Oh, the delicious ironies of Rhode Island politics: Gov. Gina Raimondo posed with a flock of mayors and local officials this afternoon to tout her new executive order that is meant to help Rhode Island cities and towns save money.
As part of her executive order, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, the former Cumberland mayor, will lead an effort to talk to municipal leaders and get their ideas for saving taxpayer dollars, according to RIPR’s report by our political reporter, the intrepid Ian Donnis.
Raimondo told reporters that her intention is to answer the question: ``How can we work together to streamline, how can we work together to consolidate, how can we work together to regionalize, so we can keep costs down, keep property taxes down, but deliver high-quality services to the people of Rhode Island.’’
Yet, Raimondo declined at the same news conference to reveal whether she will raise, cut or level-fund aid to Rhode Island communities.
The grand irony here is that when Lincoln Chafee was governor, and Raimondo was general treasurer during the pension overhaul General Assembly session of 2011, town and city councils all over the state, at Chafee’s urging , requested that Raimondo and the Assembly enact enabling legislation that would help municipalities control pension costs. It was Raimondo, and her Democratic enablers in the Assembly, who killed that initiative that would have helped cities and towns. How soon the mighty forget!!
All Rhode Islanders wish her and McKee well in getting municipal costs under control. But it looks to some like our new governor is flip-flopping like a freshly caught flounder. Hopefully this amounts to more than a grip-and grin photo op.