The Brain Drain

When even Ed Achorn whacks Governor Carcieri for not sounding a sufficient alarm about Rhode Island's problems, you get a sense of the difficult times facing the Ocean State. One piece of this puzzle is the state's brain drain, and I've got a story about it in today's Phoenix.

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline offers an implicit response, of sorts, to Achorn with an op-ed in today's ProJo, headlined, "RI must climb out of its budget rut." As Cicilline notes,

Our approach to budgeting sets off a kind of death sprial. When finances get tight, across-the-board cuts become the all-consuming concern and lay waste to our real, long-term priorities. We take money away from the state's important investments like education, transportation, and children's health, which are central to the future economic prosperity of the state . . .  

While the mayor's critique is on the mark, it's hard not to also see it as part of Cicilline's efforts to position himself for a possible gubernatorial run in 2010.

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