December 27, 2012

Ominous: Gov Does Not Rule Out Tax Hike

Monique Chartier

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!"

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"Hell no" would be the smart response, especially given the study showing the flight of taxpayers over the last 10 years due to high taxes and fees. However, that isn't the response our needy unions want.

Posted by: Mike at December 27, 2012 8:02 PM

It's very possible that Chafee simply didn't understand the question and simply remembered a line that one of his handlers fed him.

"Governor, if someone asks you about taxes or the budget, just tell them we're still working on it, ok?"

"I like shiny things."

Posted by: Patrick at December 27, 2012 9:46 PM

This moronic POS cheated blatantly on his auto excise and real estate taxes and thinks he's going to raise ours?This 37% wannabe dictator can drop dead and rot in hell.

Posted by: joe bernstein at December 28, 2012 6:06 AM

As soon as slots in Mass. start swirling taxes will go up here. FOR SURE.

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at December 28, 2012 11:29 AM

Chaffee will follow Moonbeam Brown's example in CA. Raise taxes,lose business and the producer class ,attract freeloaders. The unions are backing failed policies and politicians all to save their benefits. What a nightmare there will be when then cupboard turns up empty except for I.O.U.'s.

Posted by: ANTHONY at December 30, 2012 1:40 PM
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