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Warwick Taxpayers Face 18th Straight Year of Tax Increases Yet Local Legislators Want To Tax Fund More Hand Out Programs.
D. Rep. Evan Shanley, District 24 Warwick, comes straight out of the bill gate with a proposed piece of legislation that would have Warwick taxpayers coughing up more tax dollars they don't have to give. House Bill 5889 is also backed by Warwick Reps Camille Vella-Wilkinson and Joseph Solomon. Three out of five reps that have their names on this non tax-friendly bill, are from Warwick.
Like Warwick taxpayers aren't paying for enough... ?
H5889 would allocate a max of $30,000 in tax dollars to each individual seeking a higher education. All you have to do to qualify is live in Rhode Island and make less than $60,000 per year. The bill does not stipulate whether or not one needs to be an American citizen and the sponsor doesn't even know how much it's going to cost RI taxpayers, buy hey.. throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks.
Shanley assumes the funds will come from the state's general fund budget and/or an online shopping sales tax increase (more out of your pockets). He also anticipates that when and if marijuana is legalized in RI, a portion of that sales tax revenue will go towards funding the college tuition hand out program. No, when and if marijuana is legalized in RI, use that sales tax revenue to balance a state budget first without one RI citizen facing a tax increase of any kind, then get back to us.
There are plenty of options that exist right now, today, to financially help individuals seeking a higher education.
The U.S. Department of Education currently allocates about $150 BILLION per year in tax dollars to help millions of students pay for college.
Other higher ed financial aid assistance program options include:
So why in the heck would some state legislators be looking at RI taxpayers for more?
It's nothing more than political pandering to those that love the free hand outs.
Rhode Island state leadership can't even get UHIP straight and they want to "gradually do away with" the car tax, but they're looking for other ways to fund free hand out programs. RI ranks the worst in the country for business and is the worst state to retire in -along with a list of other major issues- yet we have legislators living in this delusional "keep the hand outs coming" world.
Warwick is facing its 18th straight year of tax increases, has beaches closing down every year due to bacterial pollution, has litter lining state and city roadways, potholes everywhere, is looking to shut down a senior center in order to balance this year's upcoming budget, has taxpayers up in arms over increased water and sewer bills, and yet, get slapped with a bill that potentially asks them to pay for more, more, more.
I could go on and on with stories of people I know, including myself, that worked one or two jobs while living at home with parents... and self paid for college education. Friends that hustled at night for hours valet parking cars and friends that worked full time during the day and headed straight to class after work. We earned it, we hustled for it, we did it ourselves.
My greatest motivations to succeed as a college student were: knowing I was paying for my own education and I'd be leaving the job I couldn't stand one day. I didn't grow up with a false sense of entitlement. I never expected hand outs. I grew up in a household of- this is what you have, these are your options, be responsible, work hard, save, be determined and earn it yourself- and I did.
I'd like to hear how the sponsor and co-sponsors of this bill paid for their education. Did they borrow? Did they save? Did their family save and prepare over the years by responsibly putting dollars aside in a college fund? Did they work another job or two while enrolled in college courses?
How many millions have RI taxpayers approved over the years in bond financing for RI state colleges and universities? Yet we witness so many students graduate from these state colleges and universities that end up heading out-of-state to start their new jobs.
Legislators, along with a current Governor, that advocate for and sponsor bills like H5889 -in my opinion- are completely out of touch when it comes to the continuous financial burdens RI taxpayers face on a daily basis. They do not put the hard working, middle class at the forefront of their proposed policies. They politically pander to a select group of constituents and they could care less about the RI population as a whole.. and who's to blame? You know the answer.
Warwick firefighters are getting paid to cover the janitor "fire watch" shifts at Holliman and Norwood Elementary schools as a result of City/School negligence and oversight. Fire alarms not functioning for at least a month in Warwick elementary schools... another fabulous "belt notch" for the City of Warwick.
Warwick Watch submitted records requests months ago to the City of Warwick to learn more about how the City is paying for fire alarm upgrades in all of the city buildings while pulling the funding from a building bond.
Below are attachments from a records request that show the City fire alarm upgrades by building location, cost, and vendor. It's important to note that the Buttonwoods Senior Center fire alarm upgrades cost $125K and now the City is trying to close it down.
In the past month, Warwick taxpayers have learned that when it comes to fire alarms and properly connected and functioning sewer systems in the schools.. the KIDS come last.
To date, the City has purchase orders with:
Amazing... the CITY makes sure all of CITY buildings are all up to par when it comes to fire alarm upgrades, but the SCHOOL buildings? Eh...oh well., who cares.
It's not an "aging population" that has many families and businesses in Warwick packing up and leaving, just take a good look around. Warwick taxpayers are being financially robbed and encroached upon on a daily basis by a completely incompetent City and school admin -as school buildings, roads, parks, beaches and senior services slowly rot away... all while a City faces its 18th consecutive year of tax increases.
But keep voting them in.
Why didn't the Warwick School Administration share that Vets was having sewerage backup issues for weeks with anyone in City admin while they were requesting an additional $4 million in taxpayer bond funding last week for school building repairs?
Something -other than Mr. Hankey- stinks...
Posted on the Facebook page of Councilman Ed Ladouceur, Ward 5, Warwick on Friday 3/24/2017:
"So when is enough, enough????
Everyday it's something with this school department. This morning I receive a text and a photo from a friend at Vets. It is showing sewerage on the floor of a class room. I called the Superintendent at 11 ish and he said "they were working on it." He told me the school was not connected to the sewers. ( I was told later that the rear of the school was not connected). The Superintendent told me they've had to pump the septic system twice in the last two weeks because of sewerage backups.
I was at the school today at 1:00 ish with Karen Bachus ( school committee member) and we visited the area. We were shown a PT area where the back up occurred today. There was still water on the floor. I told the person ( who was very professional and co operative) that the picture I had showed me a different location. It was, it was room G 101. This is an art classroom where the back up occurred two weeks ago. He told me they did the clean up and used the best disinfectants they know of. The same as they use in the hospitals. The floor is a vinyl tile floor. I asked if the Dept had the floor and general area tested by a professional to be sure there was no bacteria present. I was told no. Certainly this is a situation of " don't shoot the messenger".
The administration has not contacted a professional firm to certify that this public classroom was habitable for our students and teachers. They never considered that this crap got under the floor tiles. They didn't even notice that a drain under the book case in this classroom still had sewerage backup in it until I pointed it out today. I was appalled to hear that after the sewerage back up of two weeks ago, and after their clean up (which was not inspected by a professional) that the administration let the students continue to use this classroom.
I just saw an email where the Superintendent attempts to whitewash the issue and says:
" there was a little puddle in the floor". This is bacteria at its worse. Two back ups in two weeks. At least that is what they tell me. Forgive me if I have lost confidence. They never notified the Dept of Health. They never notified DEM. They did say they are going to pump every 5 days. Seriously???? At what cost?
I'm going to be very interested to hear what DEM has to say about this.
I want to laugh when I think about several years ago when the city was threatening the citizens and businesses to connect to the sewers or be fined and pay a connect capable fee. It was only after I formed the Warwick City Council Sewer Review Commission, with unanimous support of the City Council, that we learned that was not legal. But how is it the City never forced the school dept. to hook up to available sewers? I believe there are at least 4, possibly more schools, not connected.
I've said it before, I've said it recently and I'll say it again:
tear down Vets and build a new state of the art school. Quit playing games. Build state of the art schools, let's let our teachers do their jobs and educate our kids in state of the art buildings, not buildings where sewerage backs up and fire aleatory systems fail.
Let's listen to the realtors that call me screaming because they are struggling to sell homes in Warwick because the school system is out of control and the leadership doesn't know how to get it back on track.
When is enough, enough?????" ~Coucilman Ed Ladouceur
Opinion of Warwick Watch: If you want a brand new school complex, you have to be serious about cracking down on how the City is financially managed. Serious operational reform must take place on the City side of business. What's happening today in Warwick is the result of kicking the can down the road for far too many years. City leadership can't even balance a budget without shutting down a senior center! Does the City/Schools think we are going to keep borrowing and increasing taxes to keep putting along?
Good luck with that.
Recent Contact Form Submission To The Warwick Watch Blog, Individual Uses A Fake Name-Also Emails From D.C. *Note Ending Statement.
Rep. David Bennett District 20 Warwick, Co-Sponsors A Bill That Prevents the Male Spouse From Having Any Say When It Comes to Abortion
In addition to the "Sorry Guys You Don't Matter" bill H5830,
It has now been confirmed that hearings will be held before the House Judiciary Committee in Room 101 of the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday afternoon, March 29.
The hearings will begin at the "Rise of the House" (roughly 4:30 to 5:00 pm) and are expected to last for at least two hours. Convenient parking is available nearby at the Providence Place Mall or across the street from the State House in the lot. You may either sign-up to testify (2 minute limit) or simply sign-up in support of the 3 pro-life bills H5100, H5158 & H5399 and in opposition to the 2 anti-life bills, H5830 & H5343.
Sorry for the image quality! First time using new recording equipment. Better angle next time! thank you.