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Payin' for my sins

I don’t like the way you’re looking at me.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 17, 2009
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Is it Tim time?

Whereas a few months ago it seemed that no one could pose a serious threat to any re-election campaign mounted by Governor Deval Patrick, a recent string of missteps has suddenly made him very vulnerable.
As Deval Patrick flails, Tim Cahill is positioning himself to run. And that's a-okay with the Patrick team.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2009
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Public colleges get the shaft

When it came time to pick a college, Thomas Ahrens just couldn't pass up the relative affordability of a University of Rhode Island education.
Fewer teachers. Bigger classes. More applicants. Huge tuition hikes. the outlook for Rhode island higher ed is bleak .
By MEAGHAN WIMS  |  February 25, 2009
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What's wrong with Augusta?

Charlie Colgan couldn't predict a recession if its arrival was signaled by warning lights and sirens.
Whatever it is, it isn't new. Things were just as screwed up a decade ago — in the opposite direction
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009
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Hey guv: stop slashing!

It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
State budget cuts just make the recession worse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2008

Prisoners’ support services slashed

Governor John Baldacci announced on December 16 that he had taken significant steps toward warehousing prisoners instead of rehabilitating them.
 Baldacci’s Warehouse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 23, 2008


Survivor winnings could help the state

We can be certain that the state's bean-counters are looking forward to Crowley's 2008 tax return — and its accompanying check.
WINDFALL FOR MAINE
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 23, 2008

Chronichitis

Many of you are suffering from a brain condition called ignorance. Others are infected with a disease called stupidity of the head.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 2008

UMaine feels the economic pinch

The University of Maine system is being asked by the state to describe how it would cut $10.6 million from its budget — the equivalent of 5.3 percent of the state money it gets — on top of the $19.1 million in cuts imposed earlier this year.
Tuition pressure
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008

I've heard that story before

Each year, Governor John Baldacci announces his top priority in the next legislative session will be reducing the state income tax. (“Lack of political clout? What lack of political clout?”)
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 20, 2008

Mixed reviews: A state budget for desperate times

The budget consensus reached by Governor Carcieri and legislative leaders last week represents just another marker of Rhode Island’s ongoing dire straits.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 25, 2008


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Can’t anybody here play this game?

The need to reinvent Rhode Island’s economic infrastructure — which remains anemic compared with most of its neighbors in New England — is more urgent than ever.
Rhode Island remains trapped between economic distress and missed opportunities
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 21, 2008
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No side bets

Opponents of legalized gaming in Massachusetts are celebrating the death this past week of Governor Deval Patrick’s bill to license casinos, which was crushed by a seemingly decisive margin of more than two-to-one.
The governor’s gaming legislation crapped out, but are casinos still alive in a compromise? Plus, a school-budget crisis could start a political firestorm.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2008

Jump to it

Tax reform is the Evel Knievel of political issues. It gives us the most pleasure when it crashes and burns.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 2008

A “good” tax break in the making

Legislative leadership supports it, and so does Governor John Baldacci. Last year, the Taxation Committee gave it a unanimous “ought to pass” report. It looks golden.
Historic rehab
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008
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Tax break heaven

As the economy sours, state taxes are bringing in less than expected.
The rich get richer, the middle class picks up the tab, and the state goes broke. Here’s why.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008


The loud business drumbeat

The majority legislative Dems do not share Baldacci’s enthusiasm for these cuts, but they seem resigned to them.
Who really cares about the poor, the sick, the elderly, or the mentally ill? Keep searching.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 30, 2008

Back to black

It’s time to get state finances out of the red.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 23, 2008

Dressed up for the letdown

I needed to get this column spiffed up, so I headed for the metaphor closet.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 16, 2008
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Shameless

Members of the GOP must reject the shameless, dishonorable, dishonest former governor of Massachusetts, Willard Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney is a liar, and Republican voters deserve better.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 09, 2008
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The year of impending doom

This hardy old New England state should be able to cope with a little snow, right? Not so much...
A softening economy and the $450 million state deficit point to a painful 2008
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 19, 2007


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Hungry at the Holiday

Most of the food banks and soup kitchens across the United States emerged during the so-called Reagan recession of the early 1980s.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank battles a worsening hunger problem
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007
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Carcieri goes for his cuts

Carcieri seems to find motivation in things like a handwritten note sent by an elderly telephone company retiree, exhorting him to cut state spending.
The Governor on his cost-reduction plan, the casino threat, and more
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 24, 2007

Hustlenomics

All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007
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State house stalemate

Many Rhode Islanders take an almost visceral delight in those occasions when a state worker is shown to be goofing off on the public’s dime.
Carcieri takes another run at cutting state workers, but the outlook is murky
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 12, 2007

Go all the way

You see, I’m a virgin. From a long line of virgins.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 05, 2007


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Ménage-à-trashed?

In the hothouse of this past month’s same-sex-marriage battle, the State House’s top three leaders emerged as surprisingly cozy bedfellows.
Deval Patrick has been lounging in bed cozily with Therese Murray and Sal DiMasi but with budget questions looming, the party’s probably over
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 11, 2007
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How screwed are we?

At a time when most state budgets are flush with surpluses, Rhode Island’s fiscal house remains in disrepair.
Elected officials and pundits offer their take on rhode island’s budget predicament
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 28, 2007
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What can Iowa teach the MCC?

The state’s top public promoter of art and culture, the quasi-governmental Massachusetts Cultural Council, has a new executive director: Anita Walker.
Under new leadership, the arts and humanities comes into focus
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 02, 2007
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Rhode Island at a crossroads

Among the hundred young people at a recent State House rally was a 17-year-old high school student, who could find himself in one of two places — either in college or homeless — a year from now.
This year’s budget could signal a major shift in the state’s underlying principles
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  April 25, 2007