March 31, 2013

If Spiritual Battles Gave Off Sparks

The difficulty the modern mind has with believing in spiritual warfare may be that it doesn't have the special effects of a wizards' duel.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:54 PM
Anchor Rising

March 30, 2013

Note in Response to the Providence Journal

Justin responds to a Providence Journal article that he finds indistinguishable from what an official government communications team might have produced.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:46 AM
Ocean State Current

March 29, 2013

Rhode Island's Unique Way Out of the Bottom Three

RI employment numbers for February look positive at first glance, but a more substantive review suggests that even the silver lining is pretty dark.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:35 PM
Ocean State Current

What Dan Harrop Halted

Answering confusion about the import of RIGOP chairman candidate Dan Harrop's withdrawal from the race, a GOP insider explains the options that were on the table for his supporters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM
Ocean State Current

March 28, 2013

Dan Harrop Concedes in Race for RIGOP Chair

After a strange and contentious week, RIGOP chairman candidate Dan Harrop has withdrawn from the contested race, clearing the way for Mark Smiley to begin his tenure in that role.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:05 PM
Ocean State Current

Government Employee Overtime About Equal to a 38 Studios Every Year

The overtime bill for the state government of Rhode Island is up to around $90 million, with thousands of employees making tens of thousands or even more than a hundred thousand dollars in extra pay.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM
Ocean State Current

March 27, 2013

Laundering and Medicaid: State Operations Have Incentive to Be Inefficient

Laundry workers with the state Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare are able to take home six figures of pay in part because state and federal governments spread the cost to different tax bases.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:39 AM
Ocean State Current

March 26, 2013

Government Nurses Joining Quarter-Million-Dollar Club

Overtime numbers for nurses working for the state government show a long-term practice of reliance on overtime and raise questions about the way government bills taxpayers for the services that it provides.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:49 AM
Anchor Rising

March 21, 2013

The Three Ts Are Proving to Be About Ruling Class Insulation

The father of Governor Chafee's preferred "three Ts" strategy for economic development is beginning to see the limitations and damages of it. A strategy of freedom first would better serve the people of Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:02 AM
Ocean State Current

March 20, 2013

Rhode Island Changed Last-Place Unemployment Partners in January

Rhode Island's unemployment rate notched down again, in January, even though it was the first month of employment losses since September 2011. Meanwhile, the nation has overall been stagnant.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:07 AM
Ocean State Current

March 14, 2013

We Have to Insist on Rules

The argument that House leadership's lawyers are offering for "nullifying" an appropriate and legal vote of the House judiciary committee, concerning government ethics, is specious and indicative of a huge problem in Rhode Island's civic culture.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:09 AM
Ocean State Current

March 13, 2013

Kicking Off the Office Pool on the Size of the Block-Report Scandal

The waste, fraud, and abuse to which Governor Chafee may (or may not) put an estimate based on Ken Block's analysis will likely fall in the range of $106-185 million, putting 38 Studios at the low-end of this annual scandal.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:01 PM
Ocean State Current

March 11, 2013

A Revision in Time Saves 1600

Revisions of employment statistics nationwide (at the very least) raise questions about the wisdom of promoting the numbers from month to month.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:57 AM
Ocean State Current

March 1, 2013

The Mysteries of Employment Statistics

Everybody's touting Rhode Island's revised unemployment rate, but context and explanation turn that silver lining sour.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:39 PM
Ocean State Current