10/13/09

At last, a key legislator has spoken to a most pressing need if RI is to get out from under already large and growing budget deficits: government consolidation. In light of state revenues off by $100 million just 3 months into the new fiscal year, Senate Finance Chairman Dan Daponte is quoted in today's Providence Journal as ready to take a close look at "municipal and school consolidation throughout the state of Rhode Island."

4 comments:

  1. Words are cheap. We'll see if it translates into action. Doubt it.

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  2. We shall see. Talk is cheap. This is something that the General Assembly should have addressed several years ago as the budget problem emerged.

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  3. Every state surrounding RI has utilized regionalized school districts successfully for years. In Mass Bridgewater/Raynham and Dighton/Rehoboth come to mind. The concepts of "change" and "common sense" seem very difficult to grasp in RI.

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  4. I don't trust the general assembly to put in place a practical and effective consolidation approach. I'd rather have the towns figure out the best ways to make this work than have edicts sent down from Smith Hill that (my guess) will not achieve the desired effect.

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