Statements about Workers
"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."
"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."
"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."
Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."
"We have created new jobs here in Cranston -- more than 1,000."
"The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan office, did an analysis and said that passing comprehensive immigration reform will reduce the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next decade."
In Rhode Island, 9 percent of workers use the state's temporary disability insurance program each year while in New Jersey, the rate is only 3 percent.
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."
"Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."
"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."
Employers and schools have no right to conduct "surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle."
"By voting to approve [Question 1], we can . . . save 900 jobs" at Twin River.
Women "earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in the same position."
Most tips left at Dunkin’ Donuts don’t go to employees.
"When these [undocumented] students graduate from college, they're still illegal aliens. They cannot get a job."
"Every poll you see, the overwhelming majority of people want [E-Verify]."
"If you look at states that are right to work, they constantly do not have budget deficits and they have very good business climates."
"If they made no changes whatsoever, the [state employees pension] plan still had enough money to go forward for approximately the next 16 years."
"The job [of correctional officer] lowers your life expectancy . . . Metropolitan did a study in, I believe it was 1998, and the life expectancy was 58."
"Sixty-percent of the state retirees...don’t get Social Security.’’
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