Statements we say are Half-True
If Rhode Island raises the meal and beverage tax to 10 percent, it would be the "fourth-highest in the nation."
"We have $60 billion in 2010 in Medicare fraud."
"One out of four of our young people say they are victims of this (dating) violence."
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."
"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."
"Sheldon Whitehouse's failure of leadership, the adding of almost $8 trillion in debt in his first full term, is shameful..."
"[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."
"In Connecticut and New York, students at Achievement First schools consistently outperform city and statewide averages."
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.’’
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."
"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."
Central Falls "schools are overfunded by state money by as much as $8 million."
"The new beverage tax will increase the cost of sodas, juice drinks, sports drinks, iced teas, and flavored water up to 50%."
"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."
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."
"About 22 percent of adults in Rhode Island and approximately 30 percent of youth (ages 10-17) are considered obese."
"Last year it was discovered that Rhode Island's public employees ranked 4th in average pay, while the private sector ranked 23rd."
"Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States, and Rhode Island has the second-highest incidence of this disease in the country."
Secure Communities "has a proven track record of enhancing public safety by focusing on violent offenders and those that pose a threat to our communities and our national security."
"Every dropout costs us $72,000 for the life of that person."
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