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Statement from Governor Chafee: Proposed Pay Raises "Unacceptable"


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I strongly object to this contract proposal, which would provide a 3% compounded raise for 3 years at a time when other state employees are making daily financial sacrifice, when taxpayers of our state are under severe strain, and when families with students attending our public institutions of higher education are facing tuition increases of 9.5% at URI, 7.5% at CCRI, and 4% at RIC.

It's not that these fine faculty and staff members don't deserve a raise, but when other state employees have seen their COLAs cut and their pensions altered, this is an issue of basic fairness and common sense.

This proposal is unacceptable and the Board of Governors should have been more mindful of the challenges facing the taxpayers and tuition payers who support our state colleges and university.

Given the current economic climate in Rhode Island, and with the tremendous strain that has been placed on taxpayers and tuition payers, we cannot stand to see our scarce resources going in this direction.

I am evaluating the chronology and process that led to this situation.

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