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    Rhode Island Legislature heading down wrong path

    I read in the Sunday, Feb. 16, Westerly Sun that two of our lawmakers are introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for the tax revenue (“Last Week at the R.I. General Assembly”). That’s sure to be a winner for this state.

    There was a very interesting article in the Providence Journal by Frederick J. Wilson III: “Why Rhode Island taxpayers are most generous,” dated Feb. 6. If you haven’t read this piece, I suggest you look it up. Here is a brief synopsis: Rhode Island offers more government benefits than any other state in the union. We are No. 1 in unemployment. We are consistently at or near the bottom in business friendliness, driving wealth and jobs out of our state with a high income tax, high sales tax, high property tax, high gas tax and high estate tax. Check your utility bills for more ridiculous taxes and fees. We are one of two states forecast to lose population in the next 10 years and have lost $1 billion in tax revenue from 2000 to 2010. And we rank near the bottom in transportation infrastructure. That’s a pretty dismal record. And what is our lawmakers’ answer? Casino gambling and legal pot. Are you kidding me? That’s all you have? More destruction for people and families of Rhode Island. Pitiful!

    Rhode Islanders, don’t you think it’s time to get rid of this perpetual Democrat-controlled legislature and give Republicans and Independents a chance before we go the way of Detroit. Because we are knocking on that door. They certainly couldn’t do any worse.

    Constantin Caramiciu

    Charlestown



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