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  • March 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Even with a woman running for president, equality in earnings remains elusive.

    Brown University, Rhode Island College, Johnson and Wales University hold negotiating seminars designed to battle the Earnings Gap and to mark Women's History Month and Equal Pay Day

    When J&W University Tuesday, March 18th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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  • March 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has a dour forecast (via Drudge):

    The current crisis rocking the markets and global economy could turn out to be the worst since World War II, former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said in remarks published Monday.

    "The current financial crisis in the US is likely to be judged in retrospect as the most wrenching since the end of the Second World War," Greenspan said in a Financial Times commentary

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  • March 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From URI's Leonard Lardaro:

    The Current Conditions Index for January 2008 tied its lowest value ever, 8. That means the Index has been in the contracting range for the sixth consecutive month. The last time the Index posted an expanding value was July at 58. There is one inescapable conclusion — Rhode Island fell into recession in 2007.

  • March 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    On a day when the ProJo reports on a local merchant asking would-be customers for proof of citizenship because they were speaking Spanish, Bill Gates, a slightly more influential capitalist, has shared his thoughts about US immigration policy with Congress (h/t Drudge):

    US high-tech companies are being forced to outsource more jobs overseas because of outdated restrictions on immigration, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates told Congress Wednesday.

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  • March 10, 2008
    By webteam

    The more economic development Rhode Island can realize through green initiatives, the better, so this seems like a good thing.

    STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Segal (D-Dist. 2, Providence, East Providence), Rep. Raymond J. Sullivan Jr. (D-Dist. 29, Coventry, West Greenwich), Sen. Paul E. Moura (D-Dist. 18, East Providence) and Sen.

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  • March 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Anchor Rising's Andrew has a detailed report on yesterday's state budget conversation at Brown, presenting the bulleted points of the participants. Here's an excerpt:

    Gary Sasse (Director of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue) classified the Rhode Island budget into 3 main silos...

    1. Personnel and government operations, $950 million.

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  • March 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Darrell West:

    The Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University is sponsoring a panel discussion about our state budget crisis. It will be held at Brown on 7 pm, Wednesday, March 5, 2008 in room 117, MacMillan Hall (located on Thayer Street between Waterman and George Streets). The event is free and open to the public.

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  • February 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Brown's Center for Environmental Studies is presenting a program tonight on Fair Trade coffee and the power of consumers:

    Thursday, February 28

    7:00 pm in MacMillan Hall 117

    Dean Cycon of Dean's Beans will present Justice in the Coffeelands: The Social, Economic & Environmental Impact of Fair/Unfair Trade in the Coffee Communities of Africa, Asia and Latin America

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  • February 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Although the governor's approval rating is hardly rosy, RI GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione is citing the results of the latest Brown poll as evidence of support for the Carcieri program:

    The poll found more than half of the respondents would seem to agree with the Governor’s policies on three important themes: reducing the number of state workers and reforming some of their pay and benefit provisions; reducing the amount of time welfare recipients can remain on the rolls; and third, holding the line on any new income or sales taxes.

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  • February 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Amid Rhode Island's continued economic woes, the industrial design sector is an asset that offers the potential for future growth.

    PR maven Andy Cutler sends along this related news:

    The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the nation’s leading industrial design organization today announced the launch of its Rhode Island chapter affiliate, IDSA Rhode Island.

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  • February 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The freshman senator wants you to know:

    Providence, R.I. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will talk with Rhode Islanders’ concerns about the economy and share news from Washington, including financial assistance for seniors and working families included in a new economic stimulus plan, at his first community dinner of 2008 this SUNDAY, February 10th, at St.

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  • February 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I agree with those who call the historic tax credit something well worth preserving. Meanwhile, legislative leaders are set to announce plans to bring "a major film production studio" to Rhode Island.

    From the State House:

    The news conference is scheduled today, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 2:15 p.m. in the House Lounge on the second floor of the State House.

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  • February 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Here's an advance look at part of my beer package in tomorrow's Phoenix:

    If sales of Narragansett Beer get off to a strong start in the first quarter of 2008, the brewing operation of the rejuvenated Rhode Island icon could return to the Ocean State in the final half of this year, says company president Mark Hellendrung.

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  • February 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of car-related things, I didn't like Governor Carcieri's plan to raise money by fining people who drive while using hand-held cell phones. Let's agree: if you see someone driving like a knucklehead, there's a good chance they'll have a cell phone in their ear. Yet not to be all high and mighty, but some of us can squawk and still drive safely.

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  • January 31, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    A sign of the times, via Romenesko:

    The Charlotte Observer said Wednesday it will cut 25 of 41 jobs in its ad design group as it sends the work abroad, joining other large companies using foreign outsourcing to trim costs.

    The newspaper has been testing outsourcing options for the work since last summer and chose Affinity Express, an Illinois company with facilities in the Philippines and India.

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