Statements about Economy

"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."

Of six Rhode Island tax-credit programs worth about $35 million, "three companies got 90 percent of that -- CVS and two companies not even located in the state of Rhode Island."

"The amount of money that we put into running our own state legislature is nearly as much as we put into the University of Rhode Island."

"Our numbers are going up at the airport."

"If the House of Representatives fails to extend the middle-class tax cuts, 400,000 middle-class Rhode Island families will see their federal income taxes increase."

"In recent years, menhaden numbers along our coast have plummeted by 90 percent."

"The five economic indicators that the federal government tracks - for the first time since August 2006 - were positive this October."

"We have more people working in clean and green energy than in oil and gas in this country."  

"Sheldon Whitehouse [got] a secret closed-door briefing, warning of the [2008 economic] crash."

Sheldon Whitehouse voted for a "$525-billion tax increase on the middle class."

"Connecticut's take on slot machines is 25 cents on the dollar. And the state's take on table games:  zero."

"There are more oil rigs in operation in the United States than the rest of the world combined."

"Under the Obama administration, we are drilling and producing more domestic energy supplies than we ever had before."

"By voting to approve [Question 1], we can . . . save 900 jobs" at Twin River.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse "rewarded Wall Street executives with millions in bonuses."

"The auditor [for the city of Providence] was not locked out" of access to the city's finances.

U.S. military uniforms are manufactured in China.

"When President Obama took office, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. Now we've had job growth, I think, for 24 consecutive months."

Rhode Island has "the most burdensome level of health-insurance mandates in the nation."

In June 2012 "we actually had more people go on Social Security Disability [85,000] ... than the 80,000 jobs that were created."

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