An inflammatory claim
"Elorza wants to teach our public school children about the ‘non-existence of God.’"
And 36 others are collecting over $100,000 a year
"We have a retiree that is collecting a $17,000 paycheck a month . . . tax free."
The system was short-changed for years
"In 2001 and '02 . . . we had the pension system funded at (the) 100% level in that year, and we did for two years at that point."
Other comments suggest otherwise
Jorge Elorza "wants to impose a municipal income tax."
Statistic itself is premature
"Pregnant women who stand for five to six hours at a time increase their risk of pre-term pregnancy by 80 percent."
True Sept. 30, not so much since
"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.
Water, water everywhere
If sea levels rise six feet due to climate change, Waterplace Park in Providence and Wickford village would be swamped
Bond rating veils full story
Under Mayor Angel Taveras "Providence’s bond rating was downgraded from A to BBB, two steps above junk-bond status."
Does anybody check this stuff?
"In Providence, R.I., it's illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday."
Off by a decade
"There hasn’t been a Republican in the legislature or the City Council in Providence in over 30 years."
Not just for schools
"Two years ago Providence alone spent $50,000 a year notifying the school department" about residents in the state's sex offender registry.
"Semi-automatic weapons, whether pistol or rifle, were designed for use by the military on the battlefield."
Three sets of numbers, same trend
"While I was mayor of the city of Providence we had the lowest crime rate in 30 years."
No evidence Cicilline ever took that position
"Congressman Cicilline, when he was the mayor of Providence, espoused a sanctuary city."
Audit wouldn't have been ready before the election anyway
David Cicilline was "required to provide key information about city finances to an independent outside auditor. The deadlines were clear -- yet [he intentionally] missed them by months" until after the November 2010 election.
Access delayed, access denied.
"The auditor [for the city of Providence] was not locked out" of access to the city's finances.
No debating high taxes
Providence has "amongst the highest tax rate(s) in the entire country."
A taxing burden.
"The commercial property tax [in Providence] is second highest in the country behind Detroit."
True for city averages, not so much for state
"In Connecticut and New York, students at Achievement First schools consistently outperform city and statewide averages."
Geography lesson anyone?
Providence's port is "200 miles closer to Europe than any other Eastern port."