Statements about State Budget
"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."
"This is the first time in our state, and one of the first times in the country, where benefit reductions . . . has happened to people who are retired."
"Health care is the greatest contribution to spending increases in the state budget."
"Mayor Fung wants to punish our children's education by removing 12 million dollars from current funding to pay for his private charter school. Your taxes would increase by between 6 and 8 percent per year."
"The studies have shown us that [drug testing for welfare recipients] will be saving us money"
Rhode Island spends "52 percent more per capita on human service programs than the national average."
"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."
Proposed fees for Rhode Island beaches will still be "less than some of the town beaches."
"We’re paying out-of-state residential facilities hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more," to house children in state custody
When you compare our state pension system "to other systems throughout the country, our benefits are not gold-plated. They are not rich. They are actually average or below average."
The law has not established whether Rhode Island public employees have property rights to their pensions.
"The most significant driver of out-migration [from Rhode Island] is the estate tax."
"Illegal aliens cost the state of Rhode Island $400 million a year."
Rhode Island spends less than 10 percent of what the average state spends promoting tourism.
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