Statements about State Budget
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 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."
"Connecticut's take on slot machines is 25 cents on the dollar. And the state's take on table games: zero."
"By voting to approve [Question 1], we can . . . save 900 jobs" at Twin River.
"People who wash cars at home will use approximately 80 percent more water than they do in a car wash."
Rhode Island has the "worst maintained bridges in the United States of America . . . and we have the second worst maintained roads [behind] Alaska."
"When these [undocumented] students graduate from college, they're still illegal aliens. They cannot get a job."
"We have to recognize that our salaries for faculty are the lowest in New England with the exception of the University of Maine."
If Rhode Island raises the meal and beverage tax to 10 percent, it would be the "fourth-highest in the nation."
Says when Rhode Island Lottery was proposed, "state residents were enticed to vote for it with the promise that the money would be used for education."
"There are a lot of casinos across the country that have gone bankrupt."
"They're saying that 40 percent of the traffic that goes over [the Sakonnet River Bridge is from] out of state."
"We aren't the only state cutting back on public television."
"We got [the Quonset Business Park] for free and we’re getting zero dollars out of it into the state coffers … other than the fact that it produces the jobs."
"Rhode Island already gets more revenue per capita from gambling than any other state in the country."
"Eighty-five percent . . . of Rhode Island tax returns that were filed for the year 2010 . . . were from individuals who earned $30,000 or less."
"If they made no changes whatsoever, the [state employees pension] plan still had enough money to go forward for approximately the next 16 years."
Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo "raised the mortality rate from 65 to 87" and "used a 1994 annuity chart" to create the pension crisis.
"The State of Rhode Island has the worst state-funded pension in the country."
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