The R.I. State Retirement Commission assumes that the state workers’ pension fund will return 7.5 percent each year, but it has not come close to that kind of performance in the last decade. Should the state change its investment return assumption and by how much?
Last week the state revealed that the high school class of 2016 saw an increase in the number of students taking the SAT test, but the average score for high school seniors declined in all three aspects of the test, critical reading, writing and mathematics. Is the state on the right path with its approach to public school education?
For 215 college graduates working in STEM fields in Rhode Island, Christmas came a little early, when the initial class of Wavemaker Fellowships were chosen. Is this a good plan to improve the quality of Rhode Island’s workforce?
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo made the announcement recently that the state was going to proceed with replacing the Routes 6 and 10 connector corridor in Providence without incorporating any of the community ideas designed to connect Olneyville to the rest of the city? Is that a good idea?
Providence was ranked the 14th best college town in the nation by College Rank late last month, with the publication citing “funky shops and cafes, street-art exhibits and clear signs of political activism,” among other things. Do the things that make a good college town also make it good for business?