The latest statements we've reviewed for PolitiFact Rhode Island
Rhode Island is "almost dead last" among Northeastern states in the length of time first-degree murderers must spend in prison before they’re eligible for parole.
"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."
"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."
Of minimum wage workers in Rhode Island "only 14 percent serve as sole income earner for their family."
"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."
"Since I took office in January 2011, we have created 11,100 Rhode Island-based jobs."
"Of the 20 bills [Rep. David] Cicilline has sponsored in his three years in office, not a single one has advanced past the embryonic committee stage."
Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.
"We’ve had the private sector more than double the investment that was made by the public sector" at Quonset Business Park.
The General Assembly "has no explicit constitutional authority to impose income, sales, estate and the myriad of other taxes upon us."
"The (New England) Patriots were led by an explosive offense that scored the second most points in the NFL."
"You don’t see Norway losing population, and its taxes are astronomical."
"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."
"Of all cities in the United States with more than 100,000 people, Providence is the 183rd safest."
"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."
"Rhode Island’s teen binge drinking rate is double the national average."
"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."
The town of Cumberland has "its highest bond rating in history."
Passing a federal firearms "background check through the NICS database . . . typically takes 90 seconds."
"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."
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