Rhode Island Tip Sheet: In fighting violence, you get what you pay for
STATE OF THE STATE: We borrow Tip Sheet’s subject line from Teny Gross, director of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence. During a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, Gross spoke about the recent spike of violence in Providence — highlighted by the slaying of Joel Figuereo in his own home. Homicides have declined sharply in the Capital City — to 12 this year, from 30 in 2000 — but Gross wasn’t about to emphasize that after a recent run of highly publicized violent crimes. He did assert that investing in anti-violence programs will yield better results; by way of comparison, Gross says, his agency’s annual budget is $1.7 million, compared with $10 million for Crossroads. And though the level of global violence continues to decline, Gross says the US still bears the dubious distinction of being the world leader in suicide and homicide.
BARRY HINCKLEY: The Republican rival of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined Newsmakers for the second half of the show. While Republicans in Congress remain sharply opposed to any tax increases, Hinckley said he’d be ok with tax hikes on upper income earners — but only if the money goes to pay down the deficit . . . A previously unaffiliated voter who registered Republican in February, Hinckley said he’d lost his enthusiasm for the GOP due to the policies of George W. Bush.
REPUBLICANS: State Representative Daniel Reilly of Portsmouth, one of the state GOP’s up-and-comers, was our guest this week on RIPR’s Political Roundtable.
PROJO: Scott reports on how the statewide daily will resort to layoffs if it can’t convince eight news and advertising employees to take buyouts . . . . In light of today’s court decision keeping Craig Price behind bars in Florida, I have a suggestion for the ProJo.
JOBS: Christmas may have come early for President Obama. US unemployment has fallen to 8.6 percent, the lowest since 2009.
ON THE ROAD: Just days after being named a Tip Sheet Tweeter of the Day, Bob Plain embarked on a cross-country journey to report on the #occupy story.
FOOD: Mama Kims, the esteemed Korean BBQ food truck, now has a dinner operation at 2012 Bar & Grill in Cranston.
BIRTHDAY: Yep, it’s me . . . . On an unrelated note, yours truly is on vacation next week, so Tip Sheet will return in mid-December.