WARWICK, RI: Republican candidate for Governor Ken Block called on Governor Chafee to negotiate a short-term contract with state employees.
«We must let the next Governor negotiate this contract,” said Block. “It doesn’t make sense for our next Governor to have their hands tied. Governor Chafee should negotiate a one-year extension and nothing beyond that especially given the fiscal situation we see that lies ahead for our state.”
As recently reported in the Providence Journal, the state is currently negotiating with unions on a new contract for state workers.
The Governor’s FY2015 Budget estimates that the state will experience increasing deficits in each year of its five-year forecast. The deficits increase from $151.1 million in FY2016 to $419.3 million in FY2019. A major contributor to this deficit is the establishment of gaming facilities in Massachusetts, which will negatively impact the state’s general revenue receipts by more than $140.0 million per year by FY2019.
Ken Block’s detailed plan to fix Rhode Island’s economy is available here.