Tracking the promises of Lincoln Chafee

Browse the Linc-O-Meter:


PolitiFact Rhode Island has compiled promises that Lincoln Chafee made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Linc-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Linc-O-Meter page for more details on our ratings.)

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Will protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

The Promise:

Chafee "supports . . . non-discrimination policies and laws, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, freedom of gender expression . . "

Update: Protecting rights of gays, transgendered, bisexual was hallmark of Chafeeā€™s term

Will create more open and competitive procurement process at the state and municipal levels

The Promise:

My administration will also update the prices in the state’s Master Pricing List and make it accessible to municipalities. This will create a more open and competitive procurement process, resulting in an economy of scale that will benefit taxpayers at both the municipal and state levels.

Update: Master price list stays updated, searching easier

Conduct nationwide competition to solicit job creation proposals

The Promise:

Chafee will "Conduct a nationwide business plan competition (similar to a Request for Proposal (RFP) process) that solicits innovative job creation proposals from compelling businesses and entrepreneurs interested in establishing, relocating or expanding their business in Rhode Island."

Update: Chafee proposed business competition that already existed

Simplify business tax system

The Promise:

"We will take action to simplify the business tax system and plan for a sustainable state budget."

Update: Chafee has taken steps toward simplifying tax code, planning 'sustainable' budget

Develop a Middle College program

The Promise:

"I will develop a new Middle College Program. [The program] will give many more students, especially those enrolled in career-oriented trade schools, the opportunity to attain a quality education and full employment."

Update: Chafee vision for Middle College fails to make the grade

Give independent contract workers access to the state system to enforce wage claims.

The Promise:

Give independent contract workers "access to Department of Labor and Training (DLT) procedures to enforce wage claims."

Update: Independent contractors still out of luck when it comes to tapping into the state's wages collection

Complete renovation of Cranston Street Armory

The Promise:

"Complete the renovation of the historic, state-owned, 165,000-square-foot Cranston Street Armory, followed by the relocation there of three of the state agencies currently holding high-rent leases with private landlords."

Update: Chafee isn't going to get Armory renovated, occupied

Direct Economic Development Corporation to develop library for small businesses to help them make business decisions

The Promise:

Chafee has pledged to direct the EDC to “create a library of information to allow small businesses to have access to the same information large businesses have in making business decisions. ... These databases are usually only financially available to large businesses, leaving small businesses at a disadvantage. This approach has doubled the number of jobs and tripled sales tax revenues in similar businesses where it has been implemented."

Update: Nearly three years later, still no library for small businesses

Issue executive order on ethics on first day in office

The Promise:

"I will issue a strong executive order on ethics on my first day of office. I will attack the culture of corruption and cronyism that hinders job creation starting on my first day in office. I will demand the highest standards of appropriate behavior. This executive order will designate one individual as the contact person for all state and municipal employees, as well as private citizens, to contact with concerns about unethical behavior involving state and local government."

Update: Update: Chafee's ethics liaison continues to field ethics queries

Lower taxes on personal income and corporate profits when economy improves

The Promise:

"When the economy improves, Chafee backs lowering taxes on personal income and corporate profits."

Update: Chafee pushing for lower corporate tax, no cut in personal income tax proposed

Grant same-sex couples same rights that heterosexual couples have in adoption, foster care, etc.

The Promise:

Chafee "supports . . .  same-sex parenting rights."

Update: Executive order cleared parenting rights for same-sex couples

Develop master plan for use of state-owned property

The Promise:

"Development of a Master Property Utilization Plan that will clearly and transparently lay out a new vision for state-owned properties. This plan will conceive of the Pastore Complex in Cranston as a centrally located, mass-transit-accessible 'government services mall,' supported by three regional hubs in Blackstone Valley, Bristol County and South County."

Update: Can't have a 'master plan' without putting it in writing

Make major infrastructure improvements, including super high-speed Internet access

The Promise:

"Clustering our economic development strategy will allow us to create a critical mass for growth. In addition, we can target major infrastructure improvements, such as super high-speed Internet connectivity, that will attract businesses just as traditional transportation systems attract business."

Update: Chafee keeps the ball rolling on super-high-speed Internet

Will audit all economic development tax deals

The Promise:

"I will conduct audits of all economic development tax deals. We need to stop the bleeding of state resources through tax credit programs that have no discernible impact."

Update: Tax credit audits a work in progress

Give independent contract workers access to the state system to enforce wage claims.

The Promise:

Give independent contract workers "access to Department of Labor and Training (DLT) procedures to enforce wage claims."

Update: Legislation to help freelance workers under development for 2013 General Assembly session