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Ken Block Calls Out State Leaders On Gaming Revenue Issue

WARWICK: Republican candidate for Governor Ken Block called out state leaders on the potential loss of gaming revenue due to upcoming competition from Massachusetts. “Rhode Island is addicted to the revenue it receives from Twin River and Newport Grand and lacks a plan on how to overcome the shortfall we will face when the gaming facilities in Massachusetts open, “said Block. “We knew this day would in fact come and once again our state leaders show how out of touch they are with planning for Rhode Island’s future budget needs.” Current annual gaming revenue projections are approximately $10 million from…
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Republican candidate for Governor Ken Block issued a statement regarding the announcement by Cox Communications that it is eliminating hundreds of call center jobs in Rhode Island

“The latest announcement by Cox Communications to cut 234 jobs from its Rhode Island work force follows a pattern of more of the same in our state," said Block.   "Rhode Island not only leads the nation in unemployment but continues to lose jobs to other states and this is unacceptable.  What is even more disturbing is that our elected officials are not focused on creating an economic climate conducive to attracting and keeping businesses and jobs here." Cox Communications announced yesterday that it is eliminating 234 jobs from its customer call center in West Warwick, nearly twenty percent of its…
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MICHAEL SOLOMON HIRES LIZ WHITE AS CAMPAIGN MANAGER

PROVIDENCE - Providence City Council President and Democratic Mayoral candidate Michael Solomon announced today the hiring of Liz White as campaign manager for his mayoral campaign. "I am thrilled to have a campaign manager with an accomplished policy and communications background," said Solomon. "Liz is a great team builder and she is passionate about the issues facing our city: education, community development, health care and rebuilding the city's middle class. I worked closely with her on passing historic reforms that took on Big Tobacco and protected the health of Providence's youth and was impressed with her management of such an…
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Seventeen Elected Officials Representing Cranston Endorse Guillaume De Ramel For Secretary Of State

PROVIDENCE – Seventeen elected officials representing Cranston today endorsed Aquidneck Island businessman Guillaume De Ramel in his race to become Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State.  Senator Hanna Gallo, Senator Frank Lombardi, Rep. Robert Jacquard, Rep. Charlene Lima, Rep. Michael Marcello, Rep. Peter Palumbo, Council President John Lanni, Council Vice President Michael Farina, Councilman Mario Aceto, Councilman Paul Archetto, Councilman Richard Santamaria, Councilwoman Sarah Kales Lee, School Committee Chairwoman Andrea Iannazzi, School Committee members Stephanie Culhane, Jeff Gale, Paula McFarland, and Janice Ruggieri are all supporting Guillaume’s candidacy. “Cranston is one of the most important communities in our state, and…
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North Providence Mayor Declares Mckee The Lt. Governor Rhode Island Families Need

Cumberland (Feb. 27, 2014) - Today, Cumberland Mayor and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Dan McKee announced he has received the endorsement of North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi. "Dan McKee will be an outstanding lieutenant governor. As a small business owner, like myself, and community leader for more than 30 years, he has a vision for our state that other elected officials, frankly, just don't have," Mayor Lombardi said. "Dan and I both overcame significant financial challenges our communities were facing when we took office. He also has lead the way in bringing together other mayors to advocate for taxpayers at…
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Rep. Doreen Costa endorses Ken Block for Governor

Rhode Island State Representative Doreen M. Costa has endorsed Ken Block. “Ken Block is the only gubernatorial candidate that has put together a specific plan to fix Rhode Island,” said Costa. “Clearly he understands that in order to rebuild our economy and create new jobs we need fundamental changes that will reduce taxes and eliminate wasteful spending. I particularly like the fact that Ken’s plan is specific enough to actually identify where the wasteful spending is occurring and what taxes need reducing.” Doreen M. Costa represents District 31, which includes Exeter and North Kingstown, since being elected in November of…
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Johnston Dems Endorse Clay Pell

PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell received the unanimous endorsement of the Johnston Democratic Town Committee last night. The committee, chaired by Richard Delfino, held their monthly meeting at the Pocassett Bay retirement facility. "Clay Pell is the right candidate at the right time to move Rhode Island's economy forward. Members of the Johnston Democratic Town Committee were impressed by his experience at the White House and the fresh perspective he can bring to solving our challenges. As governor, he will be an honest broker and tireless advocate for the State of Rhode Island," said Chairman Richard…
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Block Presents His Plan To Save RI

Rhode Island - The Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is proposing an ambitious plan that called "Let's Fix RI" to improve the future of Rhode Island with large tax cuts and government reform. Block at a press conference on Tuesday, said among other things, that if elected he would try reducing taxes on vehicles, as well as commercial and state taxes. He also wants to reduce spending on unemployment benefits and temporary disability and would give the state ethics commission more powers. Block, a businessman who founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island, said that the economy is suffering because…
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Ken Block Today, Rhode Island is in Crisis. We are in peril

Today, Rhode Island is the leading member of the “National Hall of Shame”. We are number one in the nation in unemployment and near dead last in the business environment that is so essential for creating and keeping jobs. The evidence of our peril is clear; major office buildings like the famous “Superman” building vacant; empty store fronts from Woonsocket to Westerly; our children and grandchildren unable to stay here because they must leave to find jobs; retirees unable to stay in Rhode Island because of broken promises and oppressive taxes; and jobs evaporating like Toray Plastics, who is adding…
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Cicilline Statement on President Obama’s Decision to Drop Chained CPI

PAWTUCKET, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today applauded President Obama’s decision to exclude chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) from his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. Yesterday, Cicilline led a letter signed by 116 of his colleagues pressing the administration to drop this change in how the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) is calculated. Cicilline has been leading the effort in Congress to preserve this vital safety net for seniors and veterans. Last year, he introduced a concurrent resolution opposing the use of chained CPI for calculating Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments, which now has 126 cosponsors. According to the Congressional Budget Office, switching to chained CPI…
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