Guest MINDSETTER™ Bento: Keeping Watch on New PawSox Legislation
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Only a few insiders know what issues are currently being discussed, but we can only hope that Pawtucket’s tenuous finances will be protected. That is not the case in the current bill, as Pawtucket simply cannot afford the bond payments.
That said, should the insiders get their way and the financing scheme is passed, expect parties, ribbon cuttings, and everybody taking their share of the credit.
If that happens, I think it’s important that a small group of Pawtucket residents be recognized for standing up against the insiders and opposed the first two versions of the legislation that exposes Pawtucket to fiscal disaster.
We were criticized as anti-Pawtucket and called stupid, among other things. Our motives were impugned from day one. Despite this, we testified at hearings, made phone calls, and communicated our message via social media. I think we were successful in making our point. We refused to rollover in exchange for a free hot dog.
In the event that the insiders get to take their bows, please remember the people who no doubt won’t be invited to the festivities, but should hold their head high because if Pawtucket’s finances are protected, they are the reason why.
Thank you to Rep. Dave Coughlin, Councilman Tim Rudd, Councilwoman Meghan Kallman, former Councilman Henry Kinch, Jr., and Lynn Farinelli. There were others, of course, but these people stood tall when it took courage to do so.
I am honored to work with them to protect our city from corporate raiders and politicians with self-serving agendas, and I’m more honored to call them friends.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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