Fresh from issuing a new report about the rising impact of taxes in Rhode Island, RIPEC's Gary Sasse makes an appearance on Newsmakers this week. With a stuctural deficit of $400 million expected for 2009 through 2012, Sasse says the time to reform state spending is now.
As one example of inefficiency in spending, Sasse cited how Rhode Island has 39 assessors -- and how a study group back in the late '60s/early '70s had recommended reducing this number to five!
While Governor Carcieri and the General Assembly continue to blame each other for excessive state spending, Sasse pointed to the pension reform enacted in the 2005-2006 legislative session as an example of how the two sides can work together.
Also appearing this week on the show (to be broadcast Sunday at 5:30 am on WPRI, Channel 12 (CBS), and at 10 am on Fox Providence), are Elizabeth Burke Bryant of Rhode Island Kids Count and Teny Gross of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence. The duo are among those fighting to reverse the state's dubious decision to try 17 year olds as adults. Other topics of discussion included Providence's high rate of childhood poverty and the corresponding need for summer jobs for young people.