiving and avoided family psycho-drama or severe bloating from all that good food.
So on Friday, you’ll want to do some good for your fellow Rhode Islanders who perhaps have less to be thankful for than you and yours. For a good deed, there is the 16th annual Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange.
One magazine that doesn’t seem to get a lot of love from Rhode Island’s journalism establishment is Rhode Island Monthly. Yet, sprinkled among the foodie features, glossy BMW ads and Sotheby’s promos for Newport millionaire mansions is some fine work.