Donald Carcieri on Tax Reform

Republican RI Governor


Property tax increases can be avoided

In seven years, we have balanced our budget without raising either the sales or income tax. In fact, seven years ago R.I. had the 4th highest tax burden in the country. By last year we had dropped to 10th--but we need to be lower. New Hampshire, for example, is 50th. Consequently, its unemployment rate is only 7%.

Where some of us in this Chamber disagree--is whether property tax increases are inevitable. I know property tax increases can be avoided. For example, if every city and town employee throughout our state--including all school department personnel--were to agree to a salary reduction plan this year and next, just as state workers have done, tens of millions of dollars could be saved.

This legislature has the ability to prevent property tax increases by enacting sweeping authorizations that will allow our local leaders to reduce spending. For example, it is long past time to allow the city and town councils of every municipality to have control over their school budgets.

Source: Rhode Island 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 26, 2010

Reduce spending instead of increasing tax burden

Rhode Island?s taxes are among the highest in the country. Our property taxes are the 5th highest nationally. Our combined state and local tax burden is 9th highest. We must manage this fiscal crisis by reducing spending, not increasing the tax burden. We are already paying too much.
Source: Campaign web site, www.CarcieriForGovernor.com , Sep 9, 2002

First priority: Taxpayer's Bill of Rights

We need to change how we budget for the long term. The first major change Don Carcieri will look to make as governor will be to call for and support an amendment to the State Constitution putting in place a Taxpayer?s Bill of Rights. The Taxpayer?s Bill of Rights will enact constitutional limits on spending in this state. The major component of the amendment will be a law that limits spending increases to the rate of inflation, adjusted for population, in any given year. Any increases to state spending above the adjusted rate of inflation must be approved by a voter referendum. We need to be responsible in the good years so we have money when times turn tough. Don recognizes that we can not use the ?available money? theory of budgeting. Just because the state can get the money, does not mean we should. This sort of constitutional budget limitation can begin to return money to the citizens of Rhode Island, whose tax burden is already among the highest in the nation.
Source: Campaign web site, www.CarcieriForGovernor.com , Sep 9, 2002

Other governors on Tax Reform: Donald Carcieri on other issues:
RI Gubernatorial:
Lincoln Chafee
RI Senatorial:
Jack Reed
Mark Zaccaria
Sheldon Whitehouse

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
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NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
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OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
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CA-D: Jerry Brown
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GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
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ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
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NH-D: Maggie Hassan
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NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
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MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
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