Government unions own this lovely, tiny state, lock stock and barrel. They do not hesitate to use intimidation, either. A quote from the article:
Some 16 percent or more of the state’s working population is employed by a state or local government. Add in their retired former coworkers, as well as their immediate families and close friends. And around 20 percent of the overall population relies on government for direct handouts, with the attendant industry for processing those transactions.
Then we have the academics and wealthy liberals for whom government is more of a religion than a service provider, as a means both to supply meaning for existence and to perform charitable works. Conducting the Masses is the priestly class of political insiders, almost all Democrats.
A friend of mine just dumped his vacation seaside cottage there because of taxes. Will anybody be left to pay the taxes? The Mob (if they are still as big in Providence as they were a few years ago) doesn't pay taxes.