“Why Do I Live Here?”
That’s a question that Rhode Islanders must be asking themselves almost on a daily basis.
It’s not just that the November Revenue Estimating Conference set the baseline for the current year’s budget deficit at $200 million. It’s not just that, but for one-time fixes, the state government would have run deficits for several years even before the recession. It’s not just that, as recently as two weeks ago, the General Assembly continued to pass legislation restrictive of businesses and the economy. It’s that legislators still get away with junk like this, from the first link above:
“It’s extremely bleak,” said House Finance Committee chairman Steven M. Costantino, considered the legislature’s budget architect. “Let’s hope at some point this stabilizes.”
Hope? That’s it? People are losing their jobs, their homes, their health insurance because of you, Representative Costantino. Because of the damage that you have done to this state — in part (but only in part) because of your utter incompetence. If your constituents in Providence had any civic awareness whatsoever, they’d give your seat to a dog from the local animal shelter before returning you to the State House.
“Let’s hope this stabilizes.” News flash: You’re a representative — the chairman of the Finance Committee — and Rhode Island’s government is the fundamental contributor to our problems. How about you set your sights on stabilizing it.
Was there no one whom Providence Journal reporter Steve Peoples could contact for the article to call Costantino on this?