The Fitzpatrick file:
Edward Fitzpatrick

Political columnist

Edward Fitzpatrick is the political columnist at The Providence Journal, where he has covered the State House and the state and federal courts. He previously worked as a reporter at the Hartford Courant and the Albany Times Union and was city editor at The Saratogian.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Edward Fitzpatrick

"In the period from 2007 to 2011, the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner reported an 18 percent decline in the state’s total medical spending."

"The largest number of bankruptcies in our country are really as a result of health care."

Says when Rhode Island Lottery was proposed, "state residents were enticed to vote for it with the promise that the money would be used for education." 

"More than 27,000 Rhode Island jobs depend on trade with Canada."

Giant companies like Toyota will not locate in a state that has not passed a right-to-work law

"Health care is the greatest contribution to spending increases in the state budget."

"In 1976, the first year that Pell Grants were fully funded, a full Pell Grant paid 72 percent of the cost of attendance at a typical four-year public college. Today, a full Pell Grant covers just 34 percent of those costs.

"When I took office in 2003, we had very little reserves."

Measures taken by my administration "have saved taxpayers $1 billion."

"We were one of the first states in the U.S. to build sewers, to bring the treatment plant on line."

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