Dear Citizens of House District 72 in Portsmouth and Middletown

Dear Citizens of House District 72 in Portsmouth and Middletown:
During the past two years, I have worked hard on legislation to improve the quality of life in our state. I have concentrated especially on issues that affect you, my constituents in District 72, Middletown and Portsmouth. I am proud of the many times I have been able to assist constituents having problems with state agencies.
I am asking for your vote to continue this work on your behalf.
During my time representing you, I have asked important and tough questions while serving as a Member of the House Committee on Finance, sub committee on Government, and sub committee on Environment and Transportation to improve our state and to protect the taxpayer. I am also honored to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and to have supported legislation to help our veterans.
I have worked with my counterparts in the general assembly to do the peoples’ work regardless of party affiliation. The collaborative effort generated eight pieces of legislation becoming law, including one to make more professional counselors available to help address the opioid crisis.
On November 6th, I ask you, the residents of Middletown and Portsmouth, to reelect me to continue to represent your best interests in an honest and nonpartisan way.

Sincerely,

 

Dear Citizens of House District 72 in Portsmouth and Middletown:
I decided to run for re-election because we need legislators who focus on what is best for constituents and the state. Too many put partisan politics ahead of honestly doing the public’s business.
The day I was sworn into office I was interviewed by the TV press and I stated the (political) jersey comes off. I meant that people come first and the party second. I have worked with my counterparts in the general assembly to do the peoples work. I have a proven record that I can work with my fellow Democrats and Republicans to improve the quality of life for the citizens in the district and
for all in the state of Rhode Island. Working in a bipartisan effort, I was able to sponsor or cosponsor 8 pieces of legislation into state law:
• Enabling a small local business to expand its fleet to use electric vehicles
• Establishing grandparent’s visitation rights
• Making a school zone neighborhood roadway safer
• Creating a municipal infrastructure grant program
• Increasing municipal court fine limit
• Enabling tax incremental financing
• Defining restrictions pertaining to certain criminal offenses
• Expanding the field of chemical dependency professionals to help with the opioid crisis
I am proud to have helped constituents mired in the UHIP debacle, residents who did not receive tax refund checks due RI tax process issues, a small business that was trapped in RIDOT truck labeling regulations, RIDOT roadway issues; a non-profit that the state did not recognize their tax exempt status to the repositioning
of a security light at the state police barracks because it was shining its light into a constituents living room window to mention a few of them. It is a rewarding feeling to help.
I am asking the residents of Middletown and Portsmouth to reelect me to continue to represent their best interests in an honest and nonpartisan way.

Issues of Concern
High cost of living – In 2016 the general assembly enacted legislation to eliminate the tax on pension and retirement income on the first $15,000 of income with caps on revenue. RI ranks the 48th worst places to retire based on affordability. We need to curb our wasteful spending and shift the net funds gained to resume the phase out of the tax on pension and retirement income.
Perception of a corrupt statehouse – I am a co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill to create an Office of Inspector General. The IG will provide a vehicle for the oversight on spending and for the reporting of fraud, waste and abuse. The Massachusetts IG program has recouped hundreds of millions of dollars for their taxpayers.
Fragile economic climate – In May 2018, members of the House Finance Committee received an update that revenues were up primarily based on the federal tax cuts and overall national hot economy. We must be very cautious to ensure that any legislation that will hurt the business climate and the economy is well vetted. The Providence Chamber of Commerce and Hospitality Association of RI PACs have recognized my work with their support.
Poor condition of the roadways – For two years, I have questioned RIDOT Director Alviti before House Finance Committee to ensure that needed repairs are being made per specifications and that the taxpayers funds are being spent wisely.
School aid reduction – Portsmouth and Middletown had their school aide cut by multi-millions of dollars under current school aid formula. The aide that was cut was shipped up state to other cities and towns. Property taxes in both towns were increased to make up the difference. A committee is being formed to look at the next version of the formula. It is imperative that the committee includes benchmarks to reward high performing districts with additional aide.