Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"my tagline at the time was: 'this is math, not politics'.”

In the Franklin Matters series of posts about local government, the Freakonomics Podcast has a great interview with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo that is shareworthy:

"Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “How to Be a Modern Democrat — and Win.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) 
Gina Raimondo, the governor of tiny Rhode Island, has taken on unions, boosted big business, and made friends with Republicans. She is also one of just 15 Democratic governors in the country. Would there be more of them if there were more like her?"

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The Freakonomics Podcast page also has a transcript of the interview and other supporting info  http://freakonomics.com/podcast/modern-democrat-win/

Editorial Note:

Central Falls, RI made news when it went bankrupt largely due to unfunded pension liabilities. Franklin also has significant pension liabilities (OPEB). We are taking steps to fund these but we also have other funding requirements for roads and schools to name just two that are top of mind. 

What can we do now to help prepare for 2028 when Franklin will be (hopefully) celebrating its 250 anniversary? I think we can start by talking to one another. To borrow the line from Gina, "this is math, not politics."

What should our priorities be? What can we do to fund them?

Events to find out info and join the conversation:

  • Jan 27 - Franklin Town Government 101

  • Feb 13 - Legislative Forum on School Funding


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