Legislative candidates: It's time to change the state budget process

Other candidates call for people to vote differently

Posted 10/29/18

Question: What is one way East Bay legislators can bring more transparency to the work taking place at the Statehouse?

RI Senate, District 32

• David Aucoin — "Legislators like Sen. …

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Legislative candidates: It's time to change the state budget process

Other candidates call for people to vote differently

Posted

Question: What is one way East Bay legislators can bring more transparency to the work taking place at the Statehouse?

RI Senate, District 32

• David Aucoin — "Legislators like Sen. Elaine Morgan (R-District 34) are sending weekly email summaries of legislation passed each week. It's a challenge to monitor bills as they work their way through the legislature so when someone does it for you it really helps and enables you to contact the sponsors of it."

• Cindy Coyne — "I am proud to have participated in passing ethics reform. The next steps are to pass Line-Item Veto and disclose the source of political contributions to special interest groups that advertise in campaigns. And, although many hearings at the Statehouse are televised, we need to ensure all are."

RI House, District 66

• Liana Cassar — "Changes to the state budget process are vital to increasing transparency. East Bay legislators can be strong advocates for rules changes to the General Assembly's budget process. This would contribute to a budget that is thoroughly reviewed with time for all parties to participate in complete and fair negotiations."

• Rhonda Holmes — "Honest and open debate are vital for both parties' ideas to be heard at The Statehouse. East Bay law makers must support initiatives not to suspend the rules at the end of the session so that all legislation gets fair discussion and not rush vote to passage without proper debate."

RI House, District. 67

• Jason Knight — "Transparency requires a concerted effort. As a legislator, I believe it's crucial to hold regular community meetings in the district to maintain an open line of communication and provide a forum for Q and A. I will continue to offer these meetings in the next session."

• Daryl Gould — "The most impactful step, in my opinion, would be to vote differently. We need to elect people who are advocates for everyone, people who are willing to stand against the political machine, people who are willing to shine a light in the dark corners to expose wrongdoing.I believe I am that person. Vote Gould."

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