scott mackay

On Politics
12:39 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bryant, Smithfield should negotiate, not litigate

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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On Politics
12:44 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

RI Speaker Fox against override of Chafee `Chose Life' plate veto

House Speaker Gordon Fox says he does not favor a General Assembly override of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s veto of legislation that would create an anti-abortion `Choose Life’ Rhode Island license plate that would serve as a fund-raising vehicle for an evangelical Christian anti-abortion group.

Fox’s comments came during an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable panelists Scott MacKay, Flo Jonic and Maureen Moakley. Fox noted that he a long-time supporter of abortion rights who did not vote for the `Choose Life' plate when it was approved  in the House.

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On Politics
11:15 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Brett Smiley announces exploratory committee for 2014 Providence mayoral run

Brett Smiley, chairman of the Providence Water Supply Board and Democratic political consultant, said today that he is forming a Smiley for Mayor Committee to explore a run for Providence mayor in 2014 if Mayor Angel Taveras decides to run for governor, as many top Democrats expect.

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On Politics
10:49 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Why the baseball all-star game is the best

The baseball all-star game is the best of all the major American professional sports because the players actually play defense, unlike the NBA’s basketball all-star farce and the NFL’s pro bowl, a game that resembles nothing so much as Arena football. Even the NHL all-star fest features scant defense.

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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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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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On Politics
2:45 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

How R.I. and Virginia flipped on the defense sequester

The federal spending sequester has been little more than an inconvenience for most Americans, especially in states that do not have a plethora of defense spending.  As it turns out, the fortunes of Virginia and Rhode Island have been flipped due to changes in the economics of military-industrial complex spending.

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