He Didn’t Know It Was In The Bill!
This is a bit of a bombshell that might get glossed over by the media. According to Ian Donnis over at WRNI, Governor Chafee didn’t know that the 5.5% new tax on contractors was in the pension bill when he signed it.
Chafee was unfamiliar with the amendment imposing the 5.5 percent assessment when asked about it after signing the pension bill.
Seriously? Ok, so the bill is 114 pages long and they only gave him about 18 hours in between passage and his signing. Who can be expected to read all that?
What this really leads me to ask is where was he while the Assembly session was going on? Why wasn’t he following the discussions first hand? In the State House, the floor discussion is available in many rooms, likely including in the Governor’s Office. Why wasn’t his staff following what was going on? No one in the Governor’s Office either knew that the 5.5% tax was added to the bill or thought to tell the Governor?
Remember Chafee’s campaign slogan? “Trust Chafee” But we can’t even trust him to know what is in a monumental pension reform bill that he signs? Sorry, I just can’t trust Chafee.