Giannini: What’s in? What’s out this week?


What’s In?

The Phase out of the car tax

The Phase out of the car tax is included in this year’s budget which has just passed the General Assembly. In a good move by the General Assembly, the car tax Phase out will continue in the RI budget during the next fiscal year. But let’s not forget the original car tax Phase out was passed in the 1998 RI budget.

As an original sponsor of the 1998 car tax Phase out bill, all I can say is that it’s about time and long overdue. However, we need to stay vigilant and stay on top of its progress. I’ve seen this pass and be frozen before. Who knows what  future General Assemblies will do? So, let’s be aware and push for the phase out to continue. Put your state representatives and state senators on notice. This is a priority.

Pay Equity Bill

After years of women in the General Assembly fighting for an equal pay bill, one finally passed the House of Representatives on Thursday night. I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to the late

Representative Suzanne Henseler, who was the  pioneer of legislation regarding this issue. I was honored to work with her on this issue and remember when we women of the house chamber (only 15 at that time) wore t-shirts saying that women only earned 77cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. It may have took years, but it finally happened. While some may say it is not enough, it is a start and a new beginning in a male dominated General Assembly. Kudos to the women in the General Assembly!

The Paw Sox Are IN

I predicted this months ago. And alas, the Paw Sox bill has resurfaced. What remains to be seen is the reaction of the public during this election year, and the reaction of the Paw Sox owners to the amended bill. Will they or won’t they stay in RI?  Inquiring minds want to know.

What’s out…


Proposed plans for a City walk in Providence’s South end

n what appears to be a plan for a city walk for bicycles and pedestrians in the south side of Providence, one has to ask the question why. With Providence having so many structural needs, why would the city spend $2 million on a city walk?  Let’s fix the potholes, streets, catch basins, sidewalks, trim trees, clean lots, rodent problems and deter the aggressive and continuing crime in Providence before this money is spent on what I think is equivalent to glamorous window dressing a deteriorating house.

Melania’s jacket

While I am glad the First Lady took a trip to see the children at the border…I have to ask why would she wear a jacket saying…”I don’t care, do you”?

It was the wrong thing to do.

It took away from the fact that her purpose was to visit the children on the border and to view the conditions. She didn’t need to send any messages or innuendos. Melania, why don’t you just take a page out of Bill Belichick’s book (since your husband seems to love him so much) and just “do your job”. Forget about the press and sending them messages.

Instead, let’s focus on what’s important and that is the well being of the children.

And that message is for our Congress as well. They must all work together to stop the heartaches of our most innocent!

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