An Administration in Review
Conservative Rhode Islanders haven’t been shy about criticizing Governor Don Carcieri. His tendency to spin the state’s financial health in a positive light has been tinny on the ear. The Deepwater Wind process has been a travesty. I’m even very suspicious of the recent revamping of the state’s tax code. But the governor’s recent op-ed does serve to remind that Carcieri’s done quite a bit of good — certainly quite a bit of better than what might otherwise have been expected:
Today state government is leaner, more frugal and more accountable to the taxpayers than it was eight years ago. We have enacted Separation of Powers; cleaned up Resource Recovery and Beacon Mutual; reduced the number of state employees by over 2,000; implemented state employee pension- and health-insurance reforms; rooted out government waste, and instituted scores of efficiencies over the years. Combined, these measures have saved taxpayers nearly $1 billion.
Granted, the measures have clearly not been enough, but there’s only so much that a governor can do, in this state. I guarantee we’ll look back fondly on our minor spats with Carcieri once Linc Chafee gets to work.