Statements about Taxes

The "Buffett rule" "raises virtually no money, maybe a day and a half of our borrowing per year."

If Rhode Island raises the meal and beverage tax to 10 percent, it would be the "fourth-highest in the nation."

"The commercial property tax [in Providence] is second highest in the country behind Detroit."

"If you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it."

"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."

"I think with the exception of the last year or maybe the last two years, we were at 100 percent" when it came to contributing to the Providence pension fund.

"Our tax code is . . . 80,000 pages."

"Minimum wage = $16,000/year CEO-Goldman Sachs (Lloyd Blankfein) $16,000/Hour."

"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."

"The Tax Foundation figures Rhode Island as the 10th highest state for state and local tax burden per capita in the country. We're the 6th worst in the country for the business tax index. We're the 3rd highest per capita in the country for all taxes."

"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."

Rhode Island spends "52 percent more per capita on human service programs than the national average."

The WIC program "is an incredibly cost effective program, serving nearly 10 million Americans each year and costing less than $100 per person. In my district, more than 18 percent of residents suffer from food insecurity and depend on WIC to make ends meet."

"The new beverage tax will increase the cost of sodas, juice drinks, sports drinks, iced teas, and flavored water up to 50%."

"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."

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 richest 400 taxpayers are taxed at a lower rate than a $29,000-a-year worker

"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."

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