Rhode Island’s Political Leaders Are Failing on Their Promise to Help Average Families

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At $888 per year for each of Rhode Island’s 1 million residents, a family of four is paying over $3,500 annually for excessive compensation deals for government workers, while the basic needs of their own families are being ignored by politicians.
With almost two-thirds of these excessive costs being heaped upon municipal taxpayers, the report further estimates that property taxes could be reduced by 25% if more reasonable, market-based collective bargaining agreements were negotiated.
People have lost trust in their government and are fed up with betrayals from lawmakers who have forgotten them, who cater only to special-interest concerns. Lawmakers make it ever-harder for people to take care of their families and reside in Rhode Island.
For these reasons, Rhode Island is not keeping pace with the rest of the nation when it comes to jobs and population growth. After 10 years of perhaps the slowest economic recovery among all states, Rhode Island’s political leaders are failing on their promises to help the average family.
Instead, by heaping more privileges upon those who help get them elected, politicians continue to lose the trust of the people, who are also losing hope for their state.

These tragic circumstances have conspired to make it a virtual certainty that the Ocean State will lose a prized U.S. congressional seat after the 2020 national census because of its stagnant population growth. 


  • D. S. Crockett

    Mike: You complain, complain, complain, but offer no remedy, except to elect more Republicans, which would accomplish nothing. Negotiate better collective government contracts, please. The one remedy is to starve the beast. Force the GA to put on the ballot two-binding referendums 1) eliminate the state income tax; 2) cap state wide property taxes. Let’s see where the voters stand? No money, no more excesses. First order of business could be a petition and or legal strategy whichever is necessary to come first. Either our citizens want their state back or they don’t? Let’s call it RiXIT. Sorry folks for being repetitive, but let’s see if our self-appointed saviors have the brains or intestinal fortitude to carry off the rescue?

    • Rhett Hardwick

      I fear D.S. is correct, no Republicans, who could get elected in RI, would attempt to accomplish much.

      • Jimmy Adams

        And you know this how?

        • Rhett Hardwick

          Well, look around us. Massachusetts has the most popular governor in the country. He claims to be Republican, but I think it is safe to assume that his 13th chromosome is not shaped like an elephant. I think the same would be true in RI. There being practically no Republican base, a candidate would have to appeal to Democratic values. Those values seem to be “more of the same”.

    • ShannonEntropy

      Give the guy a break D.S. …despite its motto this State is Hopeless and Mike means well but what’s a body to do ??

      Your solution reminds me the ol’ “Belling The Cat” fable

      My ‘solution’ is to “take the Honk pill”; go enjoy the beaches & bars & strip clubs; and *laugh!* at the ridiculousness of our GA

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOuOQmO7Vmk

      • Rhett Hardwick

        “motto this State is”

        Everything falls off the truck in Rhode Island.

        • Rhett Hardwick

          My father always suggested that the motto should be: “The bell tolls for thee”.

  • D. S. Crockett

    It appears Rhode Island has a property tax cap of 5%. If correct, then the cap must be reduced to 1% since the former figure is virtue signaling by the GA only.

    • ShannonEntropy

      Actually it’s 4% See: RIGL §44-5-2.b

      That’s gonna cost Chez Entropy another $540

      That’s seventeen 1.75L bottles of Bombay Sapphire Gin®… nearly a three month supply :^(

  • Jimmy Adams

    First, electing more Republicans will at least balance the playing field against a Democrat monopoly in this state of hopelessness. The Democrats have been in charge for many decades, and have put us close to, or, in last place in every category. Second, people who believe that politicians care about their contituents are naive. Third, a good start is to abolish the general fund and prohibit unions from donating money to any political party.
    I think George Patton had it right when he said that “All politicians are scum, but liberal democrats are the lowest form of politician.”

    • D. S. Crockett

      Respectfully, the use of the term “Leftist” would be more appropriate since liberalism references those like minded people who believe in individual liberty. The founders were classical liberals.

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