Statements about State Budget
"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.
Measures taken by my administration "have saved taxpayers $1 billion."
"He's the only candidate who's balanced budgets and brought jobs to Providence."
In Rhode Island "there are 150 different pension plans for public workers."
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