Statements about Government Efficiency

"The increase in the garbage tax that [Mayor Allan Fung] imposed in Cranston for some people has been as much as $200."

On the last night of the General Assembly, "by 11 o'clock 95 to 98 percent of the business was done. So we really didn't have that late-night session. We were just holding on one bill."

"My Treasury team eliminated a 900-case backlog in the Crime Victim Compensation Program."

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."

"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."

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

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

Forty-six states have a line-item veto for the governor.

The state budget proposal has been submitted "on time and [it's] the earliest that a governor has done so in over two decades."

"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."

"Eleven states complete their [legislative] sessions within three calendar months, and another five only meet biennially."

"Our welfare system now consumes 42 percent of our budget."

Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.

"Our tax code is . . . 80,000 pages."

Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.

"Dubious taxpayer-funded" stimulus spending -- Part II.

Rhode Island spends "52 percent more per capita on human service programs than the national average."

"Providence is one of the busiest fire departments for its relative size in the country."

The Central Falls School system "spent $100,000 on a time clock."

"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."

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