THE POLITICS OF SNOW

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Closing state government is a costly decision. Based on a tally of storms from last tear, Governor Gina Raimondo's decision to shut down Rhode Island government Wednesday cost the state around $310 thousand dollars according to figures from the Department of Administration appearing in the Providence Journal. The Governor defended her decision saying "you do the best you can with the information you have. It's tricky to predict. We look at all the forecasting models, and the Governor will always err on the side of public safety." What makes her decision look REALLY bad is the fact neither Massachusetts or Connecticut shut down state government. School Supers were caught equally red faced with most districts deciding to shut down too. Many parents outraged by mid day that they had to blow their days up because their kids were staying home from classes. The Super in Westerly going as far as admitting he made the wrong call cancelling school falling on the sword saying he "bears responsibility."  The governor and those School Supers aren't the Lone Ranger here...ALL of us likely made decisions based on a forecast that was a clean swing and a miss. 

Ron St. Pierre

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