Ominous: Gov Does Not Rule Out Tax Hike
Over at On Politics, Ian Donnis reports that Gov Chafee will not say whether his upcoming budget will include a tax hike.
Governor Lincoln Chafee is declining to talk specifics about whether his next budget will include revenue increases – a.k.a. tax hikes.
The governor offered this comment during an interview last week (excerpts of which will be broadcast on RIPR Thursday morning):
“The budget will come out in January … we’re still putting it together.”
The governor’s latest budget is expected to emerge by January 17.
With a state economy notably on its heels and beleaguered taxpayers who already endure the fifth highest combined state and local tax burden, wouldn’t the correct answer to the question be “Hell, no, I’m not raising taxes! That’s the last thing this state needs!”