Statements about Economy

"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."

"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."

After hiring a campaign manager in 2006, "I got this $100 and something fee ... for hazardous materials."  

Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."

"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."  

"Since I took office in January 2011, we have created 11,100 Rhode Island-based jobs."

"We’ve had the private sector more than double the investment that was made by the public sector" at Quonset Business Park.

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"Only 25 percent of what people buy is subject to Rhode Island’s sales tax."

Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."

"We have created new jobs here in Cranston -- more than 1,000."

"Wind power is the most undependable form of renewable energy."

"The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan office, did an analysis and said that passing comprehensive immigration reform will reduce the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next decade."

The ocean is now "much more acidic . . . than it has been for many millions of years."

The oceans "have become 30 percent more acidic."

Farming is "one of the fastest growing areas of our economy."

Economic Development Commission Executive Director Keith Stokes "sent me a letter and he said the taxpayers will never be on the hook for these bonds" for 38 Studios.

"Rhode Island has a [inmate] recidivism rate of over 60 percent."

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