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Highlights of ABC6 News Republican Gubernatorial Debate

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"Tonight, these two men face off in our studios, fighting for your vote," said the opening announcer on ABC6.

It didn't take long for the two Republicans running for Governor to mix it up; one accusing the other of raising taxes.

"What Mr. Fung glosses over is that in his first 3 years as mayor, he raised taxes and in two of those years, he asked for a bigger tax increase than what the state cap allowed," said Ken Block (R) Candidate for Rhode Island Governor.

Fung shot back saying Block also plans to raise unemployment taxes for seasonal workers.

"Meanwhile my opponent has just lied to you by saying that he has not agreed to raise taxes because one of his plans would raise our unemployment taxes," said Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, (R) Candidate for Rhode Island Governor.

Block says cutting waste is the key to fixing the state economy; Fung says it's cutting taxes.

The ticketing scandal and police chief resignation in Cranston was a hot topic.

"He hasn't been able to manage his own police department; the State Police are running it. To me it's a disqualifying problem. If he can't manage your police department, how can you run the rest of the state,” said Ken Block.

Mayor Fung says he's shown leadership.

"I made the decision to call in the State Police, to give me not only an investigation on the ticketing issue, but also a top to bottom review," said Fung.

Perhaps the biggest blow out was on whether Ken Block should release his income taxes like all the other candidates.

"What are you hiding from Ken? Why won't you at least let them know how much you paid or the percentage that you paid," charged Fung.

"I do so for a simple, very Republican reason. It's not a law, I'm not compelled to. It's private information," responded Block.

One area of agreement - both candidates want standardized testing to measure student proficiency.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "So that's the debate, now it's time for you to decide. The Primary Election is Tuesday September 9th.

At the State House Mark Curtis ABC6 News.
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