The latest statements we've reviewed for PolitiFact Rhode Island

"Before I was state treasurer, my Rhode Island business helped create over 1,000 jobs."

Sen. Jack Reed "cast the deciding vote in the Senate for the Affordable Care Act."

The cost of "college education has gone up 1,200 percent since 1978."

"The per-pupil cost in the [Blackstone Valley Prep] Mayoral Academy far outweighs the per-pupil cost in Cumberland public schools."

Rhode Island's state pension system "underperformed the median three out of the four years that Mr. [Frank] Caprio was in office."

"The increase in the garbage tax that [Mayor Allan Fung] imposed in Cranston for some people has been as much as $200."

"If you look at what we’ve done over the last several years, the crime rate has actually gone down in [Providence] and . . . the number of shootings has been going down."

There are "approximately 20,000 annual gun purchases in Rhode Island."  

"Providence graduation rates are up."

"Although the governor doubled the beach fees . . . all the money, as we found out, is all going to an out-of-state company. The state isn't even getting the money for that."

On the last night of the General Assembly, "by 11 o'clock 95 to 98 percent of the business was done. So we really didn't have that late-night session. We were just holding on one bill."

Cranston's 2014-2015 "budget funds 100 percent of the local police and fire pension and other retiree benefit costs."

"There are already more American jobs in the solar industry than in coal mining."

Republican candidate for governor Ken Block was "fined and had to admit that (he) funneled money illegally to the Moderate Party."

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung "donated to Democrats like Congressman David Cicilline, disgraced (House) speaker Gordon Fox and even Mr. Obamacare, Harry Reid."

The Senate proposal to restore emergency unemployment benefits for five months was "fully paid for."

"The average age of the minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

In the 1950s and 1960s, "the minimum wage was such that it would lift you out of poverty."

Ken "Block supports Obamacare."

"Rhode Island has the highest dropout rate in New England at twenty-three percent."

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