Statements we say are Mostly False
"Marijuana contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco."
"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."
"Test scores had gone up steadily for 40 years until No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top."
"Six years after unionization, 20,000 fewer children in Illinois were being served by the Child Care and Development Fund program."
Farming is "one of the fastest growing areas of our economy."
In Rhode Island, 9 percent of workers use the state's temporary disability insurance program each year while in New Jersey, the rate is only 3 percent.
"There hasn’t been a Republican in the legislature or the City Council in Providence in over 30 years."
"Half of all hospitalized seniors are suffering from malnutrition so severe that it either caused their illness or it prevents them from getting better."
Historically, the Social Security tax has been assessed on about 90% of U.S. income. Now it captures 83% because there's been such a growth of income among the highest earners.
Proposed gun control legislation "will outlaw practically every firearm, make you pay $100 per firearm, put you into a police database" and make it "nearly impossible" to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
If an individual is determined "to commit suicide, the availability of a gun is not a factor" because they will find a way.
"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."
Employers and schools have no right to conduct "surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle."
"In recent years, menhaden numbers along our coast have plummeted by 90 percent."
"By voting to approve [Question 1], we can . . . save 900 jobs" at Twin River.
"When Congressman Langevin took office, gas was around $1.70 per gallon, and now it is near $4 per gallon."
Brendan Doherty wants "to repeal Obamacare, increasing drug prices for seniors."
James Langevin "has received almost $20 million from taxpayers and special interests to use at his own discretion to supposedly champion Rhode Island’s needs."
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.
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