April 30, 2013

Life of Julius (and the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity)

A Competitive Enterprise Institute video showing unions' harmful effects on "The Life of Julius" cites a study by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity.

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

April 26, 2013

Appearance on Newsmakers to Talk Same-Sex Marriage

Video (and one-paragraph summary) of Justin's appearance on WPRI 12's Newsmakers show about same-sex marriage.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:29 PM
Ocean State Current

Back-Yard-Parking State Employee Got Overtime in Prior Years

As in recent articles from the Current, an investigative report from Tim White, of WPRI, shows another state employee whose funding comes from federal and other sources and whose work practices happen to be deserving of scrutiny.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:45 AM
Ocean State Current

April 25, 2013

Building the Playground Without Evidence of Children

The City of Central Falls, emerging from bankruptcy, is apparently being run by a crew of young adults with a compelling vision for the city that might not be plausible if public dollars weren't so easy to acquire.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:25 AM
Ocean State Current

April 23, 2013

A Not-So-Minor Change to the Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The language added to the RI Senate's same-sex marriage legislation, which passed out of committee today, is far from a "technical fix," and it may present unexpected challenges for advancing the bill the final few steps to being law.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:11 PM
Ocean State Current

The Business of Ending World Poverty

The World Bank's deadline for solving global "extreme poverty" echoes a charity proposed by Herman Melville's Devil, with a lesson that applies the world over.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:08 AM

April 22, 2013

Guest of Honor

A short story from December 2001 is once again (or still) relevant, in the wake of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:44 PM
Ocean State Current

Together Again for the First Time

Anchor Rising has joined the Ocean State Current for a joint venture combining their content at the same online location.

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

April 20, 2013

March Employment in Rhode Island: How Worlds Diverge

Rhode Island's unemployment rate keeps going down, but a look at employment suggests that the picture remains gloomy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:30 AM
Ocean State Current

April 18, 2013

Government Employees Get Paychecks, Not Handouts

A letter in today's Providence Journal suggests that I'm equating government employees with the people who receive direct government handouts. That's mistaken; they're different (if overlapping) groups.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:46 AM
Ocean State Current

April 17, 2013

Union Rules and "Unique System" Drive Up Overtime for State Government Community Living Aides

Community living aides in group homes operated by the state government have been able to more than triple their pay with overtime and other salary enhancements. State officials cite union rules as a significant driver.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:00 AM
Anchor Rising

April 16, 2013

And When I Ran

Reflections, in verse, on the night of the Boston Marathon explosions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:27 AM
Anchor Rising

April 15, 2013

Spring into Summer Conference at Portsmouth Institute

The Portsmouth Institute's annual spring-into-summer conference, this year, is on "Catholicism and the American Experience."

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 PM
Anchor Rising

April 13, 2013

Redistributive Property Taxes: Who's in the Providence Crosshairs?

The way property taxes work, in Rhode Island, revaluations are little more than a way of redistributing the tax burden, and in Providence, a shift from taxing buildings to taxing land has repercussions for a number of recent issues, from the Superman Building to legislation affecting the entire state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:55 PM
Ocean State Current

A Local Focus on Apathy and Fear

My essay on apathy and fear in Rhode Island is in today's Providence Journal, and I've expanded a bit on one of the anecdotes on Anchor Rising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:58 AM
Anchor Rising

April 8, 2013

Health Benefits Exchange: What They Mean by Self-Sustaining

Questions about how the state will pay for Rhode Island's health benefits exchange point to more basic (and more profound) problems with the entire business model of the project.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:19 AM
Ocean State Current

April 4, 2013

Another State Route to Riches: Institutional Attendants Earning Six Figures

Nursing assistants under a particular job title at government-run Eleanor Slater Hospital are taking home up to nearly $115,000 per year, with overtime and other enhanced pay.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:00 AM
Ocean State Current

April 3, 2013

Minimum Wage Workers and the Threat of Increases

Raising the minimum wage, as some state and federal legislators would like to do, will lead to hundreds, maybe thousands, of lost jobs, all based on the false premise that families are struggling to get by on these low incomes

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:50 PM
Ocean State Current

April 2, 2013

RIOpenGov Strives to Fill Transparency Void

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity has added state payroll to its RIOpenGov.org site. The public deserves access to government information so that it can demand explanations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:15 PM
Ocean State Current