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.