Donnis in the Globe

My predecessor here at the Phoenix, Ian Donnis, has a strong op-ed in the Boston Globe today that attempts to get to the bottom of Rhody's fiscal woes:

There are myriad reasons: an undereducated work force, underperforming public schools, a revolving door in the top job at the state’s economic development agency. Local communities resist the regionalization that could make government more efficient. NIMBYism gets in the way of major public projects.

A lack of effective political leadership has also held Rhode Island back, far more so than the state’s periodic bouts with corruption. University of Rhode Island economics professor Leonard Lardaro coined the phrase “paro-pic’’ - a combination of “parochial’’ and “myopic’’ - to characterize state leaders’ lackluster economic-development efforts.

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