Pawtucket and East Providence Have a New Rep. With Old Ideas
The last paragraph of Alisha A. Pina‘s story in today’s Projo on Democrat Mary Messier’s victory in Tuesday’s District 62 special election (former Rep. Elizabeth Dennigan’s old seat, mostly Pawtucket with a little bit of East Providence) provides a perfect example of how the state Democratic Party’s intellectual bankruptcy on fiscal issues continues to propel Rhode Island towards the more conventional form of fiscal bankruptcy…
During her campaign, [Ms. Messier] said the “need to control taxes” is a top priority and also supported the development of a new school district financing formula that would be fair to all cities and towns.Alas, as has occurred all too-often in Rhode Island, we have a brand-new Democratic representative who believes that a “funding formula” can do the impossible: bring more money to her community, without requiring substantially higher new taxes to raise that money — unless 1) soon-to-be Rep. Messier meant during the campaign that Pawtucket, already one of the largest recipients of state aid, should receive less money from the state, when she discussed making things “fair to all cities and towns” or 2) “controlling taxes” has become a new Democratic codephrase for “raising statewide taxes”, i.e. “we controlled them by not raising them as high a we could have!”
Rhode Island won’t be able to pull out of its fiscal and economic crisis if it keeps electing representatives who expect that state’s problems to be solved by revenue-shifting programs funded by magic money that will fall from the sky.