The Latest from PolitiFact Rhode Island Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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There are "approximately 20,000 annual gun purchases in Rhode Island."  

"Providence graduation rates are up."

"Although the governor doubled the beach fees . . . all the money, as we found out, is all going to an out-of-state company. The state isn't even getting the money for that."

On the last night of the General Assembly, "by 11 o'clock 95 to 98 percent of the business was done. So we really didn't have that late-night session. We were just holding on one bill."

Cranston's 2014-2015 "budget funds 100 percent of the local police and fire pension and other retiree benefit costs."

"There are already more American jobs in the solar industry than in coal mining."

Republican candidate for governor Ken Block was "fined and had to admit that (he) funneled money illegally to the Moderate Party."

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung "donated to Democrats like Congressman David Cicilline, disgraced (House) speaker Gordon Fox and even Mr. Obamacare, Harry Reid."

The Senate proposal to restore emergency unemployment benefits for five months was "fully paid for."

"The average age of the minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

In the 1950s and 1960s, "the minimum wage was such that it would lift you out of poverty."

Ken "Block supports Obamacare."

"Rhode Island has the highest dropout rate in New England at twenty-three percent."

Peter Kilmartin voted for the 38 Studios loan guarantee and his State House job was to "twist [legislator’s] arms to vote for deals like this."

I turned "a $110 million deficit into a $1.6 million surplus for our city."

"Fifty percent of Americans will go hungry at some time in their lives."

The Pell bridge "is a tourism bridge essentially and not a commuter bridge."

"Residential property taxes [in Providence] are up nearly 27 percent under Mayor Taveras."

Says gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell "hasn't spent a dime on advertising."

The Rhode Island Parole Board "never received an objection from the attorney general" to the parole of  convicted murder Alfred Brissette.

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