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Election Forum 2002
State Senate candidates Rhoda Perry, the incumbant, and her opponent Leo Trevino joined State Representative incumbant Gordon Fox, his Republican challenger Charles Smith and Libertarian candidate Jonathon Wiening. Together the five answered questions about the PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program, support for Channel 36, balancing the state budget, RIte Care and the Bond Issues.
The second hour focused on the 5 ballot issues. Speaking in favor of Ballot Issue 1, State Police Headquarters Facility and State Municipal Fire Academy Bonds, $55,000,000, was Craig Bosoley, President of the Fire Training Academy and Deputy State Fire Marshall Mike DeMasco. Captain Garry Terrell and Inspector Brandon Doherty spoke in favor of the Police Headquarters.
Bond Issue 3, Transportation Bonds, $63,500,000, was supported by Janice Loiselle of the state Department of Transportation (and also a Summit area resident). RIPTA was represented, too.
Barry Schiller, Transportation Committee Chair of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club, spoke in opposition to the Transportation Bond question, providing the evening's first cautionary note about the state's level of indebtedness.
Ballot Issue 5, Question Proposed by the Governor, Co-Equal Branches of Government, was defended by a representative from the Governor's Office. Senator John Rooney spoke against the issue.
Efforts by the SNA to get a speaker from the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) to address the State's fiscal policies were unsuccessful. RIPEC has been critical of the amount of borrowing Rhode Island does. SNA board member Grant Dulgarian spoke briefly at the end of the evening about some of RIPEC's positions and mentioned a study they recently released.
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