But What About the Other Campaign Promises of Gov-Elect Chafee?
Governor-Elect Chafee has declined to reconsider his decision to rescind Governor Carcieri’s Executive Order 08-01 (pdf) on the grounds that he cannot back away from a promise that he made during the campaign. After looking over some of Mr. Chafee’s other campaign promises, I’m excited to hear this – at least, his grounds for doing so. H/T Patrick for picking up on this; in
a comment thread that I can no longer find the comment thread under Justin’s post “Chafee’s Aimin’ to Give It”, he had wisely asked,
So why does Chafee have to keep some campaign promises and not others?
Okay, here we go. Quoting directly from the “Chafee for Governor” website.
First: the state must control government spending and be more efficient.
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I will be a partner with our mayors and town managers as we work together with the General Assembly, to repeal many of the costly state mandates on cities and towns. We cannot reduce state aid to our local communities without reforming these mandates.
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Third: I want to generate new state revenue from economic growth, not by raising taxes and fees.
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Make no mistake, I will oppose any changes to our taxes without first reforming our spending, particularly the mandates.
Admirable fiscal goals and a fine set of promises – certainly as worthy of keeping as the one that has been the animated topic of headlines and talk shows for the last couple of weeks.