Can We Have a Rhode Island “Phoenix”?
Rhode Island can use this crisis to reinvent itself, operating more efficiently and more realistically in a competitive world, making changes that would benefit its citizens for years to come. If, on the other hand, the governor and the legislature try to do again what they have done for the last several years — apply patches, raise fees or selected taxes, and leave behind massive out-year deficits — they might well hasten the pace of the state’s decline.
Systematic change must take place, starting now. These changes would not be pleasant initially, but it is hard to see how they can be avoided if the Ocean State is to recover any time soon.
After emphasizing that higher taxes is definitely not the answer, the ProJo provides its own wishlist of reform.
…the easy decisions have been made, and the avoidance tactics of some politicians (and the groups that want ever more services) have brought us to the brink of a financial abyss. Rhode Island must reinvent its government if it is to prosper in the coming years.
A more cynical way of putting all of this would be to quote Lt. Nick Holden from Operation Petticoat (it was just on the other night), “In confusion, there is profit.” In this case, maybe Rhode Island citizens will ultimately “profit” from less government as a result of the budgetary confusion our politicians have created. At least we can hope.