State Sen. Thomas Paolino an­nounces re-elec­tion bid

Woonsocket Call - - VALLEY / NATION -

State Sen. Thomas Paolino re­cently re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment an­nounc­ing his in­ten­tion to cam­paign for re-elec­tion:

“To­day it is with great pride that I an­nounce my can­di­dacy for state Se­nate Dis­trict 17; Lin­coln, North Prov­i­dence, and North Smith­field. Two years ago I was hum­bled to be elected to rep­re­sent our dis­trict upon the re­tire­ment of Sen. Ed O’Neill. Sen. O’Neill rep­re­sented us with in­tegrity, com­pe­tence, and ethics; val­ues I have worked hard to up­hold dur­ing my term in the Se­nate. I voted against the Paw­tucket Red Sox deal to pro­tect our tax­pay­ers, espe- cially with the House ver­sion which added an ad­di­tional $54 mil­lion in debt ser­vice. I have de­liv­ered on my prom­ises of low­er­ing taxes for my con­stituents with the car tax phase out, sav­ing tax­pay­ers in our dis­trict over $1 mil­lion,” he said.

“I sup­ported safe school ef­forts by vot­ing for red flag leg­is­la­tion. As a newly ap­pointed mem­ber of the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, I fought for our fair share in school con­struc­tion fund­ing, re­sult­ing in an ad­di­tional $8.4 mil­lion, for build­ing the new Lin­coln High School and I will con­tinue this fight for our dis­trict. Ad­di­tion­ally, as a mem­ber of the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, I co-spon­sored leg­is­la­tion to com­bat the opi­oid cri­sis and ad­dressed is­sues for our se­nior and most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens,” he said.

“I con­tinue to be a watch­dog in the Se­nate vot­ing against bad leg­is­la­tion in­tended for self-in­ter­est over pub­lic in­ter­est. I will con­tinue to lead the way for the com­plete re­peal of the car tax, and be an ad­vo­cate for fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity with tax­payer money. I will con­tinue to im­prove the busi­ness land­scape in our dis­trict to at­tract new busi­ness and re­tain the busi­nesses we have. And I will re­peal an­ti­quated laws that hurt our busi­nesses and res­i­dents and serve no pur­pose,” he said.

“It would be an honor and priv­i­lege to once again be your voice and rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Rhode Is­land Se­nate. To­gether, we can work for a bet­ter state. I re­spect­fully ask for your sup­port and vote. I pledge to rep­re­sent you with a com­mon sense ap­proach, mak­ing ed­u­cated de­ci­sions with class, dig­nity and pride while putting your in­ter­ests above all. I will con­tinue to be ac­ces­si­ble. Please con­tact me at any time via email or call me on my cell phone at thomas­paolino@ya­hoo.com and 401-749-6120.”

State Sen. Thomas Paolino

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