WPRI’s Ted Nesi reports that Governor Chafee just can’t understand why people are so opposed to raising taxes. He blames the Providence Journal.
The Providence Journal is “hurting Rhode Island” with its barrage of negative editorials, advertisements and articles about the Chafee administration’s sales tax proposal, the governor told WPRI.com on Monday.
He blames former Governor Carcieri.
Chafee said the first suggestion – renegotiating contracts – is nearly impossible because of a two-year ban on state worker layoffs agreed to by Carcieri in late 2009. “Mayor Taveras is not saddled with a no-layoff contract,” Chafee said. “He can go to his union and say there will be layoffs – and they know that there will be layoffs. I can’t do that.”
Asked whether he had approached Council 94 and other unions about concessions anyway, Chafee said he didn’t see the point when he could not threaten layoffs and might just add to the existing unhappiness about previous furloughs and his proposed hike in employee pension contributions.
“I’ll look for savings, but I don’t want to go into a meeting with no cards in my hand,” he said.
B.S. “I can’t do that.” Ask N.J. Governor Chris Christie. Meanwhile, he continues to throw out the red herring of “show me the alternative” when it’s obvious there is nothing anyone can propose that resembles actual cutting that he will consider as a “real” alternative. As Dan Yorke noted today, this is all so disingenuous given that it was the Chafee Administration that did little-to-no due diligence on the impact of this proposed “flatten and broaden” tax increases in the first place. So instead Chafee whines and obfuscates. Such a leader.