Tag: Sen. Paul V. Jabour

Want to get Rhode Island on the Right Track? Read it here.

So I’ve been sort of taking pot shots at the Rhode Island legislature for essentially giving away the candy store. For years they have granted tax incentives and breaks for the likes of Bank of America, Fidelity, American Power Conversion, Gtech et al.

But all of them have to some degree or another have flown the coop of Rhode Island for greener pastures out there.

Meanwhile we have a burgeoning infosec, I.T. and film and video sector in the state that gets short shrift.

So I propose we flip the script so to speak. Fuck Bank of America, Fidelity and those who betrayed us.

Give some serious tax breaks and help to the sectors I mentioned. And I’m tagging a few people in the legislature here including the Speaker and President. Might the hell as well do it.

Why I advocate for the legalization of recreational use of marijuana

First of all I’m not a pothead. My choice of intoxicants is of the C2H6O variety aka ethanol.

But here’s the thing – we in the U.S. have spent billions of dollars per year on drug interdiction, imprisonment and rehab over the past 30 odd years. Plus the fact that marijuana incarceration is pretty high.  The total is somewhere in the trillions of dollars. That is all money that could be put to better use.

I see marijuana, in it’s pure state, as no worse and actually better than alcohol and in some ways better. I’ve never met a belligerent pot user, but have met more than a few alcohol intoxicated individuals who really shouldn’t be drinking.

Now, the benefits of completely legalizing it for adults:

1) The cost of interdiction, prosecution and incarceration are reduced dramatically.

2) The tax revenue – you can slap a 20% tax on the stuff and people will still buy it. Just look at Colorado for the proof of a potential windfall revenue model.

3) The combined benefit of the 20% tax on product plus the reduced cost of all those listed in my first point make it so legalization of recreational marijuana is all positives with no negatives.

4) The purity of the product can be REGULATED by the states. No mixing fillers in, no additional psycho-active compounds added, etc.

I have written the chair of the Judiciary Committee in Rhode Island, Rep. Edith Ajello as well as my state Rep. John J. Lombardi and Senator Paul V. Jabour with pretty much the arguments above.

A political event that I attended this evening

It was sponsored by WBNA (West Broadway Neighborhood Association) and had the three candidates for RI Representative District 8, incumbent Michael Tarro and challengers John J. Lombardi and Libby Kimzey, and then the two candidates for RI Senate district 5, incumbent Paul V. Jabour and challenger Maura Kelly.

This year is unique. I’ve NEVER seen a year where we had more than one person on the primary ticket for either of the two offices above. But 2012 is turning out to be a banner year all around where the primary will actually decide who our next state rep and senator will be.

The primary election is on September 11th this year.

There were a variety of questions touching on battles with National Grid, with crime in the districts, education, transportation, etc. That was the first half of the Q&A. During the second half they distilled submitted questions and one of them was the question of marriage equality.

I’ll spill the beans – those who showed unequivocal support for marriage euqality were Libby Kimzey and Maura Kelly.

But I did get all of the answers regarding marriage equality on video:

I’ll start with John J. Lombardi:

Incumbent Representative Michael Tarro – who gives us a bit more nuanced take on it this time. If you recall, Tarro is the one who said he’d do all the paperwork to approximate marriage for LGBT couples but he wouldn’t vote for marriage equality? Yes, same Michael Tarro:

And interestingly – doesn’t Tarro’s statement on it sound just like Lombardi? So why would I want to vote for the same in Lombardi?

And lastly we have Libby Kimzey, Maura Kelly and Sen. Paul V. Jabour. Jabour actually acknowledges me in his video but then has the audacity to say he only supports civil unions. Interesting.

If I were to base my choices solely on marriage equality – it’s interesting that both women, Maura Kelly and Libby Kimzey unequivocally support marriage equality. And it occurs to me, in 5/8 it’s been a boys club for as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s time to shake things up and let the women take the reigns.

A couple of interesting facts about candidates include:

– Libby Kimzey is a public transit rider, and rents.
– Paul V. Jabour funds his own political campaigns with his own money. I found that very interesting.

Now on Jabour – I know he’s gotten signed postcards from his constituents in the past. Perhaps I need to start another campaign to get people to lean on him to change his mind. I’ll have to generate the list from the CVRS for the 5th and 8th and then see if I can get email addresses matched and send out a mass email for people to contact Jabour.