Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Linc-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Lincoln Chafee

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PolitiFact Rhode Island has compiled promises that Lincoln Chafee made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Linc-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Linc-O-Meter page for more details on our ratings.)

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Direct Economic Development Corporation to develop library for small businesses to help them make business decisions

The Promise:

Chafee has pledged to direct the EDC to “create a library of information to allow small businesses to have access to the same information large businesses have in making business decisions. ... These databases are usually only financially available to large businesses, leaving small businesses at a disadvantage. This approach has doubled the number of jobs and tripled sales tax revenues in similar businesses where it has been implemented."


Update October 7th, 2013: Nearly three years later, still no library for small businesses

Issue executive order on ethics on first day in office

The Promise:


"I will issue a strong executive order on ethics on my first day of office. I will attack the culture of corruption and cronyism that hinders job creation starting on my first day in office. I will demand the highest standards of appropriate behavior. This executive order will designate one individual as the contact person for all state and municipal employees, as well as private citizens, to contact with concerns about unethical behavior involving state and local government."

Update September 20th, 2013: Update: Chafee's ethics liaison continues to field ethics queries

Lower taxes on personal income and corporate profits when economy improves

The Promise:


"When the economy improves, Chafee backs lowering taxes on personal income and corporate profits."


Update January 21st, 2013: Chafee pushing for lower corporate tax, no cut in personal income tax proposed

Grant same-sex couples same rights that heterosexual couples have in adoption, foster care, etc.

The Promise:


Chafee "supports . . .  same-sex parenting rights."


Update January 11th, 2013: Executive order cleared parenting rights for same-sex couples

Develop master plan for use of state-owned property

The Promise:


"Development of a Master Property Utilization Plan that will clearly and transparently lay out a new vision for state-owned properties. This plan will conceive of the Pastore Complex in Cranston as a centrally located, mass-transit-accessible 'government services mall,' supported by three regional hubs in Blackstone Valley, Bristol County and South County."


Update December 11th, 2012: Can't have a 'master plan' without putting it in writing

Make major infrastructure improvements, including super high-speed Internet access

The Promise:


"Clustering our economic development strategy will allow us to create a critical mass for growth. In addition, we can target major infrastructure improvements, such as super high-speed Internet connectivity, that will attract businesses just as traditional transportation systems attract business."


Update November 28th, 2012: Chafee keeps the ball rolling on super-high-speed Internet

Will audit all economic development tax deals

The Promise:


"I will conduct audits of all economic development tax deals. We need to stop the bleeding of state resources through tax credit programs that have no discernible impact."


Update August 2nd, 2012: Tax credit audits a work in progress

Give independent contract workers access to the state system to enforce wage claims.

The Promise:


Give independent contract workers "access to Department of Labor and Training (DLT) procedures to enforce wage claims."


Update July 25th, 2012: Legislation to help freelance workers under development for 2013 General Assembly session

Make group health benefits available to independent workers

The Promise:


"I will present legislation that will make group health benefits available to independent workers, as they are in New York."


Update July 17th, 2012: Chafee proposal for independent workers submitted, but under study

Reform municipal employee pension plans

The Promise:


Move aggressively on the municipal level to curb future pension costs, avoid protracted litigation, ensure employment stability, be fair to workers, older workers in particular, and honestly address all the critical issues facing the state with respect to pension benefits.


Update June 28th, 2012: Chafee reforms die in committee

Expand hate crimes legislation to include sexual orientation and gender identity of victim

The Promise:


Chafee "supports hate crimes legislation in Rhode Island" [which has already been achieved federally and] designed to include feedom of gender expression."


Update June 6th, 2012: Chafee signs hate-crimes legislation

Upgrade state website to put government services such as obtaining drivers licenses online

The Promise:


"I will upgrade RI.gov to ensure that citizens can take maximum advantage of the public services they pay tax dollars to fund. The upgrade will include putting online government services that currently require a trip to state offices, such as making DMV appointments and renewing drivers’ licenses. This initiative will make online services available for free."

Update May 22nd, 2012: Online driver’s license renewal fulfills one element of Chafee promise, but at a small price

Support same-sex marriage, support repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

The Promise:


"If Chafee were elected governor, he would not only sign marriage equality legislation, but would champion it. In his own words from a 2009 op-ed in the Huffington Post, 'To me, the issue of same-sex marriage boils down to a question of basic fairness ... Rhode Island legislators should follow in the footsteps of our fellow New England states and be true to our pioneering history of tolerance by advancing a marriage equality bill.' "


Update May 15th, 2012: Recognition of out-of-state unions goes beyond "support" of same-sex marriage

Reform municipal employee pension plans

The Promise:


Move aggressively on the municipal level to curb future pension costs, avoid protracted litigation, ensure employment stability, be fair to workers, older workers in particular, and honestly address all the critical issues facing the state with respect to pension benefits.


Update May 12th, 2012: After state pension reform, focus now on cities, towns

Reform state employee pension plan

The Promise:


Reform pension plans: Reamortize pension; create hybrid 401(k), audit existing plan, develop long-term plan to coordinate retirement age with Social Security age.


Update April 25th, 2012: Chafee got pension plan changes, but not in the way he had hoped