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.
“Our economy needs a real game changer and not just a tiny one but we need a dramatic change now,” she added.
Morgan, who’s on the sales tax study commission, said lowering or removing the sales tax might be something that’ll effect change to the state’s economy.
“I have a few ideas about reform that’ll help stimulate new business creation in Rhode Island and that’s what we need; new businesses and manufacturers who will hire our good people in the state,” she explained.
She said she feels like government officials in 2013 did not take the necessary “big steps” needed to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s government.
Locally, she said she’s excited about Lippitt Mill qualifying for the state historic tax credit to renovate the historic structure.
“I’d also like to see Harris Mill finished; that’s smack dab in the middle of my district,” she added.
Representative Patricia Serpa (District 27, Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) agreed with Morgan, explaining that she’d love to see “some 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.”
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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