Decline started before Obama became president
"The number of new businesses started per year has dropped by 100,000 during this president’s term."
Perhaps statewide change in grading system helped?
Says his reform efforts improved performance at all 10 low-performing schools in Palm Beach, Florida.
Higher than other states, but not that high
"Having an entirely Democrat congressional delegation in 2009, when the [federal stimulus] bill passed, increases the per capita stimulus dollars that the state receives per person by $460."
Comparisons are problematic
If Rhode Island raises the meal and beverage tax to 10 percent, it would be the "fourth-highest in the nation."
Nobody really knows the amount of Medicare fraud.
"We have $60 billion in 2010 in Medicare fraud."
All abuse yes; physical abuse no
"One out of four of our young people say they are victims of this (dating) violence."
But Arizona's ban doesn't go quite so far.
After Arizona banned smoking in "all public places" in 2007, "admissions for acute myocardial infarction … stroke, asthma, [and] angina decreased following the implementation of the ban."
What about tax revenue?
"We got [the Quonset Business Park] for free and we’re getting zero dollars out of it into the state coffers … other than the fact that it produces the jobs."
$8 trillion is a fair projection, but he's just one vote
"Sheldon Whitehouse's failure of leadership, the adding of almost $8 trillion in debt in his first full term, is shameful..."
Consistently "pro-life." But what about Roe vs. Wade?
"[Mitt] Romney and [Brendan] Doherty certainly have a lot in common, like flip-flopping on abortion -- in Doherty's case, in a little over a week."
True for city averages, not so much for state
"In Connecticut and New York, students at Achievement First schools consistently outperform city and statewide averages."
Exaggerated to make a point
Enacting the Right-to-Carry Act would amount to "expanding the rights of sex offenders, terrorists, child predators, and abusers to carry concealed weapons across state lines.’’
For R.I., N.Y. and N.J. are the biggest culprits
In Rhode Island, "only 5 percent of ozone pollution is from local or in-state sources. . . Ninety-five percent comes from outside of our borders, particularly the Midwest."
True for R.I., not for U.S.
"This is the first time in our state, and one of the first times in the country, where benefit reductions . . . has happened to people who are retired."
$8 million? Try nearly $13 million.
Central Falls "schools are overfunded by state money by as much as $8 million."
Claim fizzles under scrutiny
American Beverage Association
"The new beverage tax will increase the cost of sodas, juice drinks, sports drinks, iced teas, and flavored water up to 50%."
Only if you're a "vendor."
"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."
It's all about longevity
When you compare our state pension system "to other systems throughout the country, our benefits are not gold-plated. They are not rich. They are actually average or below average."
Claim is more bloated than our youth
"About 22 percent of adults in Rhode Island and approximately 30 percent of youth (ages 10-17) are considered obese."
Check your source
"Last year it was discovered that Rhode Island's public employees ranked 4th in average pay, while the private sector ranked 23rd."
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