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Conventional wisdom states that when politicians make hard decisions, they’re punished at the polls. But Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island is proving to be the exception to the rule.
In 2011, Raimondo, general treasurer of Rhode Island, spearheaded the painful but necessary public pension reform that Rhode Island passed on November 17, 2011. (Many of those reforms were anticipated in an EducContinue Reading »
Edu-stat of the day. Since 1978, the price of college textbooks has increased 812 percent, more than three times the average increase for all goods and services. (h/t The Atlantic) (American Enterprise Institute)
Some help, please. Rhode Island’s public schools and colleges are without a board because of legislative delays. This means no unifying body to advocate for them during the statContinue Reading »
Rhode Island is a tiny state with just over one million people in one thousand square miles. California is 37 times more populous and many times that size. And yet, when it comes to public employee pension reform, the tiny state of Rhode Island is acting both bigger and bolder.
For years, Rhode Island lawmakers watched fearfully as the state’s required pension contributions, the second-fContinue Reading »
Last night, by overwhelming margins, the Rhode Island legislature passed what may be the nation’s most comprehensive state public employee pension reform ever (see our analysis for an education perspective on the bill). While pension battles have been front-page news in states such as Wisconsin, this reform didn’t emerge from an anti-union crusade. Instead, as Ted Nesi, the WPRI repContinue Reading »
It’s a common story, one that Bay Area residents know particularly well. You got a shiny new iPhone late last year that can download all sorts of cool apps. But, since AT&T is your wireless carrier, you can’t actually complete a phone call. Want to switch to Verizon? Oops, there’s a nasty termination fee that could cost you up to $325.
It’s called a lock-in. SContinue Reading »