Have a happy and proud Independence Day weekend. Now is the time to celebrate America’s great and noble ideals. Sadly in the Ocean State, the political class has taken too much from hard-working Rhode Island families and businesses. The chosen few have benefited from the broken system, while the rest of us have suffered.
Now, Rhode Island lawmakers will return this summer, and decide the fate of our state for a century to come. The status quo budget approach – tax, spend, and borrow – will not work in response to this pandemic crisis.
The budget problems we face did not come down from the heavens. They were government-made and they can be reversed. Lawmakers should not feel helpless, nor should they rely on the federal government. Many states are taking proactive steps to prepare their state economies for rapid recovery… and we must do the same.
This Independence Day weekend, state lawmakers should remember the ideals that made our country strong. They cannot look at your family as an endless source of revenue. Instead, our elected officials must remember who they really work for— the people of our state.