Taveras administration's changes weren't small
"The pension fund in the city of Providence is only 30 percent funded, about the same level as when he [Taveras] took office."
Except this year, and trend is down
American LeadHERship PAC
"There have been at least 100 shootings each year [Angel Taveras] has been mayor" of Providence.
We’ll drink to that
"My campaign alone has created more jobs in the state of Rhode Island than Narragansett Beer."
But benchmarks vary
Rhode Island's state pension system "underperformed the median three out of the four years that Mr. [Frank] Caprio was in office."
Cue "Pomp and Circumstance"
"Providence graduation rates are up."
City whittling down $231 million shortfall
Cranston's 2014-2015 "budget funds 100 percent of the local police and fire pension and other retiree benefit costs."
Mixes recent characterizations with old donations
Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung "donated to Democrats like Congressman David Cicilline, disgraced (House) speaker Gordon Fox and even Mr. Obamacare, Harry Reid."
True for individuals, not always for families
In the 1950s and 1960s, "the minimum wage was such that it would lift you out of poverty."
Supported by old data, one robocall poll
"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."
UPDATED: New Mexico is the exception
"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."
It was more like $70 million
"The budget I managed at the Department of Education was more than $60 million."
With traditional CPI, the difference is even greater.
"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."
Good numbers were hard to find
"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."
But not during the regular season
Rhode Island Senate
"The (New England) Patriots were led by an explosive offense that scored the second most points in the NFL."
Low temps, high taxes
"You don’t see Norway losing population, and its taxes are astronomical."
We're Number 183!
"Of all cities in the United States with more than 100,000 people, Providence is the 183rd safest."
Key issue: whether warming due to 'natural patterns'
"61 percent of non-tea party Republicans actually agree...there is 'solid evidence the earth is warming,' ...[but] 70 percent of tea partiers, contrarily, say there is 'no solid evidence' the earth is warming."
Hyperbole aside, he may be on target
"The vast, overwhelming majority of [crimes that occur with a firearm] are committed by people who don’t legally possess that firearm in the first place."
At least since 1996
The town of Cumberland has "its highest bond rating in history."
Paperwork takes a bit longer
Passing a federal firearms "background check through the NICS database . . . typically takes 90 seconds."
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