Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Why is Rhode Island being a jerk to Providence?

That was the question I asked last week when presenting at Pecha Kucha, which you can watch here. The city of Providence, if unable to close a 22.5 million dollar hole in the next five months, will be considering bankruptcy. I point to cuts in state reimbursements of 95%, or 28 million dollars, since 2009. I point to the $1.7 billion the state has haphazardly decided not to collect in tax expenditures, or hidden spending with no oversight.

We can only speculate at the motivations for starving the city, but we know that it doesn't do any good. It's time for better decision-making at the state level, and that's why I'm in this race.

Thanks to John West for editing the Pecha Kucha video, and Frank Mullin for taking the photographs below. And, finally, the whole team at Pecha Kucha - Michael Gazdacko, John Taraborelli, Christine West and Caroline Mailloux, among others.



Frank Mullin Photography



Sources for Slides:
Slide 1 - Illustration by Libby Kimzey with text from Googlism.com
Slide 2 - Photograph by Libby Kimzey
Slide 3 - Graph produced by Elect Libby Kimzey using data from City of Providence 2012 Adopted Budget: http://providenceri.com/efile/1359
Slide 4 - n/a
Slide 5 - Photograph by Brown University Democracy Matters
Slide 6 - Image produced by Greater City: Providence: http://www.gcpvd.org/2008/11/28/the-parking-crisis-illustrated/
Slide 7 - Photograph by Libby Kimzey with text from Ted Nesi's column at WPRI: http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/providence/no-solution-seen-to-budget-gap-in-prov
Slide 8 - Graph produced by Elect Libby Kimzey, overlaid on table from City of Providence 2012 Adopted Budget: http://providenceri.com/efile/1359
Slide 9 - Table from City of Providence 2012 Adopted Budget: http://providenceri.com/efile/1359
Slide 10 - Text from Ted Nesi's column at WPRI: http://blogs.wpri.com/2011/09/26/a-vivid-picture-of-rhode-islands-local-aid-roller-coaster/. Chart produced by House Fiscal Advisory Staff: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/HouseFinance/2011-H%205894%20Sub%20A%20HFC%20_WEB_.pdf
Slide 11 - Graph produced by Elect Libby Kimzey using data from Tom Sgouros column in GoLocalProv: http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/tom-sgouros8/
Slide 12 - Quote from Tom Sgouros column in GoLocalProv: http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/tom-sgouros8/
Slide 13 - Graph produced by Elect Libby Kimzey using data from 2012 Budget as Enacted: http://www.budget.ri.gov/Documents/Prior%20Year%20Budgets/Operating%20Budget%202012/Budget%20as%20Enacted.pdf
Slide 14 - Graph produced by Elect Libby Kimzey using data from 2012 Budget as Enacted: http://www.budget.ri.gov/Documents/Prior%20Year%20Budgets/Operating%20Budget%202012/Budget%20as%20Enacted.pdf
Slide 15 - Table from 2010 Tax Expenditure Report: http://www.dor.ri.gov/taxexpenditure/2010%20Tax%20Expenditures%20Report.pdf
Slide 16 - Table from 2010 Tax Expenditure Report: http://www.dor.ri.gov/taxexpenditure/2010%20Tax%20Expenditures%20Report.pdf
Slide 17 - Graph produced by Elect Libby Kimzey using data from 2012 Budget as Enacted and 2010 Tax Expenditure Report, text from Poverty Institute/Economic Progress Insititute
Slide 18 - Photograph from WPRO: http://www.630wpro.com/Article.asp?id=2126195&spid=18076. Event held in 2010 by Poverty Institute/Economic Progress Institute
Slide 19 - Composite of Fete logo and map from Election Data Services: http://riredistricting.com/images/docs/house_8.pdf
Slide 20 - Graphic from Elect Libby Kimzey, designed by Genise Choy and Libby Kimzey