RISC Changes to RI Taxpayers
Monday, February 04, 2013
"(the changes) are being made in an effort to expand and strengthen its organization, beginning with a simplified name change from the RI Statewide Coalition to RI Taxpayers and its website will now be found at www.ritaxpayers.com," said the organization in an announcement.
RISC is also announcing a change of leadership and the addition of a visible citizen lobbyist to its ranks. Prominent reformer advocate and Moderate Party founder Ken Block is now officially allied with the group and will serve as its President, filling the void left by former President Harriet Lloyd, who stepped down last year after a decade of helping to build the organization. RISC is also announcing taxpayer advocate Lisa Blais is becoming the official lobbyist for RI Taxpayers at the General Assembly.
“In announcing these changes, we salute the decade of commitment made by outgoing President Harriet Lloyd, who helped us build this into a statewide taxpayer presence,” says RISC founder and longtime Chairman Harry Staley. “I am also excited to see someone with the visibility, energy, and dedication of Ken Block will serve as our new President,” says RISC founder and longtime Chairman Harry Staley.
Ken Block Joins Effort
The RI Taxpayer Times will replace the popular RISC daily e-newsletter RISC-y Business. Harriet Lloyd, the longtime editor, says “We are sad to bid farewell to RISC-y Business, however we cheer the arrival of RI Taxpayer Times, and I am personally very grateful for all the positive response we had over the years to RISC-y.” Another visible reform advocate, blogger Monique Chartier, now takes the reins as daily editor of the new newsletter. “Monique has become a valued collaborator with us and we are excited about her taking on the editor duties for our new Taxpayer Times,” said Perry.
The RI Statewide Coalition, founded in 2003, was spun out of what was formerly a South County oriented watchdog group, called the “RI Shoreline Coalition”.
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