2018 District 24 Constituent Survey
Dear District 24 Voter;

Since my election in 2016, I’ve worked hard to bring new energy and ideas to the General Assembly. As a life-long Rhode Islander and a parent, I want to help craft solutions that meet the needs of District voters. So I’ve made it a point to continue to talk to our neighbors to hear your concerns and get your advice.

In the year since our last Survey, the challenges have not become any easier. We have another projected budget deficit. Education results continue to lag behind our neighbors. Job growth is stagnant. And gun violence, especially in schools, has reached a crisis point. We’re finally beginning to take real action to address these problems, but we need to work harder and do more. I’m absolutely committed to make Rhode Island a better place to live, work and raise a family.
This survey is another way to hear from you, the District 24 voter, about the issues we’ll face at the General Assembly in the coming weeks. Please take the time to answer the questions and provide your input. Please feel free to pass the survey along to any District 24 voter, or let me know if you (or someone you know) would prefer a paper copy. And you can always contact me personally at http://www.ShanleyforWarwick.com or by phone at 401.440.3493, and follow me on our Facebook page – ShanleyforWarwick.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

1. Rhode Island leaders have been promising to reduce or eliminate the car tax for years. Last year the General Assembly finally took action. We passed legislation to eliminate the car tax over five years, but once again we’re facing an enormous deficit. I’m committed to staying the course and working to live within our means. Speaker Mattiello has proposed to gradually eliminate the car tax over. Do you support continuing to eliminate of the car tax over the next five years?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
2. If we’re ever going to get our state budget under control, we need to find the waste and efficiencies that everyone talks about, but never seem to get addressed. Frankly, we can’t rely on the State bureaucracy to solve this problem. I’ve introduced bipartisan legislation to establish a Rhode Island Inspector General whose sole function would be to find inefficiencies and make recommendations for change. Do you support establishment of an Office of Inspector General?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
3. As a proud graduate of Tollgate High School, Winman Junior High and Cedar Hill Elementary, I’m committed to making sure that today’s Warwick students have the best education we can afford. Unfortunately, government has neglected school maintenance and construction for so long that one estimate suggests we’ll need $1 billion to get our schools up to speed. We have to get started on this long overdue project if we expect our students to be active citizens and compete for tomorrow’s jobs. Do you support the Governor’s proposal to invest in a $250 million bond issue for school maintenance and construction?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
4. More and more often, states are turning to marijuana legalization to generate tax revenue and economic development. Massachusetts is expected to allow retail sales beginning July 1. If regulators can provide meaningful assurances that dispensaries will be managed safely, do you support legalization of marijuana?
Srtongly Oppose
Strongly Support
5. Another potential source of revenue is online gambling. A US Supreme Court ruling that allows online gambling is expected in June. Should Rhode Island permit sports betting online?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
6. Could this be the year that we finally address gun violence? I’ve joined my colleagues in the House to enact “Red Flag” legislation and prohibit “bump stocks,” but we can go further. Would you support additional measures to address gun violence, like raising the minimum purchase age from 18 to 21, and prohibiting the sale of AR-15 semi-automatic weapons?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
7. Few people are aware that when we surf the internet, our personal information is collected, stored, and even sold without us ever knowing. I’ve again introduced legislation, the Right to Know Act, that would require commercial websites and internet providers to notify you when they collect and sell your browsing history and personal data. Do you support this legislation?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
8. President Trump has vowed to appoint judges who will limit or eliminate completely a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions by overruling the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. I believe that government should stay out of these decisions, and that a politician’s personal religious views should not be imposed legislatively. Do you support legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade into existing Rhode Island law?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
9. Last session ended without legislation to build a new stadium for the Paw Sox. I support Speaker Mattiello’s demand that the negotiators go back to the table to produce legislation that is revenue neutral – meaning RI taxpayers get a real return on any investment in a new stadium. Should RI help fund a new stadium in Pawtucket?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
10. The Trudeau Center is a premier provider of services for adults and children with disabilities, and their families, as well as one of our largest employers. It’s reliant primarily on State and Federal funds. The State has been starving Trudeau for years, and the Governor’s budget plans and additional $18 million cut in support for people with disabilities. Do you support at least level funding these programs and eliminating the cuts?
Strongly Oppose
Strongly Support
11. Are there other issues or concerns you’d like the General Assembly to address this session? Please comment below.
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