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."
Not that simple
"Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."
False for second test, it may become true for third
Eva Marie Mancuso
When the NECAP proficiency test is re-given to the kids the second and third time, harder questions are taken out.
Local gun culture might be one key
"Harvard Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths."
EDC is out of its own loop
"No one knows who bought the [38 Studios] bonds. And there was some language put in the bond offer that they must remain anonymous."
Overstate’s tiny park’s economic impact
"Even Roger Williams National Memorial in my home state of Rhode Island attracted nearly 51,000 visitors in 2011, with non local visitors adding more than $3.2 million to the local economy."
Per-capita spending is up
"In the period from 2007 to 2011, the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner reported an 18 percent decline in the state’s total medical spending."
Rhode Island is the last state still using the Optech III P voting machines and they don’t meet suggested federal standards.
Figure is 15 years old
More than 40 percent of sales nationally are made without background checks.
Laws allow use for many conditions
"Eighty percent of those who have applied for licenses have no cancer, no Parkinson's disease or glaucoma. They have nothing you would associate [with] the use of medical marijuana."
Flying dog claim distracts from real risk
Driving with a dog in your lap is dangerous, in part, because it could fly forward in a crash. "An 80-pound dog at only 30 mph packs a 2,400-pound punch."
Ancient numbers, but trend persists.
"Last year, handguns killed 48 people in Japan, 8 in Great Britain, 34 in Switzerland, 52 in Canada, 58 in Israel, 21 in Sweden, 42 in West Germany and 10,728 in the United States."
Even with broad definition of welfare, number is high
"Our welfare system now consumes 42 percent of our budget."
Confusing cause and effect
"Under the Obama administration, we are drilling and producing more domestic energy supplies than we ever had before."
Savings not really a cut?
"President Obama is attacking Paul Ryan on Medicare even though it is his administration with the help of Jim Langevin who cut $716 billion from Medicare."
Depends on who's counting; "burden" debatable.
Rhode Island has "the most burdensome level of health-insurance mandates in the nation."
Medical costs among many causes of bankruptcy
"The largest number of bankruptcies in our country are really as a result of health care."
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