The Latest from PolitiFact Rhode Island Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

"A grant for $5,000 [from the Governor’s Workforce Board] went to teach an employee at a company that makes ornamental business card holders how to use Facebook and Twitter."

"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."

"Today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent more potent than the pot of yesteryear."

UPDATE: "Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."

After hiring a campaign manager in 2006, "I got this $100 and something fee ... for hazardous materials."  

In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.

Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."

"Marijuana contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco."

Seventy-five percent of the young adults in this country are not mentally or physically fit to serve.

"The budget I managed at the Department of Education was more than $60 million."

Rhode Island is "almost dead last" among Northeastern states in the length of time first-degree murderers must spend in prison before they’re eligible for parole.

"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."

"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."

Of minimum wage workers in Rhode Island "only 14 percent serve as sole income earner for their family."  

"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."

"Since I took office in January 2011, we have created 11,100 Rhode Island-based jobs."

"Of the 20 bills [Rep. David] Cicilline has sponsored in his three years in office, not a single one has advanced past the embryonic committee stage."

Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.

Marijuana today is "genetically modified," with THC levels that "far surpass the marijuana" of the 1970s.

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