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Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition: Thanks To House Delegation

WTC praises representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien and Robert Phillips.

The members of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition would like to express our thanks to Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt,  Jon Brien and Robert Phillips for hearing the pleas of the Taxpayers of the City of Woonsocket, RI and defeating the Supplemental Tax Bill.  

We fully support their decision and offer our ideas and suggestions to our representatives.  Know that you are not alone in this battle to save our city.

We understand that taxes are a part of life and, as citizens, it is our duty to pay taxes and support our government but, it is also the responsibility of our government to spend our tax dollars wisely and in our best interest.  

Furthermore, in this time of fiscal crisis, we do not expect the city employees to bear an unreasonable share of the financial burden.

It is our contention that all of the citizens and employees of the City of Woonsocket share this burden in a fair and equitable manner that will bring all to the bargaining table, including the taxpayers.

The Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition is here to inform and educate the taxpayers of Woonsocket as well as advise and monitor our elected officials.  

"You don't have to belong to a union to be united", and, as taxpayers in this city, we are ten thousand strong.  We urge all citizens of our great city to take a larger role in the community and hold our elected officials accountable for actions that affect our livelihood and overall quality of life.

Especially when it comes to spending our tax dollars.

Again, we would like to thank our representatives and hope that the Budget Commission follows their example.

James Thomas June 16, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Seriously, 10,000 strong? You couldn't get a single member elected to the city council last year and if I were Brien, Baldelli-Hunt and Phillips I'd run from your endorsement.
DR June 16, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Mr Thomas-now is now and then was then.I voted for John Ward and would have voted for Leo Fontaine. In march and april I attended several public meetings and found Fontaine and Ward to always be right (in their own minds)-never their fault. I bet they could convince some people that a square is a circle. In april the WTC had Mr. Flanders as guest speaker -he was worth every penny Central Falls spent to get that city straighten out.Woonsocket needs Mr. Flanders a professional not amatures.A few weeks ago I was in Providence with others protesting the supplemental tax. Thank-you Lisa and the other House Reps for recomitting the bill-also I would like to thank the House of Reps for not throwing us out.
Steve June 16, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Ah James, this tax payer revolt really pisses you off huh? Folks that actually pay taxes uniting together to overthrow the spend and tax philosophy of the Dems who have been in control of this state for so long and have driven it right into the ground...... Kind of scary huh? Wait until November, I can't wait to see your head explode!
Cranky Bear June 16, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Besides the Colonel Flanders of the world, who the winner in this?
Joe June 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Actually, James Thomas, Albert Brien, who is a very active member of the WTC, got elected. But why quibble with facts, as they don't fit your story. A few more things to keep in mind: - they were referring to the number of taxpayers in the City, which is about 10,000 - remember when you RIFutureless fools ran Chris Fierro and said he was running against Bob Phillips and the WTC? How'd the election turn out for your boy Fierro? - keep in mind that Council President Ward came in dead last the first time he ran for Council and Council Vice-President Gendron lost the first time he ran.
Joe June 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Cranky Bear - the answer to your question is the Taxpayers, the Retirees who will be left with something in the future, as opposed to nothing and the employees who will be left with jobs, although perhaps not as lucrative as they were in the past ...but that's how it is for most people these days. Hope that helps.
Daniel Kaffee June 17, 2012 at 03:21 AM
When will the WTC lobby their hero reps to undertake state wide entitlement reform with the same amount of zest that they undertook pension reform? Rep. Brien, Baldelli-Hunt and Borat would never have what it takes to do that.
Daniel Kaffee June 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Oh, let's see how the three of them fair this election season.
Marc Beauregard June 17, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Really? Go to the division of taxation Go look up Al Brien Hmm Why is he connected to Lisa Baldelli-Hunt
Marc Beauregard June 17, 2012 at 05:31 AM
And some named Ray Bourk
Marc Beauregard June 17, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Wake up woonsocket
Marc Beauregard June 17, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Omg Steve. How are you finding the time from Textron?
Growing more concerned by the day! June 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM
The "Progressives" (LIBERALS) have had their way for far too long. The 10,000 Woonsocket taxpayers should consider using a portion or all of their "would have paid" supplemental tax bill to fund the campaigns of Lisa, Jon and Robert. They have risked their political careers to support the taxpayers of Woonsocket. If you believe that is the primary role of a politician, why wouldn't you support them regardless of your ideology.
Steve June 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Marc, I have no clue what you're talking about here, care to try to clarify?
Tommy Tutone June 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Don't worry,they'll be back to take more shots at austerity.The whole system is addicted to money.Bondholders won't take a hit,though.The General Assembly made sure of that back in 2010.
Misty Harbor June 17, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Is everyone drinking the punch? Thanks to our 3 reps for going to put us into bankcruptcy and people losing their homes, nevermind never being able to sell their houses. Rep Lisa Baldelli doesn't know which end is up, and Rep Brien talks in circles. Thanks to Lisa Baldelli, the only people coming to live in Woonsocket is WELFARE PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS!, So Woonsocket, think again..
DR June 17, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Misty I don't know what you have been drinking. The reason people have been losing their homes is because they have no jobs or low paying jobs. Woonsocket has been anti business for many years.
Joe June 17, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Misty Harbor, Say what? People are losing their homes because we didn't raise their taxes by 13% in the month of June to be followed by another 13+% one month later in July? Come, you know better than that. The taxes are driving people out of their homes and the city. You should get on your knees and thank Baldelli-Hunt for holding the line and forcing the local elected officials to do more than just increase taxes. As Daniel Kaffee can appreciate - you want Baldelli-Hunt on that wall, you need her on that wall defending against the never ending onslaugth of tax increases being launched by our simple-minded status-quo local leaders. A simple 'thank-you' to Ms. Baldelli-Hunt would suffice.
Misty Harbor June 17, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Joe, no thanks...I would rather pay a supplemental tax than go bankcrupt. Maybe you don't understand how it works. I will thank Rep Baldelli and Brien when they finally do something about welfare reform. They didn't think twice about pension reform, but no one does anything when it concerns the "real wallet". People on welfare are killing this state and no one has the "you know whats" to do something about it. They are afraid because they won't be voted back in. So my vote goes to reps that stand their ground and do what's right for everyone. That's just my opinion
Novan for Life June 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Misty can't appreciate a good thing when it sits right in front of her. Apparently she wants the 13.8% supplemental tax bill so she can lose her home good luck with that misty.
Misty Harbor June 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hey Robert, You don't even pay taxes....and from your comments on this website you sound like you haven't graduated from elementary school.. Yes, I would rather pay a supplemental tax bill, because the bankcruptcy tax bill will be higher, duh.
Jerry June 17, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Robert, apparently Misty understands it better than you. You still think WED has done nothing wrong. Perhaps you failed in common sense in school.
Mike Kind June 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Misty Harbor, last year, the City Council did the equilvqlent of using a credit card to fund a deficit, for which we will be paying high interest rates for years. If the proposed tax had passed, we still would have had a deficit of over $3 million because the needed concessions from City employees had not even been formally requested, let alone agreed to. We continue to underfund pension liabilities, a practice which will result in catastrophic consequences in just a few years. We need a total reset of the City's finances and obligations, we need to re-configure the tax base, we need more responsible management of the School Department, and we need to address issues such as the anti-business NIMBY attitude of some of our citizens. This attitude has caused Walmart to leave, frustrated our largest taxpayer, and squelched development. A year ago, before I learned the true gravity of our short- and long-term situation, I would have ruled out bankruptcy. Today, I see no alternative.
Novan for Life June 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Jerry did i mention WED no stop bringing up the past and move on!
Novan for Life June 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Ok misty clearly like jerry your pal you both like living in the past again move on! Quite frankly either way if that supplemental tax passed everyone except in section 8 would have felt the effect. By the way misty you should thank Ms. Baldelli-Hunt and Rep Jon Brien for not allowing the city to dig deeper in your pockets for now. BE GRATEFUL NOT MISERABLE :)
Joe June 18, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Misty Harbor, You won't get an argument from me over the need for reform and reductions in the social welfare costs that are killing us. But that does not mean we should embrace a 13% Supplemental Tax increase (that will repeat again in 1 month) in the abscence of a plan. The elected officials calling for a Supplemental Tax increase have done nothing else but ask for more taxes. What makes you think that Bankruptcy is going to happen? Maybe now, without the crutch of a Supplemental Tax increase, our local leaders will put together the comprehensive plan that they should have crafted months ago. And even if we end up in bankruptcy, because our local leaders waited so long to take decisive action, why do you think the tax increase will be higher than the huge increases they are currently asking for? Worst case under bankruptcy, we end up with the same big tax increases that our Mayor and Council President is asking for. Best case, a bankruptcy gives us a big tax increase and restructures some of the unaffordable costs that we have. Either way, bankruptcy is not the cause of our problems, it is the result of our problems.

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