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Well, this is a no-brainer:
Rep. Raymond C. Church has filed legislation rescinding legislative approval granted last year for a new courthouse in the Blackstone Valley, saying the state shouldn’t be borrowing money for large projects when grappling with huge deficits.
“At a time when the state is trying to identify money to close a budget deficit of $171.9 million in the current fiscal year and a structural deficit of $412.3 million next year, it doesn’t make sense to take on more debt,” said Representative Church, a Democrat who represents District 48 in North Smithfield and Burrillville. “Now is just not the time to start a new project like this. Instead we should be looking for ways we can save money, and not building this courthouse will save about $7 million a year for the next 20 years.
The courthouse, which was approved as part of the state budget for the current fiscal year with funding to begin in Fiscal Year 2009, is estimated to cost about $70 million. If the state were to sell 20-year bonds to finance the project, it would likely double the total cost to $140 million.
Another no-brainer is the ouster of any legislator who actually votes against canceling the courthouse.