Abolition of the toll is not in the law
The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority "was supposed to exist only until the bonds used to build the Newport Bridge were paid off through tolls. Once the bonds were paid, the Newport Bridge was to be transferred to the State of Rhode Island and become toll-free."
UPDATE: In R.I., wind power cheaper than solar
Offshore wind power is "significantly less expensive than solar energy."
Not the deep ocean
The oceans "have become 30 percent more acidic."
Many measures, each flawed
"Rhode Island has a [inmate] recidivism rate of over 60 percent."
"RIPTA has really some of the fullest buses for its transit agency size around the country."
Small percentage of U.K. police are armed
"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."
Newest data close to mark
"If you are black or brown, you are nine times more likely to be stopped and frisked" in New York City.
When students leave our high schools and they go to the community college, 70-75 percent of them have to pay to take remedial math.
"Rhode Island could tell you who has a camper, but we couldn't figure out who has a gun."
No reefer madness here
In annual surveys of Rhode Island communities that receive Drug Free community grants, many report that more than 50 percent of youth surveyed do not think daily marijuana use poses any serious risk of harm.
Voters can't master the master lever
"More than 9,000 Rhode Island voters used the Moderate Party master lever mechanism and they didn't have a single Moderate on their ballot."
True for Newport, less so for Providence
Tide gauges measuring sea level in Rhode Island since 1930 have risen "maybe about 10 inches since that time."
But a constitutional amendment isn't the issue
"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."
Is shorter session better?
"Eleven states complete their [legislative] sessions within three calendar months, and another five only meet biennially."
Feds didn't give up control
Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.
Not all problem gamblers are gambling addicts
"There’s at least 7,500 addicted gamblers in Rhode Island, at least, … it could be as high as 22,000."
Update: New ruling after additional evidence on loan repayment
"The Providence Economic Development Partnership . . .which you [Cicilline] chaired, loaned $103,000 in taxpayer funds to one of your campaign workers. The worker never paid back the loan."
No debating high taxes
Providence has "amongst the highest tax rate(s) in the entire country."
It's 22 months, not 24
"When President Obama took office, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. Now we've had job growth, I think, for 24 consecutive months."
75 years from NOW, not 2033.
"For Social Security, which is projected to remain solvent through 2033, Whitehouse has cosponsored [a bill that] . . . would extend the life of the program by an additional 75 years."
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