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Should East Providence be allowed to redirect the $60 million it is receiving from the federal settlement with Google to help it combat budget woes?

Posted 4/8/12

Last week the federal government announced that it was distributing $230 million to a number of state and municipal agencies in Rhode Island for participation in an investigation of Google for accepting advertisements for Canadian pharmacies that then illegally distributed drugs in the United States that resulted in a $500 million settlement.

Among the recipients was the East Providence Police Department, which stands to gain $60 million. While the rules of the Federal Equitable Sharing Program expressly prohibit local governments from using a federal payment of this nature to substitute for already budgeted municipal expenditures, should an exception be made for East Providence, given its dire fiscal circumstances?

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The money should be spent on expenses the city will incur, not necessarily budgeted, that would need additional dollars that would relieve the need to raise the dollars, if an exception is not provided by the Federal Rules referenced.

Monday, April 9, 2012 | Report this

Why not take this unexpected windfall and make it into a "Rainy Day" fund from which income can be used to smooth the highs and lows in spending, which cause such chaos and difficulty to the budgeting process and town operation? It will put the community on a long term path to stability and prosperity.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | Report this
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