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$6B Open Space CR Back Again!

January 23, 2014 J,

The Senate Energy and Environment Committee has reintroduced a proposed constitutional amendment to our state constitution. The bill, SCR2, would dedicate up to $6 BILLION for the next 30 fiscal years for open space preservation. Their goal is to preserve more than 1 million acres of land…as much land as the entire state of Rhode [...]

Senate Passes $6B Open Space Measure

January 10, 2014 J,

The state Senate approved a $6B open space measure yesterday 29-8. Several Republicans supported the bill including primary sponsor Sen. Kip Bateman. The bill, SCR165, would dedicate up to $200M a year for the next 30 fiscal years (thus, up to $6B total) for “open space preservation” and would ultimately require voter approval. AFP considers [...]

Lame Duck Alert 12/23

December 23, 2013 J,

AFP continues to monitor the lame duck session of the Legislature. Over the past two weeks bills have moved on the RGGI Cap & Trade scheme and open space spending. AFP has been in Trenton to oppose these proposals. RGGI Cap & Trade Scheme – Bills SCR146/SCR162 SCR146 and SCR162 were merged into one bill. Each [...]

No Empty Promises

December 10, 2013

The new budget agreement in Congress is another trillion-dollar backdoor deal that will increase government spending. If passed, this new increase will break Congress’ prior promise to cap spending at $967 billion, which was in the bipartisan supported Budget Control Act, or BCA. Government spending is out of control. The risky fiscal policies of our [...]