Rhode Island Government Budgets as if Stealing Play Money

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Patricia Morgan’s op-ed in yesterday’s Providence Journal lists a handful of the items in the latest state government budget that will represent new money taken from our pockets:

As we look back on this legislative year, one phrase comes to mind: “It’s easy to spend other people’s money.” The political majority trumpeted Rhode Island’s $8.9 billion budget as spending that would improve the lives of citizens. But it’s hardly austere, especially when compared with the financial challenges that average families have endured for the past nine years. …

For me, this session was another missed opportunity, and our citizens deserved better.

I’d go a step farther and suggest that it was continued theft.  Sure, the politicians in power have multiple rationales by which to convince themselves that they’re governing, rather than stealing, but they have no track record of success to substantiate that delusion, and they repeatedly offer evidence of self-dealing that brings the whole system into doubt.  Really: If they think this type of government is a benefit to the state and its people, then they must, by implication, believe that we’d reduce ourselves to barbarism and destitution were it not for them.

Rhode Island’s problems get more and more clear, and as they do, people decide whether to try to get in on the system or to leave.  Some set out to change it, but it’s a difficult fight that often seems more like missionary work.



  • ShannonEntropy

    The political majority trumpeted Rhode Island’s $8.9 billion budget as spending that would improve the lives of citizens.

    The State’s spending is just mind·boggling … with just over a million citizens that $8.9 billion budget works out to about $9,000 for every man, woman & child here … $36K for a family of four. The *entire* median income here for that same family is $56,300

    And then you got your City taxes. Here in Warwick the budget is $294 million !!! With just under 83,000 residents that works out to ~$3,500 per person … so that same family of four needs to cough up *** $14,000 *** !!!

    I realize that some of the bucks come from Uncle Sam ,, lottery tickets Twin River etc ,, gas & sales taxes etc …

    … but the total amount of gum·mint spending as a proportion of our gross production is WAY out of line. And yet rents keep soaring and traffic keeps getting worse every year

    I always thought living in a Land of Mystery would be inner·resting
    … this is ridiculous

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