Statements we say are Mostly False
Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo "raised the mortality rate from 65 to 87" and "used a 1994 annuity chart" to create the pension crisis.
"The State of Rhode Island has the worst state-funded pension in the country."
"The Tax Foundation figures Rhode Island as the 10th highest state for state and local tax burden per capita in the country. We're the 6th worst in the country for the business tax index. We're the 3rd highest per capita in the country for all taxes."
"[Federal] law says that you can't give in-state tuition to an illegal alien … unless you first offer it to any other student regardless of their state of residence."
"In the past six years alone, changes to the pension formula … have saved over half a billion dollars."
"The RI Board of Elections has heard official testimony from Providence residents who claim to have witnessed known illegal aliens voting in local elections."
"Voted the ‘best specialty plate in America’"
"Ten percent of violent deaths in the U.S. each year are due to strangulation."
"Most military experts say there is anywhere between 25 and 30 members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan."
"We just fought a Republican budget that ends Medicare as we know it."
"Full marriage equality [would provide same-sex couples] with about 1,700 rights."
"Public sentiment in favor of collective bargaining and in favor of the unions has actually gone up as these governors, I think, have overreached and gone too far and tried to destroy the labor movement."
"When I took office in 2003, we had very little reserves."
"There are nearly 500,000 registered sex offenders across the country and at any one time about 100,000 are unaccounted for."
Experts say the property tax "is the most harmful to economic growth and . . . the sales tax is least harmful."
"Of the states that have a lieutenant governor, many are currently discussing the need for such an obsolete office."
"As a state representative, David Cicilline argued against Megan's Law and voted against mandatory registration of sex offenders."
"In Rhode Island, there were thousands of jobs that were created" by the federal stimulus program
Says James Langevin voted to spend "$3 billion for a jet engine no one wants."
Rhode Island gives undocumented pregnant women health insurance, plus a cash card "with $400 a month on it" and "$250 a month or $275 a month to spend on food."
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