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Nee Says Governor Carcieri is "Less than
Honest" (posted October 7, 2007)
Union leader George Nee lambasted Rhode Island Governor
Don Carcieri's remarks regarding the state's budget crisis. Appearing on the
WJAR-TV show "10 News Conference", Nee said the governor was
"less than honest" when he was campaigning for re-election. There
was no budget deficit a year ago when the camaign was going on, and now there
is at least a $200 million shortfall.
The labor leader criticized the governor for spending four months this year
negotiating with union representatives and then one day pulling the plug on
talks and announcing that state government needed to cut 1,000 jobs from the
payroll. "A CEO would never operate this way," Nee said. "It
is government by sound byte."
Referrring to Governor Carcieri's job approval rating drop in a recent Brown
University survey, Nee noted that "his style of management and approach
are not working." He urged the governor to work with labor unions to
solve problems the way Bruce Sundlun did during the banking crisis.