Statements about States
"The average age of first marijuana use is 12."
Rhode Island has "the most burdensome level of health-insurance mandates in the nation."
"Rhode Islanders pay among the highest auto repair bills in the nation."
"Unemployment rate dropped in every state that elected a Republican gov. in 2010"
"Rhode Island’s exports have increased by 53 percent in the last two years."
"This is the only state in the country that bypassed the General Assembly to authorize [in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants]."
"There are a lot of casinos across the country that have gone bankrupt."
"Rhode Island is the only state where officers at state-supported [colleges] carry out their duties unarmed."
Rhode Island has the "the second-most heavily deployed National Guard in the United States."
After Arizona banned smoking in "all public places" in 2007, "admissions for acute myocardial infarction … stroke, asthma, [and] angina decreased following the implementation of the ban."
"If you look at states that are right to work, they constantly do not have budget deficits and they have very good business climates."
"Rhode Island is leading our nation in foreclosures."
In Rhode Island, "only 5 percent of ozone pollution is from local or in-state sources. . . Ninety-five percent comes from outside of our borders, particularly the Midwest."
"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."
"Voted the ‘best specialty plate in America’"
"Rhode Island continues to have the highest rates of substance abuse in the country."
"What we have now is the most generous, in my opinion, 'good time' bill in the entire United States."
"The most significant driver of out-migration [from Rhode Island] is the estate tax."
Rhode Island spends less than 10 percent of what the average state spends promoting tourism.
"Rhode Island has a very generous unemployment compensation rate compared to most other states."
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