Tax power unstated, but all too real
The General Assembly "has no explicit constitutional authority to impose income, sales, estate and the myriad of other taxes upon us."
Coach slam-dunks others on pay
The highest paid employee of the State of Rhode Island is a basketball coach.
Water, water everywhere
If sea levels rise six feet due to climate change, Waterplace Park in Providence and Wickford village would be swamped
If it's good for the goose . . .
Under Obamacare, members of Congress are required to purchase their health insurance from the new exchanges.
They’ve got ‘em covered
"They’ve seen employer-supported coverage increase in Massachusetts after this law (Romneycare) was implemented."
Report offers best estimate
"The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan office, did an analysis and said that passing comprehensive immigration reform will reduce the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next decade."
She's right. Stokes was so, so wrong.
Economic Development Commission Executive Director Keith Stokes "sent me a letter and he said the taxpayers will never be on the hook for these bonds" for 38 Studios.
This General Assembly doesn't come cheap
"We have one of the most expensive General Assemblies, per capita, in the entire country."
Lots of boots on the ground
North Korea has a "substantial standing army, one of the largest, certainly the largest per capita, in the world."
"If you are a federally licensed gun dealer and your license is revoked because you've engaged in misconduct ... your entire inventory under prevailing law is deemed your personal collection. You then can sell it free from any background checks."
It’s now up to 31 percent
Ban the Box RI
"In Rhode Island, 28 percent of adults released from state prisons are re-incarcerated within a year."
SAT claim scores high
"Do you know that, statistically, when you take the SAT a second time, one third of the people that take the SAT, even if they've been studying, will get a lower score than they did the first time around?"
Vote early but not often
"In 32 other states and Washington D.C., they [voters] can avoid the wait by voting before Election Day."
CVS got 59 percent of the total
Of six Rhode Island tax-credit programs worth about $35 million, "three companies got 90 percent of that -- CVS and two companies not even located in the state of Rhode Island."
Make that at least two and a half decades
The state budget proposal has been submitted "on time and [it's] the earliest that a governor has done so in over two decades."
When the wind blows, the price will drop
"Did U know? Block Island Wind Farm would mean 40% est. drop in BI electric rates."
A sign of things to come?
"The five economic indicators that the federal government tracks - for the first time since August 2006 - were positive this October."
Green industries are a gusher for U.S. jobs
"We have more people working in clean and green energy than in oil and gas in this country."
Released felons can - and do - vote
Three thousand felons voted in Rhode Island in 2008.
The record backs him up
"The truth is David Cicilline voted for tougher laws against child abusers, domestic abusers and abusers of the elderly."
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