November 16, 2009

Poverty Institute Breaking Ties with Rhode Island College

Carroll Andrew Morse

This week's Political Scene column in the Projo contains this interesting note at the bottom…

The Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College, a vocal player in the state budget debate, is ending its formal relationship with the public college.

The organization announced that this fall, 10 years after its inception within the college’s School of Social Work, it would incorporate as an independent nonprofit entity...

The organization has drawn criticism from conservatives for being a taxpayer-financed entity that regularly lobbies for “revenue-side” budget solutions that raise taxes or fees.

I think it's a bit of stretch to say that only conservatives object to the concept of taxpayer funds being used to lobby for tax-increases -- but I'm sure they'll be willing to take the credit for being the most vocal on the issue.

I wonder what new advantages the leaders of the Poverty Institute think they'll gain in a new organizational structure.


Denise Perreault of the Providence Business News has more detail on the impending separation.

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A good start-why don't these people establish a new venue someplace they'd be comfortable-Cuba perhaps?

Posted by: joe bernstein at November 16, 2009 2:38 PM

How about we just kill the Poverty Institute. It's stock in trade is seeing that more and more people are classified as destitute, whether they are or not. That's what they need to perpetuate their existence. Kill the Poverty Institute and just gut the welfare programs in this state. Then maybe, just maybe, all the lazy welfare frauds will leave this state. Hey, if we get real lucky, the pimps like Kate Brewster will even leave.

Posted by: Mike Cappelli at November 16, 2009 7:17 PM

Speaking of the welfare system, there's an old viral email going around now where someone mentions that he has to pass a drug test via urine sample to first get his job, but then periodically to keep it. He says he has no problem with that. He has no problem with working and paying his taxes to the government for them to spend as they see fit. What he has a problem with is welfare recipients getting his money without having to pass a drug test via a urine sample. Makes perfect sense to me. He can't earn money by working if he's on drugs, so why should someone be allowed to take a handout if they're on drugs and not in a treatment program?

Posted by: Patrick at November 17, 2009 10:43 AM
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