Deficit claim inflated
Vincent "Buddy" Cianci
"When I left office, there was a $7-million surplus in Providence," but in 2008, the city had a $110-million deficit.
High, but not that high
"Over 60 percent of the provisional ballots cast in [the 2012] election were disqualified because those folks were not duly registered as voters."
Not adjusted for inflation
The cost of "college education has gone up 1,200 percent since 1978."
True for crime rates, shooting stats are hit or miss
"If you look at what we’ve done over the last several years, the crime rate has actually gone down in [Providence] and . . . the number of shootings has been going down."
Tripped up on drop-out stats
"Rhode Island has the highest dropout rate in New England at twenty-three percent."
Closer to 7 percent in 2013
In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."
Numbers went up. Why is less clear.
"Since I took office in January 2011, we have created 11,100 Rhode Island-based jobs."
One did, and he ignores sponsored amendments
"Of the 20 bills [Rep. David] Cicilline has sponsored in his three years in office, not a single one has advanced past the embryonic committee stage."
Separate payment required -- by the feds
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has imposed "a mandatory abortion fee" on all Rhode Islanders who buy health insurance through the state’s Obamacare exchange.
Bond rating veils full story
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Under Mayor Angel Taveras "Providence’s bond rating was downgraded from A to BBB, two steps above junk-bond status."
Near last in N.E., but not in U.S.
Salaries for URI faculty are second to last among New England land grant universities and in lowest 20 percent of major U.S. research institutions
Flat at record highs
"Global surface temperatures have been flat for 16 years."
Try seven, not two
Twenty four states have voter ID or comparable restrictions; before Barack Obama was elected, it was two.
99.9 percent of the ice sheet still there
"For several days in July of 2012, Greenland surface ice cover melted more than at any time in 30 years of satellite observation. During that month, an estimated 97% of the ice sheet thawed."
Not "much," not "many."
The ocean is now "much more acidic . . . than it has been for many millions of years."
"Don't know" or "Don't care" weren't options
"Seventy-four percent of Rhode Islanders support [a] national popular vote [for president] because they, as I, believe in one person-one vote."
Facts fuzzy on fund fees
Since Gina Raimondo took office, investment fees on the state's pension portfolio "have gone up from about $12 million annually to about $50 million."
Not just for schools
"Two years ago Providence alone spent $50,000 a year notifying the school department" about residents in the state's sex offender registry.
A question of degree(s)
"Narragansett Bay waters are getting warmer -- 4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the winter since the 1960s."
Police can seize handguns, not rifles
Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."
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