RI is in deep trouble with its budget deficits being predicted by the Carcieri Administration and the Democratic Legislature. Carcieri announced yesterday that his job cuts will amount to 414 real people, with the remainder being contracted workers with no union protection and currently unfilled positions. Added to that will be $50 million in cuts to social-service programs and another $50 million in “labor contract savings” by raising co-pays on health insurance premiums and lengthening the 35-hour workweek.
Carcieri has recently given tax cuts and tax credit programs to the wealthiest RIslanders and it is really not fair to the average Rhode Island taxpayer … Capital gains tax cuts, personal income tax cuts, etc.
So while he favors his rich buddies and himself, he institutes the above cuts that amount to taxes to be paid by the middle class and the poorest of RIslanders to pay for these MILLIONS in tax cuts for men like Tom Ryan who makes $24M in compensation each year.
Charlie Bakst has a good column today, and even that doesn't go far enough.
Carcieri is a total failure as governor. He beats up psychologically, economically, and spiritually the poorest among us and those who work for the largest employer in the state: public employees.
The Governor has no problem throwing nearly 500 RIslanders into the streets without jobs and has no problem cutting health protections by raising costs for insurance for thousands of other RIslanders while giving the richest RIslanders more and more access to millions of dollars in profits.
AND the democratic legislature seems to be backing him on these unconscionable actions. Where is Murphy? Montalbano? Costantino? I remember when Democrats stood up for the middle and lower classes who elected them. Not anymore. They've bought into the nonsense that giving the rich and corporations tax breaks, enormous tax breaks, brings jobs to RI. Yeah maybe initially, but once those benefits run out...the businesses leave ... check on that. Corporations and men who make millions each year in personal salaries have no loyalty to RI. Their loyalty is to increasing unconscionable profits for themselves and their corporations at the expense of state workers.
Carcieri is one of them...let's recall him....,.