Budget Commentary on WPRI’s Newsmakers
William Felkner of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute appeared in the third segement of today’s Newsmakers to discuss the state budget.
Felkner voiced the thought of many of us that while the Governor’s proposed initiatives in the supplemental budget are a good start, they may not go far enough. [Side note: there are rumors that his proposed 2008/2009 budget will contain more ambitious measures.] He touched also upon the generous compensation to be found in state and municipal employment, introducing the novel and daring concept of public sector workers receiving the same level of pay and benefits as private sector workers.
In this segment, look also for The Phoenix’s Ian Donnis to explicitly admit to a cell phone addiction as he expresses opposition to a proposed $50 fine for the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving.