There are many reports by different organizations that clearly show how poor Rhode Island is doing. The Rhode Island Center for
Freedom and Prosperity's Report Card can be viewed here.
The Democrats have controlled our General Assembly for over 70 years. Currently they control 90% of the seats in our legislature and all 4 seats in Washington. So what have the Democrats done with this
power? They have continued to push for more taxes and have primarily
focused on social issues as Rhode Island's economy continues its
downward spiral. The 2013 budget passed by the legislature includes tax
increases on clothing, pet groomers ,taxi cab owners, and tobacco. The budget also authorized tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. This new budget was supported by the Democrat leadership in both the House and the Senate and sailed through causing more of a burden on the poor business climate in Rhode Island. Most all Republicans voted against this budget. This occurred even with warnings from the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association.
Many businesses and individuals are leaving our state. Things continue to get worse as even the food stamp roles in our state have jumped 136% in just the last 4 years which is almost double the national average! In addition, the residents of our state have had it with the cronyism and corruption that is a result of this one-party dominance.
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