Chafee Shows Us Who’s Boss
Another interesting fact emerges when comparing Governor Carcieri’s last five-year forecast with Governor Chafee’s first. This table shows the degree of change that the former has made from the latter forecast:
|Personnel expense||-$16.8 M||-$12.3 M||-$27.9 M||-$45.5 M|
|State operations (including personnel)||-$43.7 M||-$38.4 M||-$53.6 M||-$71.3 M|
|Aid to local governments||$13.6 M||$69.1 M||$100.1 M||$139.7 M|
So, for 2015, if we find the difference between the amount that Chafee intends to increase revenue ($302.5 M) over and above the amount that he plans to reduce the deficit ($240 M), we get $62.5 M. Add that to his reduction in operations (however fanciful that may actually prove to be), and we wind up with $133.8 M, which is almost the amount by which he’s increasing the aid to local governments, most of which winds up in the hands of municipal-level unions, including his biggest supporters, the teachers’ unions.
So, tax and fee payers are paying the entirety of Chafee’s deficit reduction, and state workers are picking up the bill for a good chunk of the wealth being funneled to their comrades at the local and city level.