Economy

  • Picks of the Week | Big Challenges Await Next President

    Why Americans Still Think the Economy is Terrible | New York Times Senators call U.S. effort to train Syrians to fight Islamic State ‘a joke’ | McClatchy DC Russia is Setting up a Forward Operating Base in Syria, Pentagon Confirms | Defense One   President Barack Obama waded into the 2016 Republican primary debate this week when he said, “Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Absence of U.S. at Paris March; Redistribution of Taxes

    “Lafayette, We are Here!” America’s Absence | The Providence Journal White House: We should have sent someone to Paris march | USA Today U.S. embarrassed by lack of top-level figure at Paris March | The Washington Post President Obama should have been at the march in Paris.  It was a singular moment in the world’s response to extremism.  It was powerful imagery, a tremendous message, and a lost opportunity for … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Slavery and Seafood Supply Chains, Future Negotiations with Iran

    Cheap Fish, Slavery, and Supply Chains Era of cheap fish is over, says expert, as industry forced to tackle slavery and overfishing | South China Morning Post Slavery and the Shrimp on your Plate: Thai Seafood Is Contaminated by Human Trafficking | The New York Times Senate Bill No. 657 [California Transparency in Supply Chains Act] For most of us, most of the time, the “supply chains” that bring us … Read More

  • The Case for the New Congress to Restore Defense Earmarks

    Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes and Ms. Kelly Mendell, President of MIKEL, a RI based defense company, published an op-ed today calling for the restoration of Congressional earmarks for defense research and development.  An excerpt is below.  The full piece is available at at RollCall.com. A Rose by Any Other Name: It’s Time to Bring Earmarks Back to Defense R&D  By James M. Ludes and Kelly Mendell Nov. … Read More

  • Pell Center forum discusses choices for a better economy

    Earlier this week, a full-house audience at the Pell Center heard the perspectives of two experts – Doug Hall of the National Priorities Project and Kate Brewster of the Economic Progress Institute (Providence) – on how we make choices to shape our economy. Brewster and Hall talked about the continuing economic difficulties facing many Americans and specifically, Rhode Islanders, and agreed on a number of ideas about the current challenges … Read More

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion | Creating Good Jobs and Broad Prosperity

    The economy will be a top priority in the November elections—nationally and in Rhode Island—and candidates everywhere are talking about how to improve it. Although President Obama has canceled his engagement at Rhode Island College to speak about the economy, we invite you to continue the discussion with the Pell Center and experts from the Economic Progress Institute and the National Priorities Project about how we can create a better economy … Read More

  • Not about charity

    At a forum last night for Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates (organized by the Economic Progress Institute and held at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick, RI), one of the participants emphasized a point that all of us would do well to remember. It is worth taking a moment to appreciate State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s repeated insistence that “This is not about charity,” when talking about tax-supported public programs from Head … Read More

  • Paving the way

    A couple weeks ago, some of the most important economic movers and shakers in Rhode Island gathered to listen to ideas for moving the state’s economy forward, and for turning those ideas into realities. Attendees included elected officials (Governor Chaffee, Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, and mayors of several towns), and leaders from the business, nonprofit and academic sectors. The ideas presented were gathered … Read More

  • “Inequality” for some?

    Last night, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University hosted a free public screening of “Inequality for All” – Jacob Kornbluth’s award-winning documentary about former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and his lifelong effort to combat rising income inequality in the United States. The audience discussion after the film was lively, smart and engaged. Reich’s economic analysis, and the film’s presentation of it, clearly struck a chord with viewers. To … Read More

  • Sustainability: A National Strategic Imperative

    In 2011, a strategic document entitled “A National Strategic Narrative” emerged from the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The “Narrative” argues for a new American grand strategy that would focus the nation’s foreign and domestic policies toward the common goal of building our national strength at home as a means to foster our credible influence abroad.  Specifically, the National Strategic Narrative offered the concept of sustainability as our … Read More