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Now that the ball has dropped and 2014 is upon us, local legislators are looking forward to the upcoming challenges and hopes for their district and the state of Rhode Island.
Representative Patricia Morgan (District 26, Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) said one of the biggest things that needs to change in the state in 2014 is its economy.
â€śOur economy needs a real game changer and not just a tiny one but we need a dramatic change now,â€ť she added.
Morgan, whoâ€™s on the sales tax study commission, said lowering or removing the sales tax might be something thatâ€™ll effect change to the stateâ€™s economy.
â€śI have a few ideas about reform thatâ€™ll help stimulate new business creation in Rhode Island and thatâ€™s what we need; new businesses and manufacturers who will hire our good people in the state,â€ť she explained.
She said she feels like government officials in 2013 did not take the necessary â€śbig stepsâ€ť needed to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse in the stateâ€™s government.
Locally, she said sheâ€™s excited about Lippitt Mill qualifying for the state historic tax credit to renovate the historic structure.
â€śIâ€™d also like to see Harris Mill finished; thatâ€™s smack dab in the middle of my district,â€ť she added.
Representative Patricia Serpa (District 27, Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) agreed with Morgan, explaining that sheâ€™d love to see â€śsome projects developed in town as a result of the historic tax credits and I know the town manager of West Warwick is working hard to make sure that happens.â€ť
One of the biggest concerns she has in regards to West Warwick in 2014 is its unfunded pension liability and the ever growing budget.
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