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Which branch of government is most responsible for the state’s budget woes?

Posted 2/15/10

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ltinkoff@cox.net

100% The do-nothing assembly.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Report this
william

Until there is a viable two party system in the General Assembly, the fiscal woes of RI will not be corrected. Their MO is two fold: When times are good and funds are available, expand programs and spend it. When times get tough and funds are not available, raise taxes. Never are programs that were increased or created when times were good, eliminated or cut back when times get bad. The GA continues to ignore probably the mose significant of RI's budget problem items, the defined benefit pension plan. My guess is that there are approx 500,000 voters in RI. When you add up the State union employees, the union employees in cities and towns (teachers, firemen, police, public works, janitors, etc.), college and university union employees, hospital union employees, manufacturing sector union employees, the total has got to approach 50% of the voters. How is there a chance in having a two party system in the GA????????????????

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | Report this
rgilbane

You bcan tell when the assembly is in session as every town reports that their village idiot is missing

Thursday, February 18, 2010 | Report this
RobinGardner

Ben Franklin defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome". Clearly those people who have held office a long time aren't listening to their constituents. Our entire electorate must be insane if we keep voting these people back into office and yet expect them to act differently.

Friday, February 19, 2010 | Report this
Lesley@TourBlackstone.com

I'm wondering if this is a trick question. The choice of answers includes just one branch of government. That is, unless our constitution has been amended to eliminate the Executive and Judicial (and somehow I missed that)! This being Rhode Island, however, it may be the functional reality that "state" and "towns & cities" are defacto branches. May have to give you that one.

Friday, February 19, 2010 | Report this
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