No objection made
The Rhode Island Parole Board "never received an objection from the attorney general" to the parole of convicted murder Alfred Brissette.
912 claims resolved, nearly $682,000 paid out
"My Treasury team eliminated a 900-case backlog in the Crime Victim Compensation Program."
Take it to the bank -- if you have one
"In Rhode Island today, 25 percent of our households either don't have a bank account at all, or they have a bank account and they're still relying on high-cost financial services like payday loans, pawn shop check cashing and so on."
Statistic itself is premature
"Pregnant women who stand for five to six hours at a time increase their risk of pre-term pregnancy by 80 percent."
Closer to 7 percent in 2013
In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."
Your own report says otherwise
"A grant for $5,000 [from the Governor’s Workforce Board] went to teach an employee at a company that makes ornamental business card holders how to use Facebook and Twitter."
Supported by old data, one robocall poll
"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."
Puff, the Magic . . . Whoa!
"Today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent more potent than the pot of yesteryear."
UPDATED: New Mexico is the exception
"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."
$42 fee was eliminated last year
After hiring a campaign manager in 2006, "I got this $100 and something fee ... for hazardous materials."
Numbers add up
In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.
Dismissed for cause
Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."
Evidence hazy at best
"Marijuana contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco."
Seventy-five percent of the young adults in this country are not mentally or physically fit to serve.
It was more like $70 million
"The budget I managed at the Department of Education was more than $60 million."
What’s the meaning of life?
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.
With traditional CPI, the difference is even greater.
"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."
Some "jobs" bills actually involve jobs
"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."
The bare minimum
Of minimum wage workers in Rhode Island "only 14 percent serve as sole income earner for their family."
Good numbers were hard to find
"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."
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