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O’Neill resolution stirs debate

December 15, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After Councilman James O’Neill proposed a resolution to Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee regarding his future financial policies, the town council heatedly debated the merits of the resolution at Monday night’s meeting.

“Small businesses and taxpayers seem to have no leader looking out for their interests. I really believe looking at spending is what we have to control and no one seems to bite the bullet. There are eight or nine reasons why the Governor-elect needs to hear from us. He needs to stop, look and analyze before moving forward. This is what we need to do for our taxpayers. We need to put more money in the hands of taxpayers, not the government,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill’s resolution states that since Chafee received only 36.1 percent of the vote, he has no mandate and that the mandate is with the other three major candidates who were unified on financial issues and received a total of 63.9 percent of the vote. The resolution further recommends Chafee to refrain from his proposed one percent sales tax, which O’Neill thinks will only burden taxpayers more. O’Neill claims that the $100 million that Chafee predicts to raise with the sales tax will only be used to pay back unions who supported him in the election.

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