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Block Makes Statement On Ethics In Ri Politics

Providence, RI - Today, Republican Candidate for Governor Ken Block called for the need to change how politicians operate in Rhode Island. Citing the contributions Treasurer Raimondo, Mayor Fung, and Mayor Taveras made to Speaker Fox, as well as Treasurer Raimondo's and Mayor Taveras' walking with Speaker Fox in his district, all while allegations of pay-to-play and corruption in the 38 Studios deal and PEDP Loans were being made, Mr. Block said, "We need a change agent as Governor, and these career politicians kissed the brass ring of power despite the stench of 38 Studios." Additionally, Mr. Block highlighted the fact that…
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Ken Block Statement On Report From RI Center For Freedom & Prosperity

Warwick – Republican Candidate for Governor Ken Block issued the following statement on the Rhode Island Center for Freedom&Prosperity’s "Spotlight on Spending" report on wasteful spending: “The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity's report is absolutely correct.  We need to cut wasteful spending from the budget and reduce taxes.  This is the only way we will be able to create new jobs and stabilize Rhode Island’s budget. Too many career politicians think it is fine to simply maintain the status quo on taxes and increase government spending, but this will not accomplish what Rhode Island needs.  'No New Taxes'…
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Block: Appointment Of Reps. Macbeth And Dickinson Encouraging

Warwick -  Republican Candidate for Governor Ken Block issued the following statement on the appointment of new leadership for the House Oversight Committee. "I congratulate Representative MacBeth on her appointment as Chair of the House Oversight Committee and Representative Dickinson on his appointment as Vice-Chairman. They both have records of standing up to the political establishment and fighting against the back room corruption of the 38 Studios deal.  When I was testifying to the legislature against the 38 Studios loan repayment, passed by Democratic leadership over the objections of the House Republican Caucus, Representative MacBeth was already advocating for subpoenas…
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Block Calls On Chafee To Negotiate Short-term Contract

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…
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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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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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