Statements about Economy

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

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

"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."

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

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."

Peter Kilmartin voted for the 38 Studios loan guarantee and his State House job was to "twist [legislator’s] arms to vote for deals like this."

I turned "a $110 million deficit into a $1.6 million surplus for our city."

"Fifty percent of Americans will go hungry at some time in their lives."

The Pell bridge "is a tourism bridge essentially and not a commuter bridge."

"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."

"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."  

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