Statements about State Budget

"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."

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

"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.

The highest paid employee of the State of Rhode Island is a basketball coach.

Salaries for URI faculty are second to last among New England land grant universities and in lowest 20 percent of major U.S. research institutions

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.

"We have one of the most expensive General Assemblies, per capita, in the entire country."

"RIPTA has really some of the fullest buses for its transit agency size around the country."

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."

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