November 13, 2012

Heads Up, EDC General Assembly: Providence Has Gotten A Non-Surprising Economic Ranking

Monique Chartier

Rhode Island's real Economic Development Corporation, a.k.a., the Rhode Island General Assembly, goes back into session in less than two months. Recently, newly Elected Speaker Gordon Fox pointed to one of his top priorities for the session.

So let's frame this latest ranking, brought to our attention by GoLocalProv,

Providence ranks 94th among all U.S. cities in a new index tracking the economic strength of the nation's largest metro areas. What is worse? Only 102 cities were ranked.

so that it corresponds to this priority: Mr. Speaker, during the upcoming legislative session, can we please work on making Providence - and the entire state - a more economically friendly place for gays to live? We all - gays and straights - would definitely appreciate it.

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This RI economy must be exactly what RI'ers want. If they wanted something different, they certainly didn't vote for it last week. If the results of this election aren't a message to those with half a brain to get out of dodge, I'm not sure what is.

Posted by: jgardner at November 13, 2012 9:50 AM

If the results of this election aren't a message to those with half a brain to get out of dodge, I'm not sure what is.
Posted by jgardner at November 13, 2012 9:50 AM

That is precisely how people with only half a brain do indeed act.

Posted by: Phil at November 13, 2012 10:01 AM

Don't worry, RIFuture contributor and self-proclaimed "policy wonk" John Speck has it all figured out in a post up on that blog:
- Create a state bank (because Rhode Island has a history of running such projects beautifully)
- Double down on EDC loans (after publicly supporting the 38 Studios loan, Speck now asserts it was a bad idea for some convoluted reason)
- Alternative energy feed-in tariff
- "Mandatory composting for commercial groups"

So you see, the RIFuture progressives have all the solutions for the state's severe and chronic economic problems. Since virtually all of their endorsed candidates won (re)election, including Speaker Fox, the state should now turn around in no time flat.

Posted by: Dan at November 13, 2012 10:01 AM

Elect people who drive the business climate right into the toilet. Re-elect the same people and even elect new ones who think similarly.

Then we want them to do something differently? When the voters re-elect you, they're saying you're doing a good job and want it to continue. Thus, the path that RI has been on will continue. I'd expect nothing different. Unless the politicians want to get unelected.

Posted by: Patrick at November 13, 2012 12:37 PM

"nothing could be finer than to wake up in Carolina"

Posted by: Warrington Faust at November 13, 2012 4:16 PM
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