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$220 million in spending cuts suggested for Rhode Island govt

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

Cutting the fat in state government would start at the State House, the General Assembly and Governor's staff being trimmed by 20 percent. That saves 5 and a half million dollars.

Legislative grants which fund everything from little league fields to church groups, would also be eliminated, saving 2–point-3 million.

 "So the business as usual approach, if we are going to obtain prosperity in this state, must end," said Mike Stenhouse from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. 

"When you are spending 200 million dollars unnecessarily, and you are raising taxes. It's the wrong thing to do," said David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, of Alexandria, Virginia. 

Three-million dollars set aside for renovation grants at McCoy Stadium would be scrapped, and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the agency once responsible for the "38 Studios" fiasco - would be eliminated - saving 6–point–2 million dollars. 

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "The report says over 15–hundred state workers make over 100 thousand dollars per year, much of that from overtime. The study calls for elimination of 19 million in overtime pay." 

Movie production tax credits and the state's Film and TV Office would be abolished saving 3–point–4 million. The state's Historic Preservation Society and tax credits would be eliminated, saving 50 million dollars. 

But, advocates for those causes object. "They didn't mention that more than 1.5 billion dollars in private investment in Rhode Island Cities and Towns has been generated by the Historic Preservation Tax Credit over the last 10 years," said Ted Sanderson of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission.

The staff for the state's Lieutenant Governor would be cut to just one person, saving taxpayers over 800 thousand dollars per year

 

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