The Latest from PolitiFact Rhode Island Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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"The pension fund in the city of Providence is only 30 percent funded, about the same level as when he [Taveras] took office."

"There have been at least 100 shootings each year [Angel Taveras] has been mayor" of Providence.

"My campaign alone has created more jobs in the state of Rhode Island than Narragansett Beer."

"Over 60 percent of the provisional ballots cast in [the 2012] election were disqualified because those folks were not duly registered as voters."

"Nazi imagery [was used] by the Block for Governor campaign to describe supporters of Allan Fung for Governor."

"Before I was state treasurer, my Rhode Island business helped create over 1,000 jobs."

Sen. Jack Reed "cast the deciding vote in the Senate for the Affordable Care Act."

The cost of "college education has gone up 1,200 percent since 1978."

"The per-pupil cost in the [Blackstone Valley Prep] Mayoral Academy far outweighs the per-pupil cost in Cumberland public schools."

Rhode Island's state pension system "underperformed the median three out of the four years that Mr. [Frank] Caprio was in office."

"The increase in the garbage tax that [Mayor Allan Fung] imposed in Cranston for some people has been as much as $200."

"If you look at what we’ve done over the last several years, the crime rate has actually gone down in [Providence] and . . . the number of shootings has been going down."

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."

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