The General Assembly as RI’s All-Purpose Charity

It’s a small thing, perhaps, but then they’re all small things, from a certain perspective. This is just too perfect an emblem of the government under which we’re living:

All the funds raised for those three [charitable] purposes, listed on the “Rhode Island Checkoff Contributions” portion of the tax return, go directly into the state’s general fund.
And they have since 1995.
The state uses the money however it wants, from plowing roads to paying the salaries of members of the General Assembly, which voted in 1995 to divert the money without telling taxpayers that it was no longer going toward the stated purpose.

Give this greedy beast nothing more than it can take by force. Apart from its catastrophic incompetence, the government of Rhode Island simply cannot be trusted.

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Patrick
Patrick
11 years ago

Anyone else not see much of a difference between what the Assembly is doing and me going door to door soliciting donations for Haiti and then after receiving a sum of money, I send Haiti $20?
I’d go to jail for that.

John
John
11 years ago

AT LEAST WE CAN SEE THAT, CONSISTENT WITH OUR HISTORY, THERE IS NO OUTRAGE BEING EXPRESSED ACROSS THE STATE ABOUT THIS!
I never have checked a box, nor shall I ever be so ignorant as to believe that the General ASSembly of the State of RI would ever be better at directing my charitable contributions than I can myself.
Jail will be too good for these bozos.

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