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Rhode Island’s top 12 unanswered political questions for 2012

December 27, 2011

Through a crystal ball, darkly. (Feel free to add your own top questions for 2012 in comments) 

– Will Governor Lincoln Chafee offer a more coherent message that helps lift his slumping approval rating?

– Will the General Assembly approve a meaningful overhaul of severely underfunded locally managed pension funds in an election year?

– Will Rhode Island be able to stanch the bleeding from a leading revenue source when casinos open for business in Massachusetts?

– Will the hangover from Providence’s fiscal problems prove the undoing of David Cicilline, or will the incumbent survive, thanks to his energy, fundraising, reshaped congressional district, and how he’ll be running during a presidential election?

– Will labor rebuild its influence on the General Assembly, or will Gina Raimondo and Engage RI have a lasting impact?

– Will other fossilized deposits of old-school Providence mismanagement and cronyism surface?

– Will Rhode Island be able to move past its perennial struggles to bolster economic development and competitiveness? 

– Will the Providence Journal’s recently adopted online approach enable the state’s largest news organization to  stanch the bleeding in its print subscriptions and ad revenue?

 – Will the pension law linger as a singular accomplishment, or will it signal a new ability on the part of state government to tackle other complicated policy problems?

– Will Angel Taveras be able to maintain his high approval rating while continuing to fight big fiscal challenges in the state’s most important city, possibly with another tax increase?

– How will the increased spending from outside groups made possible by Citizens United impact RI elections and campaigns?

– Will the RI Republican Party, after losing an experienced leader with high-level experience, be able to increase its modest presence in the General Assembly?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mister Guy permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:21 am

    “Will the General Assembly approve a meaningful overhaul of severely underfunded locally managed pension funds in an election year?”

    No, since they’ve already proven recently that they don’t have the stomach to really take on “public safety employee” pension plans.

    “Will Rhode Island be able to stanch the bleeding from a leading revenue source when casinos open for business in Massachusetts?”

    What “bleeding”? Where will the casinos be in MA? That’s the real question there.

    “Will labor rebuild its influence on the General Assembly, or will Gina Raimondo and Engage RI have a lasting impact?”

    LOL…one of “Engage RI’s lasting impacts” will be on the businesses that publicly support them, and those businesses will be seeing less business!

    “Will the pension law linger as a singular accomplishment”

    That depends on how fast it gets overturned in the courts. Don’t expect to get a final answer on that in 2012 either.

    “How will the increased spending from outside groups made possible by Citizens United impact RI elections and campaigns?”

    It will impact them poorly, and you haven’t seen anything yet…ugh…

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