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."
Numbers went up. Why is less clear.
"Since I took office in January 2011, we have created 11,100 Rhode Island-based jobs."
One did, and he ignores sponsored amendments
"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."
But DEM says hunting rules don't apply if they are "culling"
Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.
Quonset tenants kick in
"We’ve had the private sector more than double the investment that was made by the public sector" at Quonset Business Park.
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."
But not during the regular season
"The (New England) Patriots were led by an explosive offense that scored the second most points in the NFL."
Low temps, high taxes
"You don’t see Norway losing population, and its taxes are astronomical."
Wrong date, wrong allegation
"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."
We're Number 183!
"Of all cities in the United States with more than 100,000 people, Providence is the 183rd safest."
Key issue: whether warming due to 'natural patterns'
"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."
Physicians, fix thy statistics
"Rhode Island’s teen binge drinking rate is double the national average."
Hyperbole aside, he may be on target
"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."
At least since 1996
The town of Cumberland has "its highest bond rating in history."
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