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Union Leader Calls Fiscal Fitness Program a Joke
(posted February 3, 2008)
Union leader George Nee said Rhode Island Governor Don
Carcieri's Fiscal Fitness program "was a joke". Appearing on the
WJAR-TV show "10 News Conference", Nee said the governor's fiscal
reviews "selected certain people from certain departments" and
complained that "they decided unilaterally what needed to be done".
With the state facing a half billion dollar budget deficit, union leaders
said it was time for state officials to "listen to us". Neither Nee
nor Service Employee union leader Lucy Burdick had much good to say about
Carcieri's calls for privatization. Past efforts to outsource public jobs to
the private sector in the Department of Transportation were a "miserable
failure", Nee said. Burdick argued that "once you privatize, you
lose control over your budget".
Nee complained about the new "untouchable class", those making over
$250,000. These individuals have gotten favorable tax breaks and the union
leader asked "why are we giving them a tax break?" When asked her
opinion of Carcieri, Burdick said "he is a nice man. We differ on his
policies. A lot of people pray."