Rhode Island Debates a Constitutional Convention Vote
The Governor’s race and all its drama, and the combative Providence Mayor’s race, are grabbing all of the political headlines this year.
But, there will be another important item on the ballot.
“From ethics reform, to educational provisions, to restraints on tax and spending so that we can have a better business climate. There are many things that can be taken up in a Constitutional Convention, that our political class refuses to discuss,” said Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the
A convention could eventually lead to a line–item veto for the Governor, or term–limits for members of the General Assembly.
That’s something organized labor opposes.
“I think your term limits are at the ballot box. People are elected and unelected all the time in
ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “The last time
Supporters say a new constitutional convention here is crucial; critics call it too expensive.
“A constitutional convention right now – in the last report – is estimated to cost, well over $2 million dollars. We respectfully believe that money can be spent in a better manner,” said Cenerini of AFSCME.
“The unions and the various other special interest groups around the state want to shut down the voice of the people. They want to protect their turf,” said Stenhouse from the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity.
Voters will decide on Election Day, whether or not to call a Constitutional Convention.
The vote is November 4.