Block Edges Toward the Border
It seems as if Rhode Island’s current government is pushing Moderate Party founder and gubernatorial candidate Ken Block toward an extreme:
Every year at this time, my accountant looks me in the eye and says I’m nuts to own a business in Rhode Island. …
A 6 percent hit to my bottom line is more than enough to cause me to move my software business out of the state — as fast as humanly possible, taking more than $100,000 in state and local taxes with me when I move a few miles across the border.
I suspect that Mr. Block is far from alone, among those who’ve striven to improve Rhode Island’s governance, in his growing sense of opposition’s futility and willingness to turn from fight to flight. Certain groups may find that to be a positive development; most should not.
Still, one cannot touch on this topic without noting that, as Chafee was the far-left independent candidate, many voters treated Block as another choice on the center right. It’s reasonable to suggest that, but for the 6.5% of the vote that Block drew to himself, Lincoln Chafee would not now be our governor. In that regard, Ken is fortunate that he has the resources to escape what he helped to bring about, should he so choose.