A recent post (below) from the individual who runs "RI Jobs With Justice, Mike Araujo who is a close associate of Evan Shanley's Gursky/Wiens Law Associates.
This is who #EvanShanley and his labor law firm financially support.
This is what I take to the doors of the voters, one door at a time, every single day...
I know the people of District 24 who are getting killed with tax increases every year can't afford to keep subsidizing the costs of illegal immigration pouring into Rhode Island.
"Annual fiscal costs borne by Rhode Island’s taxpayers due to illegal immigration at $278,159,085, which was the 37th-highest such total among U.S. states.
--Public education, which is largely free or heavily subsidized for parents with low incomes
--Welfare programs, which provide food, housing, cash, medical, and other services to about 100 million low-income U.S. residents
--Direct benefits such as workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, Medicare, and Social Security
--Population-based services such as parks, highways, and police and fire protection, which must be expanded when a community’s population increases
Rhode Island’s annual illegal immigration expenses include about:
The last thing we need in our General Assembly is another puppet, seat filler, labor attorney that will do nothing but work for the special interests groups. You're getting taxed enough, I know this because I'm hearing your financial frustrations on a daily basis and my heart goes out to you. It's why I do what I do. We cannot allow the biased, one-sided, conflict-of-interest politics continue any longer.
I'm your independent voice... fighting for you!
I'll always fight for our CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS & E-Verify, and to keep your hard earned money in your pockets and bank accounts.
Back in 2012, the home and business owners in Central Coventry stood up and gave a loud, collective "NO" to a 65% tax hike to pay for contracts, budgets and equipment purchases that nearly doubled the fire tax rate in just six years. This massive tax hike was the final straw for the taxpayers:
"With no limits on tax hikes or debt, both ballooned. Ignoring apparent conflicts of interest, the insider board approved contracts, budgets and equipment purchases that nearly doubled the fire tax rate in just six years.
A 2012 request for a 65 percent tax hike was the final straw.
In the months that followed, as the district endured management by the courts, then the state, and finally entered bankruptcy, it became apparent that a long-term solution must include greater protections for taxpayers. Statutory limits on city and town spending exist, but they do not extend to fire districts."
The law firm that represented this financially mismanaged fire district was non other than my opponent's, ( #Shanley ) family law firm , Gursky/Wiens Attorneys at Law. A Republican State Representative, Patricia Morgan, had the backs of the taxpayers that couldn't take it anymore.
The same exact municipal financial mismanagement is happening right here in the city of Warwick. Our ever increasing municipal tax dollars are being squandered away without any responsible budgeting oversight and accountability.
This is just one prime example:
More than half of our Warwick City Council didn't even read the last round of the increasingly lucrative municipal union contracts before voting on them. Warwick City leadership has lost sight of who they work for. These very same incompetent Warwick politicians financially back my opponent and I'm not surprised in the least.
As I continue to speak out against the injustice, unfairness, and corruption that is plaguing our community as I proudly run for political office, I continue to receive the harassment from the guilty and greedy, those who are only concerned about one thing and one thing only: protecting their fraudulent self interests. The labor attorney puppet they have hand selected to make sure those self interests are protected is my opponent.
There is a very clear, distinguishing choice the voters in District 24 will advocate for this coming election day. You will either be voting for the status quo that is destroying our state, or you will be voting for honest, tough, and non intimidated representation that is willing to fight against the unethical tax extortion that is driving too many families and businesses out of Rhode Island.
I'm on the side of the seniors who rely on their social security check (that came with a 0% COLA this year), who are struggling to pay their bills.
I'm on the side of the small business owner who is working OT with less pay to make ends meet because he/she had to layoff a few employees to keep up with the tax increases.
I'm on the side of young families and seniors who are struggling to pay their medical bills and increasing healthcare costs while others pay nothing. This is blatantly wrong and unfair and it needs to stop.
The only thing being "earned" by my opponent is a campaign slush fund with deposits made by the same political hacks that are financially destroying our city and our state. The only way these individuals can be stopped is by the voters saying "NO".
We can change things for the better if we stay focused on the areas we have the greatest ability to affect change in, and that's right here in our own communities and districts. Rhode Island has been plagued for too long but the "good ol' boy" networks and the "who I know" politicians. I refuse to believe this is "just how it is". No, it's what we allow.
The choice is crystal clear this Nov 8th for District 24 in Warwick. I can't imagine the voters wanting more increased taxation and one-sided representation by another union attorney puppet for the labor bosses.
We all deserve better and that's what I will deliver. My number one priority will be holding the line on increased taxation, finding every which way to cut taxes, demanding fiscal accountability, and cracking down on waste and fraud. My opponent would be doing just the opposite..don't allow it to happen.
I am your independent voice. No "puppet" strings attached.
This is also happening right here in Rhode Island.
In July of 2014, RI Jobs With Justice that supports my opponent (whose law firm financially supports them), organized for three years with other illegal immigration coalition allies that resulted in former Governor Chafee (also financially supports my opponent) issuing an Executive Order that prevents the RI Department of Corrections from handing illegals over to ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement). They called it a "massive victory" as it "dramatically limits deportations in our state."
As the unemployment numbers continue to rise in our state instead of decrease, we must all take a good, hard look at how the Progressive Democrat policies continue to destroy our state.
So many are frustrated, disgusted, and fed up with the crony politicians and their candidate puppets that will only continue to lead us down the road of ruin.
We have only ourselves to blame when we keep voting the same old destroyers back into office.
I'm on the side of our nation's laws. I'm on the side of the struggling home and business owners who can barely make financial ends meet. I'm on the side of the families that can't afford to pay their medical bills. I'm on the side of American citizens working hard every day to live the American dream.
The American dream isn't for those who break our laws while the taxpayers are extorted for more and more to pay for their illegal behavior.
"We already know there are cities that are more interested in providing sanctuary for criminals than a safe haven for our very own citizens. We know there are cities who clamor for the federal government to assert itself into matters that are not inherently federal in nature but refuse to assist federal law enforcement in matters that actually are inherently federal." ~Chairman Gowdy (video below)
My opponent works hard to defend those that break our nation's laws and has the backs of those that financially mismanage cities and towns. My opponent expects more and more from the federal government instead of looking to slap the hands of those that work to cheat the system. My opponent is on the side of big government handouts. I'm on the side of state sovereignty.
We must end illegal "sanctuary" here in our Ocean State, mandate E-Verify and let local and state police officers do their jobs.
WE ARE NOT ALL ARIZONA. The states of Arizona and Louisiana are taking a stand and Rhode Island must do the same.
In the most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report produced by Parmell Poirier & Associates, LLP, dated April 1, 2016 they summarized the “Financial Highlights” as follows:
“At the close of the fiscal year, the liabilities of the City of Warwick exceeded its assets by $298,263,772”. The City’s total net position (debt), increased by $333.2 million during fiscal 2015, due primarily to an increase in the City’s liabilities attributed to the full net pension liability for each of the City’s pension plans.
“Over time, increases or decreases in the City’s net position are indicators of whether its FINANCIAL HEALTH is improving or deteriorating, respectively”.
The following table (below) taken from a decade of city financial reports, display changes in Warwick’s Net Position. Clearly the trend is not good.
The ability of city leaders to hide these facts by not including these liabilities in the city books has finally come to an end with new accounting standards being imposed by the Government Accounting Standards Boards (GASB) that require city leaders to disclose the real liability numbers in the annual financial reports. Take a look at how dramatic a shift occurred reflected in the table below from 2014 to 2015.
The net effect of this increase is that more and more tax dollars are being allocated to pay for this debt then for city and educational services.
A review of the city and school budget over that last decade proves this point and it is only going to get worse as the unfunded liabilities continue to grow.
That was the point of former Warwick city councilman, Bob Cushman's December 2014 presentation before the City Council, and sadly almost two years later, nothing has changed to combat the problem.
Borrowing, spending and increasing taxation more, while debt continues to increase due to failure in implementing any type of comprehensive fiscal management plan, is a clear path to municipal fiscal suicide.
Year Assets Liability Total Net Position
2006: $451,018,002 $310,173,288 $140,844,714
2007: $453,215,005 $323,626,492 $129,588,513
2008: $448,783,583 $338,846,050 $109,937,533
2009 $435,356,400 $344,429,551 $90,926,849
2010 $430,514,151 $351,265,067 $79,249,084
2011 $436,992,698 $375,548,627 $61,444,071
2012 $430,481,871 $377,200,984 $53,280,887
2013 $427,219,132 $380,661,078 $46,912,971
2014 $422,487,917 $387,829,891 $34,942,636
2015 $458,539,465 $770,260,326 -$298,263,772
Copiers & printers purchasing "improprieties" come under fire at Oct 3 Warwick City Council meeting. A municipal forensic fiscal audit is long overdue.
Prior to the city council meeting on Sept 7th, approximately $40,000 worth of printers and copiers somehow ordered themselves (on Aug 26 & 29) and were then put "on hold" (click on link and scroll to @25:44). These printers and copiers were then shipped (all on their own) on Aug 30th. and received by the city before any City Council approval process was rendered, which is required by City Charter law. When the head of the MIS department was directly questioned if he ordered the printers, he repeatedly did not answer the question and would only answer: "I put them on hold" and "could not control when the company shipped them".
O.k., great.. thanks for coming. That's it, no more questions.
Imagine how many more 'improprieties" a municipal forensic fiscal audit would reveal.
Warwick Public Schools Consolidation
Yesterday at 9:06am ·
TEACHERS CONTRACT UPDATE IN FULL
"Due to multiple requests from parents, community members, and the media, the Warwick Public Schools are disclosing their current state of contract talks between the school system and the Warwick Teachers Union.
Reaching a stalemate, the School Committee took the matter to Superior Court so that we could move forward. Just last month, Superior Court Judge Gallo stopped a Labor Board decision that would have halted our consolidation plan as we continue contract negotiations and arbitration process. The decision allows us to operate in the best interests of the students, residents, and taxpayers of Warwick.
The School Committee and the Warwick Public Schools continue to negotiate in good faith with the Warwick Teachers Union and remain optimistic that both sides can reach an agreement soon.
Listed below are the areas of discord.
The Warwick Public Schools are offering raises that would make Warwick Teachers among highest paid in state and region.
The School Committee is offering 0% for 2015-16, 3% in 2016-17, 3% in 2017-18, and 3% in 2018-19 with no changes to the health benefits (the school department currently pays 80% of teacher health care).
15-16 school year (last year) proposed 0% raise
16-17 school year proposed 3% raise puts Warwick top step teachers at $79,830
17-18 school year proposed 3% raise puts Warwick top step teachers at $82,225
18-19 school year proposed 3% raise puts Warwick top step teachers at $84,691
Currently 87% of the 897 Warwick teachers are at top step.
It is projected that some teachers may surpass the $100,000 per year with the inclusion of coaching, stipends, longevity and advanced degree. Currently, out of the 897 WPS teachers, some 618 (69%) receive some combination of these income benefits.
Each percent increase in teacher salary works out to be approximately a $1,000,000 increase in each year of the school department budget.
The Warwick Public Schools offered 18 per year. The WTU wants 90 per year.
We are proposing that teachers receive 18 sick days per year that they can accumulate to ninety (90) days. We are also proposing a teacher sick bank in case of serious illness. Additionally, the School Committee proposed participation in the TDI system (TDI on your paystub).
The WTU does not want the sick days in the expiring contract to change. In that contract, teachers have 90 sick days each year. To our knowledge, no other school district in Rhode Island has 90 sick days a year.
The Warwick Public Schools want athletic coaches annually appointed based on qualifications of candidate (best person for the job). The WTU wants coaches selected solely from an internal teacher pool based on seniority.
When a coaching vacancy is open, the Warwick Public Schools want to hire the best person for the job, regardless of whether they are an internal or external candidate.
Student Placement (stanines):
The Warwick Public Schools want students placed in classes based on data, potential, and performance. The WTU wants to maintain a student tracking system that arbitrarily determines a student’s academic future based solely on his or her performance and behavior in sixth grade.
The Warwick Public Schools seeks to eliminate the current practice of Grade 6 teachers recommending 7th grade student placement process. The Warwick Public Schools wants all students to have the same opportunity for success regardless of their sixth grade performance.
The Warwick Public Schools would like to eliminate the process of weighting special needs students in calculating class size. Under the WTU model, the number of students with disabilities are counted as 1.5 or 2 students in calculating class size, arbitrarily based on the level of their disability.
All students are provided services based on individual student need. Weighting students does not guarantee improved student services. The Warwick Public Schools wants to allocate resources based on the needs of each and every student we serve.
To our knowledge, no other school district in Rhode island uses special education student weighting to calculate class size.
The Warwick Public Schools wants all grading recorded online with parent access to grades, assignments, projects, and homework. The WTU did not.
The Court has already ruled that the School Committee can require electronic grading throughout the district. The Warwick Public Schools and WTU have agreed to contractual language regarding this subject, however the WTU will not cooperate until the other pieces of the contract are resolved.
All other school districts in Rhode island utilize a district based electronic student grading system.
Co-Op versus Co-Teaching:
The Warwick Public Schools want to eliminate co-op classrooms and move to a co-teaching model, requiring both educators in a classroom to participate in the instruction of all students. The WTU wants to continue the current co-op model where staffing is based solely on the number of students in the classroom and not the individual needs of the students in the classroom.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law, requires that IEP teams, including parents, determine students’ needs, write goals and objectives addressing these needs, and provide all necessary specialized instruction from the special education teacher. The co-op formula in the contract does not individualize student need, and simply guarantees that a special education teacher will cover, not teach, students with disabilities.
To our knowledge, no other school district In Rhode island uses a co-op formula model for special education staffing.
The Warwick Public Schools is seeking layoffs, as needed, due to consolidation and enrollment decline. The WTU wants to limit layoffs to 20 per year, regardless of enrollment or school closures.
The WTU's expired contract limits teacher layoffs to no more than 20 per year. We did close Aldrich Junior High, Gorton Junior High, and Veterans High School as we right-sized the district for efficiency and effectiveness. We believe - with these school closures and far fewer children in the schools than even ten years ago - that a reduction is necessary and warranted. We identified 64 positions to be cut. Through retirements and other changes, the actual number of employees on layoff has been reduced to 22.
Common Planning Time:
The Warwick Public Schools want Principals and Instructional Leaders to participate in helping teachers improve instruction.
Principals and instructional leaders want to meet with the teachers in their schools outside of classroom time, to participate in discussions on curriculum, instruction, assessment and student learning. This is a commonplace practice that occurs across Rhode Island and the nation. Current contract language prohibits instructional leaders from attending these educational discussions.
The Warwick Public Schools want a job fair process that is not based solely upon the teacher’s seniority in the district and allows for some input from the Superintendent based on experience, credentials, and ability. The WTU wants to continue the process based solely on seniority.
It should also be noted that the district is currently awaiting a RIDE decision on a hearing that was held this September to determine if the current job fair process is compliant with state regulations.
The Warwick Public Schools want teachers evaluated using the same criteria as the rest of the state. The WTU wants its own evaluation model used.
The majority of schools in Rhode Island are currently using the “RIDE Model”, firmly rooted in research and best practices related to teacher quality. Warwick currently uses its own model which is neither approved by RIDE nor based on research.
Evaluation of Department Heads:
The Warwick Public Schools want department heads evaluated annually. Currently, there is no evaluation process in place.
The Warwick Public Schools want high school department heads – teachers who oversee the courses taught in a subject area - to be reviewed annually and renewed based upon that evaluation. Currently, there is no evaluation of these positions and they have lifetime appointments.
The Warwick Public Schools want to expand the definition of educational materials to include 21st century terminology. In essence, we want the term “textbooks” to include educational materials such as ebooks, software, and apps."