Statements from Providence, R.I.
"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.
If sea levels rise six feet due to climate change, Waterplace Park in Providence and Wickford village would be swamped
Under Mayor Angel Taveras "Providence’s bond rating was downgraded from A to BBB, two steps above junk-bond status."
"In Providence, R.I., it's illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday."
"There hasn’t been a Republican in the legislature or the City Council in Providence in over 30 years."
"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."
"While I was mayor of the city of Providence we had the lowest crime rate in 30 years."
"Congressman Cicilline, when he was the mayor of Providence, espoused a sanctuary city."
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.
"The auditor [for the city of Providence] was not locked out" of access to the city's finances.
Providence has "amongst the highest tax rate(s) in the entire country."
"The commercial property tax [in Providence] is second highest in the country behind Detroit."
"In Connecticut and New York, students at Achievement First schools consistently outperform city and statewide averages."
Providence's port is "200 miles closer to Europe than any other Eastern port."
The Providence teacher contract "is one of the longest in the country."
"When I took office in 2003, we had very little reserves."
Providence teachers "can go five or six years without an evaluation."
"He's the only candidate who's balanced budgets and brought jobs to Providence."
"When the mayor of Providence's brother wrote over 100 grand in bad checks to the city, Joe Fernandez didn't have the guts to prosecute him. He let him off the hook."
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