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Updated Providence Budget Mess: Most Blame Cicilline

Friday, March 25, 2011


A new Brown University poll shows that 77 percent of Rhode Islanders blame Congressman and former Mayor David Cicilline for the budget crisis facing the City of Providence.

It may come as small consolation to Cicilline, but even more Rhode Islanders—80 percent—blame the Providence City Council for the fiscal mess.

Also, Cicilline’s approval rating came in at 17 percent. Congressman Jim Langevin, by contrast, garnered the support of 48 percent of voters.

Cicilline: ‘Doing everything I can’

In a statement released to GoLocalProv, Cicilline said he was working as hard as he could to improve the job outlook for Rhode Island. He said he was more focused on that, than on politics.

“I was sworn into Congress only 12 weeks ago, and I firmly believe that in these difficult economic times, my job is not to worry about politics, but how to get Rhode Islanders back to work and that’s why I’m doing everything I can to get our economy back on track, including focusing on my ‘Make it in America Block Grant’ legislation to retool our manufacturers and retrain our workers to get our economy moving again,” Cicilline said.

“These are incredibly hard times for Rhode Islanders and I intend to continue to focus on fighting for them.”

Most approve of Taveras, teacher firings

On the other hand, Cicilline’s successor as mayor, Angel Taveras, fared better than every other elected official:

■ 51 percent approved of the decision to fire all the teachers, 45 percent opposed it.
■ 52 percent approve of the job Taveras is doing as mayor—the highest of any elected official in the survey.
■ 76 percent of respondents said they “strongly agree” or “agree” with the plan to close schools to fix the budget.

“We’ve faced some serious challenges in our first two months in office,” said Taveras spokeswoman Melissa Withers. “The Taveras team is working hard to be honest about where we are and about what lies ahead. I think that the public respects that.”

The survey was based on a statewide random sample of statewide random sample of 425 registered voters It had a margin of error of about plus or minus 4.7 percentage points. The survey was conducted between March 11 to 13.

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If David's ratings are so low why did he win? What's wrong with the voters?

Comment #1 by Joyce Bryant on 2011 03 24

Joyce, if the election was held today, I don't think Cicilline survives. Fortunately, for him the election was at a time when we were still somewhat in the dark about the extent of Providence's budget woes.

But, there's always 2012!

Comment #2 by Donn Roach on 2011 03 25

Tavares is the best thing that's happened to Providence. It appears he really is interested in the city and not his political career. As for Cicilline, I really hope that he is defeated in the next election.

Comment #3 by Lorna Dobson on 2011 03 25

Donn, I certainly hope you're right about 2012 but, you're talking about a bloc of voters who thought Patrick Kennedy was a good representative too.

Mind boggling!

Comment #4 by RI Taxpayer on 2011 03 25

SissyLeani didn't pay attention to the voters in Prov why should we get anything different now, he is a total waste, enough said.
Tavares now this is a fresh look at how to do things with a stated goal to put Prov back on its feet. He is being up front and explains why he is doing what needs to be done.
This guy has shown more integrity than any other politician in RI.
Go Tavares.

Comment #5 by Gary Arnold on 2011 03 25

while i agree that the former mayor is mostly to blame, lets not forget the city council.these people need to share some of the blame!

Comment #6 by frank Capoverde on 2011 03 25


Mr Capoverde, it seems to me some of the council DID speak up. I think it was John Lombardi who said the rainy day fund was raided. Cicilline replied that he, Lombardi, was playing politics.

When it was brought up that the city was woefully in debt, Cicilline replied that he submitted a balanced budget.

Everything, EVERYTHING that comes out of Davids mouth is self serving and more than likely, a lie.

The voters in RI FINALLY put the Lynch dynasty to rest, along with the Caprio dynasty. Next, and even more importantly, the Cicilline dynasty needs to go too.

2012 can't come soon enough. I just hope the voters in the 1st district smarten up before then.

Cicilline was real bad for Providence and he's going to be real bad for the rest of the country too.

Comment #7 by RI Taxpayer on 2011 03 25

John Lombardi is only one member of how many? to say that he spoke up is nice but it was way past the time something should have been said. i stand by my previous comment!

Comment #8 by frank Capoverde on 2011 03 26

The state is not business friendly. The former mayor only made this worse by supporting unions ongoing war on businesses and their owners. As long as management is attacked and villenised by labor officials and the state keeps the barriors to enter for small businesses there will be no growth. There are a lot of people in this state and through out New England that would love to start up a business and grow it into something that the state and its residents desperatly need but they are run off by people who want to leach off of hard working entrapeneurs. If you really want to see real growth than we will have to see the state organized labor laws change to support business while protecting worker rights because right now the decks are stacked and business and manufactors have a death sentence starting the first day a collective bargening agreement is put in place.

Comment #9 by Chris Digman on 2011 03 26

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