December 3, 2010

But What About the Other Campaign Promises of Gov-Elect Chafee?

Monique Chartier

Governor-Elect Chafee has declined to reconsider his decision to rescind Governor Carcieri's Executive Order 08-01 (pdf) on the grounds that he cannot back away from a promise that he made during the campaign. After looking over some of Mr. Chafee's other campaign promises, I'm excited to hear this - at least, his grounds for doing so. H/T Patrick for picking up on this; in a comment thread that I can no longer find the comment thread under Justin's post "Chafee's Aimin' to Give It", he had wisely asked,

So why does Chafee have to keep some campaign promises and not others?

Okay, here we go. Quoting directly from the "Chafee for Governor" website.

First: the state must control government spending and be more efficient.

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I will be a partner with our mayors and town managers as we work together with the General Assembly, to repeal many of the costly state mandates on cities and towns. We cannot reduce state aid to our local communities without reforming these mandates.

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Third: I want to generate new state revenue from economic growth, not by raising taxes and fees.

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Make no mistake, I will oppose any changes to our taxes without first reforming our spending, particularly the mandates.

Admirable fiscal goals and a fine set of promises - certainly as worthy of keeping as the one that has been the animated topic of headlines and talk shows for the last couple of weeks.

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Thanks Monique. All questions that would be great for the Gov-Elect to answer.

The comment thread that you're referring to are in Justin's "Chafee's aimin' to give it" post.

Posted by: Patrick at December 3, 2010 3:09 PM

It will be an interesting session because other the true blue Kool Aid Kid communists ("progressives") I don't see any appetite for sales taxes on food, clothing and medicine.
So my guess is we will see yet more local aid cuts, the (rightly) dreaded re-amortization, some broadening of the sales tax on unpopular things like boats, marinas, country clubs, etc. and some more of the pathetic self-styled "pension reform" we have already seen.
Plus some of the usual Houdiniesque smoke and mirrors.
Any tobacco or lawsuit money...?

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at December 3, 2010 7:23 PM

Ah. Thanks, Patrick, I've so noted.

Sorry, Tommy, we monetized (at considerable discount) and then blew through the tobacco money.

I'm sure we had a good reason for doing so ...

Posted by: Monique at December 4, 2010 7:57 AM

"Admirable fiscal goals and a fine set of promises - certainly as worthy of keeping as the one that has been the animated topic of headlines and talk shows for the last couple of weeks." Monique.

So Monique, why is it that that one topic has been the talk show choice? You are a talk show pro. Why the focus on that one? I think WPRO is on the outside looking in. No more *ssk*ss the Governor. No more access. Ditto Anchorrising.

Posted by: David S at December 4, 2010 8:30 PM

Who WANTS access to Chafee?Every time I've heard or watched him interviewed he sounded clueless.He seems to think his name insulates him from having to explain his ethics.The auto tax scam is enough to show him for a phony creep.
Blowing off Trainor&Co.'s ripoff of public funds for a company not even in RI while threatening lawsuits over Studio 38 is another duplicitous move,Actually,I think the Studio 38 deal sucks,but that's not the point.
He has an inflated view of himself.
Wtih his $47 million in net worth what does he care how many people in RI go down the drain financially-he has no idea what people live with.F**k him.

Posted by: joe bernstein at December 4, 2010 8:46 PM

Another pointless post from David S, merely to toss another gratuitous insult at AR.

Posted by: BobN at December 6, 2010 8:26 AM
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