Statements about State Budget
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."
"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."
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