Statements about Government Efficiency

"The increase in the garbage tax that [Mayor Allan Fung] imposed in Cranston for some people has been as much as $200."

"I’m running the second-largest county district attorney’s office … at 1985 staffing levels."

On the last night of the General Assembly, "by 11 o'clock 95 to 98 percent of the business was done. So we really didn't have that late-night session. We were just holding on one bill."

"My Treasury team eliminated a 900-case backlog in the Crime Victim Compensation Program."

A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans and 56 percent of Democrats "say the biggest threat to our nation's security is big government."

In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

"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."

After hiring a campaign manager in 2006, "I got this $100 and something fee ... for hazardous materials."  

"The average rate of fraud" in the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps programs "is 20 to 25 percent."  

Gov. Scott Walker bought "80 new, brand-new vehicles" for the state that "we probably don’t need."

Says in the last five years "Senate Republicans have placed a filibuster on every piece of legislation and every nominee."

Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."

"Ninety six percent of employers in the Granite State are considered small businesses."

Forty-six states have a line-item veto for the governor.

"There are still tens of thousands of missing service members from previous and current conflicts that our nation is working to find and repatriate."  

Says every day of a special session costs taxpayers $40,000.

"Only in Washington would politicians spend $27 million to teach Moroccans how to make pottery."

"Obamacare … carries on even under a government shutdown."

Says HJM 20 "was the only bill not assigned to a House committee."

Says the reasoning behind Portland's high water and sewer rates is "all kinds of ’pet projects’ unrelated to the core function of the water and sewer bureaus"

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