Giannini: What’s in? What’s Out? December 1, 2018


What’s in


Thumbs up to talk radio WPRO AM hosts for keeping their eye on the storm… Even with the election over, they are holding current and newly elected officials’ feet to the fire by talking about all the issues we want to know. 

Sports betting at Twin River Casino made its debut this week…

Revenues are expected to be high from the installation of sports betting at the casino.  General Assembly leaders are taking pride in the inclusion of sports betting in our state. One question I have, will the money go to the general fund or solely for education? Originally, the state lottery profits were to go into education and we all know what happened with that.

What’s Out?


The future of HASBRO in Pawtucket as we know it is in question. Not only do we  know if HASBRO will be moving and staying in Rhode Island, questions have now arisen about HASBRO misleading investors about its financial health, with implications that executives profited as well.

Fane Tower

Appraiser Peter Scotti has put out a scathing review of the Fane tower proposal. He said  the numbers speak for themselves and the project is not feasible or able to be financed. It is astonishing to think that public employees have pushed this project forward. Rents could go as high as $5,000 a month for an 8-900 sq. ft. apartment, being the highest in all of Providence.


Pawtucket leaders are now trying to secure funds to re-purpose McCoy Stadium… Plans are now being drafted to make use of McCoy stadium and the former Apex building. One can’t help but wonder how many times are we going to go down this road. Maybe the plans should have included restoration of McCoy Stadium to begin with, and the PawSox would still be here. We are still waiting to hear some plans to restore Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. Are there any leaders wishing to take this on? What happened after the big press conference to Save Memorial Hospital?  Silence.  And, remember last year’s flu crisis and overcrowding at emergency rooms throughout the state, attributed to redirected Blackstone Valley people? Why is Rhode Island always reactive instead of proactive? 


Construction causes traffic, like seen here on the Point Street Bridge.

Car 54 where are you? Traffic in RI is horrendous, especially in Providence. Try taking Route 10 or traveling on the east side or the west side. Wherever you go it is gridlock at all hours, especially after school and throughout the night. It’s become a nightmare and it is not even winter yet. Wait till the snow and ice comes, along with the plows. Can someone come up with a plan for all the road repairs to be staggered and coordinated, so that they are not being done all at once? Or would that make too much sense? Wake up RI! Houston, we have a problem!

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at