Ask the candidates: How would you make the East Bay better?

Lower taxes? Increased aid to schools? Lower housing costs?

Posted 9/28/22

Question: What could you do as a legislator to make the East Bay a better place to live?

District 32, Senate

Pam Lauria (D) — “The East Bay is incredibly vulnerable to the effects …

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Ask the candidates: How would you make the East Bay better?

Lower taxes? Increased aid to schools? Lower housing costs?

Posted

Question: What could you do as a legislator to make the East Bay a better place to live?

District 32, Senate

Pam Lauria (D) — “The East Bay is incredibly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Legislators must act boldly to lower carbon emissions and help boost our community’s resiliency and adaptation efforts. We must invest in renewable energy infrastructure and support coastal communities as they cope with rising waters and establish recovery plans.”

Rhonda Holmes (R) — “I’ve knocked on nearly 1,000 doors and each person I’ve spoken with loves living here. To make it even better, I would support legislation to improve and protect our quality of life: green spaces and coastline, education, pensions, energy expenses and quality of mental health.”

District 66, House

Sam Read (I) — “We need to focus on keeping residents from being priced-out of the community. Increased tax burdens are hurting older residents. Additionally, I will push for enhanced infrastructure to improve the walkability and pedestrian safety of the East Bay, which will also support our local businesses.”

Jennifer Boylan (D) — “A top priority is expedited replacement of our bike path bridges. Sea level rise is a major challenge for the East Bay; I will do all I can to prepare our communities to be more resilient and expand access to renewable energy solutions with things like rebates and infrastructure expansion.”

District 67, House

Jason Knight (D) — “Legislators should work for increased aid to our Barrington and Warren schools and support efforts to help our towns meet their affordable housing targets. We must also support legislation that protects our environment, for example a bill to create a bottle recycling program to combat plastic waste here in RI.”

Scott Fuller (R) — “To make not only the East Bay but all of Rhode Island a better place to live we need to make it affordable, which means lowering housing costs, boosting wages and improving the overall economic climate. Everything else flows from these basic principles.  Without them nothing else is possible.”

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