EG Legislators React To Chafee's Budget
Gov. Lincoln Chafee presented his budget last week. Now it's the General Assembly's turn.
EG Patch asked our state legislators what they thought of Gov. Lincoln Chafee's 2013 budget, presented on Jan. 16. Here are their responses:
Rep. Anthony Giarrusso, R-Dist. 30:
I haven't seen the nuts and bolts of Governor Chaffee's budget but I was inspired with what I heard and left the House Chamber with optimism. I was thrilled to hear that there were no proposals of tax or fee increases. I like the commitment to cut corporate income taxes and property taxes to make us more business friendly.
I like his commitment to the increase in state aid for the school funding formula. I also like the fact that he's paying more attention to our infrastructure; our roads and bridges are in desperate need of repairs and maintenance to bring us on par with the rest of the nation. Governor Chafee assured us that this was a balanced budget when we asked him how these items were to be funded.
I will let you know more details when I actually see the budget and read the fine print.
Sen. Dawson Tucker Hodgson, R-Dist. 35:
Very nice speech from the Governor, and enjoyed sitting with Rep. Giarusso.
I'm looking forward to reviewing the budget proposals in depth over the coming weeks. I think lowering the corporate tax rate is smart, and sends a signal to employers that we want to keep them in R.I. Allowing workers to receive on-the-job training while on unemployment is also a good move.
I am wary of the historic tax credit, and the additional funds to the 195 Commission, and I obviously still have a lot of questions about 38 Studios, both on oversight and payment of the moral obligation bond.
Sen. Leonides Raptakis, D-Dist. 33, did not respond.