Statements about State Finances
"Although the governor doubled the beach fees . . . all the money, as we found out, is all going to an out-of-state company. The state isn't even getting the money for that."
Peter Kilmartin voted for the 38 Studios loan guarantee and his State House job was to "twist [legislator’s] arms to vote for deals like this."
The Pell bridge "is a tourism bridge essentially and not a commuter bridge."
"My Treasury team eliminated a 900-case backlog in the Crime Victim Compensation Program."
"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."
"We’ve had the private sector more than double the investment that was made by the public sector" at Quonset Business Park.
"Only 25 percent of what people buy is subject to Rhode Island’s sales tax."
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.
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."
Since Gina Raimondo took office, investment fees on the state's pension portfolio "have gone up from about $12 million annually to about $50 million."
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."
"Our welfare system now consumes 42 percent of our budget."
"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.
Rhode Island has the "worst maintained bridges in the United States of America . . . and we have the second worst maintained roads [behind] Alaska."
Decriminalizing marijuana "will save the state anywhere from $4 (million) to $11 million dollars."
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