Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Linc-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Lincoln Chafee

Support anti-bullying legislation, protect gay, bisexual and transgender youths in schools

Chafee "supports . . . protecting [gay, bisexual and transgender] youth from bullying and harassment."

Complete renovation of Cranston Street Armory

"Complete the renovation of the historic, state-owned, 165,000-square-foot Cranston Street Armory, followed by the relocation there of three of the state agencies currently holding high-rent leases with private landlords."

Review all state leases of commercial office space

"Launch a thorough, case-by-case review of all 33 leases currently held by the state in commercial office buildings."

Develop master plan for use of state-owned property

"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."

Lower taxes on personal income and corporate profits when economy improves

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

Oppose tax changes without reform of spending and mandates

"Chafee will oppose any changes to our taxes without first reforming our spending, particularly the mandates."

Reform state employee pension plan

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

Simplify business tax system

"We will take action to simplify the business tax system and plan for a sustainable state budget."

Conduct nationwide competition to solicit job creation proposals

Chafee will "Conduct a nationwide business plan competition (similar to a Request for Proposal (RFP) process) that solicits innovative job creation proposals from compelling businesses and entrepreneurs interested in establishing, relocating or expanding their business in Rhode Island."

Reform municipal employee pension plans

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.

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

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