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RI tax battles move toward center stage

March 21, 2012

Rhode Islanders for Tax Equity, the liberal coalition pushing for tax increases on those who earn more than $250,000 a year, is out with a new video. The theme — complete with footage of former Speaker William Murphy at the rostrum — is that tax breaks for the well-to-to have failed to create jobs.

In a news release, RITE offers this quote from RI AFL-CIO President George Nee:

When the General Assembly passed the alternative flat tax in 2006, they said it was going to help create jobs and stimulate our economy. Six years later, unemployment is 10.9%, third highest in the country. We have the fourth highest property tax rate in the country. Funding for cities and towns has been drastically reduced. Roads and bridges are crumbling. Important services for the elderly, developmentally disabled and homeless residents have been slashed. Hidden taxes like beach fees and college tuition increases are disproportionately hurting lower and middle class Rhode Islanders. And the wealthy just keep getting wealthier, even though they failed to live up to their end of the bargain. This tax policy has been a miserable failure for the vast majority of hard-working Rhode Islanders. It’s time to try something new.

Meanwhile, critics of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s plan to raise the state meal and beverage tax from 8 to 10 percent are set for a Tea Party-style protest, starting at 1 pm today. The critics plan to dump tea into WaterPlace basin and then retrieve it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2012 6:59 pm

    A great video ! Please share widely. Thanks for posting Ian.

  2. Mister Guy permalink
    March 21, 2012 11:37 pm

    It’s kind of hard to blame the recent Great Recession, which smashed RI’s already fragile economy very hard for sure, on tax cuts for the wealthy. It’s not like raising taxes on those that can best afford to pay them will create more jobs & economic prosperity in RI. What this is really about is restoring the state’s abilities to pay the bills for services that its citizens want to have in the first place. It’s about basic math…tax cuts hardly ever “pay for themselves”…all they do is deny the govt. the ability to collect more revenue over time. Tax cuts for the wealthy have been implemented many times over the last 30+ years in the USA, and all they do is balloon govt. deficits & increase the gap between the rich & the poor, period.

  3. Ray Wouk permalink
    March 22, 2012 10:38 am

    Rhode Island is becoming very competitive with the rest of the country, our income tax falls in the middle of the pack, our sales tax is fairly narrow and at 7% not nearly the highest. The real issue is: “can we control real estate taxes”?wou


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