Rhode Island Update: The Meltdown Continues
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  • Kenny

    They’re reaping what they’ve sown.

    Love it!

  • Mogden

    I agree with your description, except for the “good intentions”, of which there are none.

  • Professor Mead,

    If I may offer a correction, East Providence is not yet in receivership. There is a 3-stage process in Rhode Island law where the state takes various levels of control over a financially distressed community. East Providence has entered the 1st stage of this process, with the appointment of a “fiscal overseer” (great title in a modern democracy, eh?). Basically, the existing city government stays in place, but the overseer and the state’s Director of Revenue get a veto over the municipal budget, and the overseer is also required to sit in on all contract negotiations. Receivership is the third stage, where a receiver assumes all of the powers of the elected government. In between, there’s a “budget commission” stage, where a committee dominated by state appointees takes over formal budgeting authority in a municipality.


    BTW, for various reasons, one of which is the recent passage of the receivership law, I think Rhode Island is on the leading edge of a movement that is unintentionally dragging governance in America to practices more reminscent of Tudor England than of more modern democracies (I might be convinced that it’s only going to get as bad as the post-Interregnum Stuart period, though). Rhode Island is doing its part to undo the Glorious Revolution and the settlement that followed, specifically the principle that the only legitimate claims on the livelihoods of the people are appropriations of finite duration — no incomes for life from taxation of the commoners, for the king or anyone else — that have been voted by the freely chosen representatives of the people.

  • Jay

    Pretty much sums up RI AND national politics! This and last Sunday’s 60 Minutes piece about Congress legislating their exclusion from insider trading laws should ENRAGE every citizen of this country. Your best comeback is on election day! Are you going to continue with the “there they go again” response or change the line up next November with your vote!?

  • Pieter

    STOP MOVING SOUTH…..you Yankees built your MESS …..and your […] can fix it!!!

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