Woonsocket teachers’ union raps Baldelli-Hunt for switch on taxes
The Woonsocket Teachers Guild has released a statement criticizing state Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt for reversing her support for the city’s supplemental tax increase:
The union’s statement is headlined: “Woonsocket Representative Fiddles as Woonsocket’s Schools Crumble.”
“The obvious use of this crisis to make or break political careers by using schoolchildren as pawns rather than coming up with a workable solution is unforgivable”, stated Jeffrey Partington, President of the Woonsocket Teachers’ Guild. Partington stated, “If Woonsocket’s Representatives don’t like the supplemental tax, I understand, it is painful for the taxpayers. But if not this then what? If Representative Baldelli-Hunt cannot vote for the plan, then can we have an alternate plan? Finding out whodunit is nice, but even after we have identified the guilty, we still need a plan”, Partington added, “Leaders lead in a time of crisis; politicians look to blame someone else.”
The Woonsocket Teachers’ Guild urges Woonsocket’s Representatives to either support the supplemental tax increase as part of the solution or participate in the creation of a workable plan to fund Woonsocket Schools.
Baldelli-Hunt has denied that her position stems from a potential run for mayor. She says her opposition to the tax increase is based, in part, on unanswered questions about Woonsocket’s fiscal crisis.