Statements about Workers
"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.’’
"If Rhode Island does a hybrid [retirement] plan we’ll be the first state in the nation to do this.’’
"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."
"Under Governor Almond the RI DMV had a program that allowed undocumented [people to] use their Personal Tax Identification Number . . . to apply [for] and receive a RI driver’s license."
"In the past six years alone, changes to the pension formula … have saved over half a billion dollars."
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."
"Public sentiment in favor of collective bargaining and in favor of the unions has actually gone up as these governors, I think, have overreached and gone too far and tried to destroy the labor movement."
"Last year it was discovered that Rhode Island's public employees ranked 4th in average pay, while the private sector ranked 23rd."
"Rhode Island has a very generous unemployment compensation rate compared to most other states."
In Rhode Island "there are 150 different pension plans for public workers."
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