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Should Rhode Island raise parking fees at its beaches this summer to help generate more revenue?

Posted 5/23/11

In his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee asked that parking fees at state beaches be raised. The change – the first since 2002 – would generate an additional $1.9 million in revenue for the state, certainly not enough to close the budget hole.

However, many businesses that depend on beachgoers for their income are worried that the increase would have a negative impact on their livelihoods, without really being that effective at helping to close the state’s deficit.

Where do you stand on the issue?

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Anita

By all means, let's destroy RI's summer hospitality industry! Did the Gov. and/or his aides ever actually work in a real (NOIT Gov't!) job? Ever own a small business? Especially one a short drive from another state that had competitive tax structures? I think not!

How is this "additional revenue of $1.9 million" estimated? This is what one never hears/reads. Did the budget-makers assume that beach travel would remain the same? That would appear highly unlikely. In addition, what is the impact of increased parking fees on sales taxes paid at beach-area retailers, food establishments, hotels, etc? My cynical assumption is that these issues were not addressed in the estimate of "an additional $1.9 million". So it's really much less.

I can tell you that we will NOT be paying twice as much to park in RI as a matter of principal. We'll go somewhere else. I'd rather pay our neighbor to use her pool than contribute to a system that pays well-connected high school grads $88K to work at the State House, or that pays retirees more than they ever actually earned while working.

In short, this idea is one of the dumbest that the Gov and his aides have thought up.

Monday, May 23, 2011 | Report this
Mister_Smithers

What a silly idea. By raising the daily beach parking fee up to about $28 per car, the only noticeable affect will be half as many cars parked at the beaches. The side-effect will be worse, with many people from MA, CT, NY just opting to visit beaches in their states. The impact on the South County businesses willl be large, resulting in less sales tax. Did anyone at the state actually study this....at all? Oh course not. Those are the same elected officials who brought your 100 different pension plans, most of which have $0 in assets and hundreds of millions in debt. Oh, but the state had many millions to give away to a video game company that has never generated a profit. Has anyone considered offering the state of RI for sale to CT at a foreclosure price?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | Report this
melliott@centurydrywallinc.com

Lets clean and mow the roadways, especially near the beaches. This will make the wait on RT2 much more pleasant and visitors will be more inclined to return. (I would never go back to Disney if it were unkept)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | Report this
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