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Tax day brings out RI politicians with tax reform ideas

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


As people pulled up to pay their taxes on the last day in Cranston, across town the Mayor – who's running for Governor - was also proposing tax cuts if he's elected,

"Rhode Island's business tax negatively impacts business location, job creation, consumer spending and the long term healthy of our state's economy," said Mayor Allan Fung (R), candidate for Rhode Island Governor.

Over four years Fung wants to cut the corporate tax to 5 percent; the sales tax to 5–point–5 percent; and drastically cut the estate tax when people die:

Fung's Republican opponent Ken Block says he proposed similar ideas, first.

"Back in February of this year... So we've been out with them for quite some time, and again they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and again I welcome the mayor to talking about the issues that matter to Rhode Islanders," said Block, (R) candidate for Rhode Island Governor.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Well it's April 15th and as always, there are procrastinators waiting for the very last minute to pay their taxes. Count me among people."

And I was not alone.

Reporter Question: "So you wait until the last minute"

"Well I'm just getting slow in my old age," laughed one taxpayer.

But there is no secret why the politicians like to speak out on tax day.

It's what potential voters want to hear.

"Too high, taxes are too high. That's why at 80 years old, I'm still working to pay taxes," said one taxpayer.

Q: What do you think of your taxes?

"Of course, they're too high (laughs)," said another taxpayer.

We'll see if what happens at the mail box on tax day, affects what happens at the ballot box on Election Day.

The candidates exchanged in some political sniping.

Ken Block now says Allan Fung has changed positions on the tax issue. He says when Republican Governor Don Carcieri proposed cutting the corporate tax in 2009, Fung was against it.

Fung noted that Block voted twice for President Obama, who has raised taxes with his Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.


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